As we’ve covered before, iOS 8 brings some very interesting changes to Messaging. One of the major introductions is the audio and video capability: you can now send audio and video messages instantly through the Messages app.

Audio and video in messages can take up a lot of space, though. So Apple designed iOS 8 in a way that prevents this data pile-up. Media messages (audio, video) will auto-delete (expire) in 2 minutes. But what if you don’t want that to happen?

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How to Prevent Audio Video Messages from Getting Auto-Deleted in iOS 8 on iDevice

Fortunately, iOS 8 comes with a setting that lets you configure this. You can prevent audio and video messages from expiring in 2 minutes.

Here’s How to Prevent Audio/Videos in Messages from Getting Deleted Automatically on iPhone and iPad (no expiration):

The Temporary method:

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  • After you send an audio / video messages, tap on Keep under the message bubble. This will permanently save the audio message.

How to Prevent Audio and Video Messages from Expiry  Auto-delete on iPhone and iPad in iOS 8

The Permanent method

  • Go to the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and tap on Messages.
  • Under the label Audio Messages, tap Expire. Two options will be displayed here: a) After 2 minutes, b) Never

Prevent Audio Video Messages from Getting Deleted Automatically in iOS 8

  • Tap on Never
  • Similarly for Video messages, under the label Video Messages, tap Expire.
  • Tap on Never
  • Quit the Settings app

You’ll now notice that the instant audio and video messages that you send are not deleted. You should not be seeing an expiration notice under the audio/video bubble. That is an indication that your audio and video messages are safe.

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