How to Delete Text Messages on iPhone for Both Sides

By John Adebimitan

You’ve sent a text you shouldn’t have, or you’re just tired of the clutter. No worries, you’re not stuck with it. Deleting messages from both your iPhone and the recipient’s isn’t as easy as hitting ‘delete’, but it’s doable.

This guide will walk you through how to delete text messages on iPhone for both sides, ensuring you’re the boss of your message history. But remember, once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.

So, let’s dive in and take control of your texts.

How to Delete Text Messages on iPhone for Both Sides

Ready to wipe those messages off both sides of your iPhone? Let’s get started.

Here are a few simple steps that will guide you through the process, ensuring you can clear out those unneeded messages in no time.

To ensure your iPhone’s privacy and security, it’s important to know how to permanently delete text messages on iPhone for both sides.

Start by opening the Messages app and select the conversation you’d like to clear. Tap and hold the message you want to erase, then choose the More option from the menu. Select the messages for deletion and tap the Delete button.

To permanently erase them, open your Settings app, tap on General, then select iPhone Storage. Locate the Messages app, tap on it, and choose the Offload App option. Finally, select the Delete App option and confirm.

Precautions when deleting messages on iPhone

Considering the irreversible nature of deleting messages, you should be careful not to delete any important or needed conversations from your iPhone. Deleting a message is a final step, and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. So, before you hit that delete button, ensure you’re certain you won’t need that message again.

Don’t forget that deleting a text on your iPhone doesn’t mean it’s deleted on the receiver’s phone. So, if you’ve sent something you regret, deleting it from your device won’t erase it from theirs. It’s essential to keep in mind that for a message to be deleted from both sides, action must be taken from both devices.

Additionally, when deleting entire message threads, it’s a good idea to double-check for any valuable information you may still need. Threads often contain shared photos, videos, or important information that could be lost forever.

If you’re worried about losing important data, consider backing up your messages before deleting them. This can be done through iCloud or by using a third-party app.

Lastly, be aware of your iCloud settings. If you’ve got message syncing enabled, deleting a message from your iPhone will also remove it from any other devices linked to your iCloud account. This is convenient for cleaning up multiple devices at once, but it’s another way you could accidentally lose important information.

These precautions will help you ensure that you’re only deleting what you really want to and keeping the valuable things safe.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens if I Delete a Message While the Other Person’s iPhone Is Off? Will the Message Still Be Deleted From Their Device?

If you delete a message while the other person’s iPhone is off, it’ll only disappear from your device. When they turn their phone back on, the message will still be there. You can’t delete it for them.

Can I Delete a Message Sent to a Non-iPhone User From Both Sides?

No, you can’t delete a sent message from a non-iPhone user’s device. Once the message is sent, it’s out of your control. Only the recipient can delete it from their own device.

Are There Any Apps or Settings That Can Be Used to Automatically Delete Messages From Both Sides After a Certain Period of Time?

Unfortunately, you can’t automatically delete text messages on both ends after a set time on an iPhone. However, you may consider third-party apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp for self-deleting messages, but it’s not infallible.

If I Delete a Message Before the Other Person Reads It, Will They Still Receive a Notification or See the Message?

Even if you delete a message before the other person reads it, they’ll still receive a notification and see the message. Your deletion only affects your device, not the recipient’s view of the conversation.

How Does the Deletion of Messages on iMessage Differ From Other Messaging Apps Like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger?

Unlike other apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, when you delete iMessages, they’re only removed from your device. They’ll still appear on the recipient’s device unless they also choose to delete them.

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