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Recent calls in the phone app reveal everything about the call history on your iPhone. It's a powerful feature that lets you track all calls that you made, received or missed. The amount of information it holds is quite huge.

But, of course, sometimes, having a call history is going to get you into trouble. For those who need to erase call history – one or all – this is the complete guide you're looking for.

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How to Delete iPhone Call History

We'll be looking at:

  1. How to Erase a Single Call from the logs
  2. How to delete entire Call history
  3. How to back up call history

Dive right in.

#1. How to Delete a Single Call from iPhone Call log:

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  • Open the phone app and tap on ‘Recents'

Tap on Recent Tab in Phone App

  • Find the particular log that you want to remove and “swipe” horizontally on it.
  • When the ‘Delete' button shows up, tap that and the call log will be deleted.

Delete Particular Call History on iPhoneAlternatively

  • You can also tap on ‘Edit' from the top.

Tap on Edit Call History in iPhone

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  • Then tap the red-minus button on the left of the particular call log.

Tap on Red Minus Icon in iPhone Phone App

  • Hit delete and it's gone!

#2. How to Delete Entire iPhone Call History?
You can't “undo” this.

  • In the Recents, tap on “Edit.”

Tap on Edit Call History in iPhone

  • Now, tap on ‘Clear.'

Tap on Clear in iPhone Call History

  • Hit ‘Clear All Recent' and all the data should be gone.

Tap on Clear All Recents in iPhone#3. Okay all that's fine but how do you take backups of call logs?

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Some of us want to have these backups for safety or for the numbers. To do this, the simplest way is to get into the file system of your iPhone. There are plenty of options like iExplorer and some SSH clients but our choice would be iFunbox.com.

  • Using iFunbox, you just have to access this folder in your iPhone: /var/mobile/Library/CallHistory
  • Copy call_history.db to your backup location.
  • If you want this history back, just paste this in the same location and voila! It's back!
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Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.

  • C Freund

    i have an iphone 6. i have followed the procedures to Clear All Recents several times, and it works – for a few moments. then they all reappear. how do i delete all recents PERMANENTLY?

  • Sonia

    I have 2 iphones, one for work (iphone1) and one personal (iphone2)
    Lately all the calls I do and receive on the iphone2 appear on the recent list on iphone1, but just in this direction. The calls made and received on iPhone1 don’t appear on iphone2.
    How can I remove those calls made with the another iphone from the recent list?
    I have 2 iphones since 2 years and it never happened before.

  • Nathan Burton

    Can the call_history.db file be opened in windows?