I must admit that I’m a wee bit disappointed at the bluntness of the redesigned Messages app. You know: it’s too flat, too boring even though it’s a marked departure from all the bubbles we had in iOS 6.

But one thing that changed in terms of function is the way you delete messages. Gone is that edit button to delete a message and in comes a ‘More…’ action which will help you delete messages in iOS 7.

Here’s how to delete individual messages and complete conversations in iOS 7.

How to Delete Messages in iOS 7

To Delete Individual Messages in a Conversation:

  • Tap and open any conversation where you want to delete the message
  • Now, tap and hold on a message bubble.
  • From the options, tap on “More…”
  • Now you get to that screen where you can select messages. Select the message(s) you want to delete
  • Tap on the trash icon on bottom-left of the screen.
  • Tap on “Delete”
  • That’s it.

Deleting Individual Messages and Conversations in iOS 7

In iOS 6, you could get to step #4 by pressing the “Edit” button on top-right of every conversation thread. That’s gone in iOS 7. Instead, you have “Contact” which takes you to the contact information of the person you’re messaging.

That “Edit” has now gone to the context-menu where you see “More…” along with Copy.

Deleting the Whole Conversation

Deleting a conversation remains pretty much the same.

Swipe on any thread that you want to erase completely and you see the delete button. Tap that and the conversation is gone. Remember that you can only claim them back if you’ve got a backup recently.

There are some new features in the messages app.

For instance, you can swipe right-to-left to reveal timestamps for each individual messages. This is a cool feature. Also, you can do Group messages (works best in iMessage) by adding multiple recipients to the group. The only problem is that you can’t quit the group like you can do in Whatsapp or other popular messengers.