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How to Delete Text Messages on iPhone 12

If you’re selling your iPhone 12, you might want to delete your text messages before handing them over to the next user. This will free up space and keep your personal information private during the transaction process. 

You can also erase any messages on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 if you’re upgrading to a new phone and don’t want to lose the old texts in case you need them later on. Here’s how to do it on either device.

About iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 packs a combo rear camera of 12 MP that comes equipped with 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), stereo sound rec, and a front camera of 12 MP. The handset is further blessed with an inbuilt memory of 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM and runs on Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm).

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Is There An Easy Way To Delete Text Messages On iPhone 12 / 12 Mini / 12 Pro Max?

There are a few different ways that you can delete your text messages on your iPhone. So if you have a lot of old texts and want to start fresh, here’s how to do it! 

  •  Tap Settings from the home screen of your phone
  • Scroll down and tap Messages. 
  •  Select the message thread that you want deleted and tap Delete. The conversation will be gone forever. 
  •  To delete a single message without deleting the entire conversation, swipe left across the conversation in question until all messages disappear except for one individual message.

 Once this is done, tap Edit at the top right corner of your screen. Then select Select All and then tap Delete at the bottom right corner of your screen. The individual message should be gone now. If not, try selecting Clear Conversation instead of just Clear Message.

 If both methods don’t work, try restarting your phone and trying again later. If none of these methods work, contact Apple Support via email or by calling them directly at 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753).

How Do I Permanently Delete Text Messages From My iPhone 12?

The first thing you need to do is open the text message that you want to delete. To do this, either swipe left or right until you find the message in question and then tap on it. Next, scroll down to the bottom of the screen where there should be a button that says Delete in green letters. 

When you tap this button, a pop-up will appear asking for your confirmation. Click Delete again and that’s it! You’ll notice that your conversation with this person will now have one less text message in it.

If you are looking for another way to remove messages from your iPhone without deleting them from the entire phone altogether, you can use the Edit option at the top of each conversation. Tap Edit and then select all of the messages that you wish to permanently delete by tapping on them one by one or dragging a line over all of them.

 Finally, press Delete. Once again, you’ll get the same popup as before asking if you’re sure about permanently deleting these messages. Confirm once more and they’re gone forever! If you have a lot of conversations that you would like to delete all of the messages from, instead of selecting them individually, try using the Select All button. 

To find it, tap on any conversation so that you see its name and when you look to the very top bar along the title bar, there should be an icon called Select All (a checkmark inside a blue circle). After tapping this icon, all conversations with just one word written in their titles will be selected automatically and ready for deletion.

 Make sure to read the rest of this post because we’ve also included some tips for remembering what was said in your text messages.

After tapping this icon, all conversations with just one word written in their titles will be selected automatically and ready for deletion. Make sure to read the rest of this post because we’ve also included some tips for remembering what was said in your text messages.

How do I get rid of unwanted text messages?

You can delete text messages one by one, but it’s a lot easier if you go into your conversations and delete them all at once. To do this, tap Edit then Delete All from the upper-right corner of the screen.

If you still want to remove a message from your inbox without deleting all of them, swipe left on any conversation and tap Delete. You’ll see that the button is grayed out until you’ve selected more than one message. 

If there are any unread or old messages in your inbox that you don’t need, tap More (upper right) > Archive. Keep reading for more tips about managing your texts. – How do I get rid of my search history? If you don’t like seeing certain words when you’re scrolling through your messages, turn off Search History. 

Go to Settings > Messages > Search History and toggle the switch to off. 

– What does Show Contact Photo do?

How do you delete multiple messages on an iPhone 12?

Since iPhones are synced with iCloud, you can also delete old messages from your computer. 

To delete text messages from your phone, go to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Manage Storage

Select the messages you want to delete and then tap the button that says Delete. If you’re still having trouble deleting messages, try restarting your device by holding down the power button and sliding to power off before turning it back on again. 

You should be able to see the message options when you turn it back on again.

The following instructions are for an Android device: To delete text messages from an Android device, go into your settings and select Messaging (or whatever app is used for messaging). Once in Messaging, select all of the conversations you would like to delete.

How to delete text messages on iPhone 12 for both sides

Follow these steps to delete text messages on your iPhone

  1. Open the Messages app. 
  1. Tap the message thread you want to delete, then tap and hold the message bubble until it starts shaking. 
  1. Tap Delete Message when prompted.
  1. Repeat this process for every message you want to delete in that thread, or tap Select All if you want to delete all messages in a single thread at once, then tap Delete Message. 

Deleting conversations only deletes the messages; they don’t delete any contact information, voicemail recordings, or other related data stored on the device.

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