How to Automatically Delete Old Text Messages on iPhone or iPad

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By default, your iPhone and iPad save all iMessage and SMS text messages that come your way. As a result, you could have years of iCloud-synced messages following you for the rest of your life, taking up valuable space. Fortunately, there is a way to automatically delete old text messages. That is how.

First, open “Settings” on your iPhone or iPad.

Under “Settings,” tap “Messages.”

In iPhone or iPad settings, tap "Posts."

Under “Messages,” scroll down and tap “Save Messages.”

On iPhone or iPad "Posts" settings, touch "Keep messages."

By default, Messages is set to keep your SMS text messages and iMessages forever. Tap “30 days” or “1 year,” depending on how long you want to keep your old messages.

Select "30 days" either "1 year."

After tapping “30 days” or “1 year”, you will see a pop-up dialog asking if you want to delete all messages older than the time period you chose. If you are sure, tap “Delete”.

Warning: After you tap Delete, your iPhone will automatically delete all text messages that are older than 1 year or 30 days, whichever you choose. You won’t be able to get them back.


Play "Erase" if you want to delete your old messages right away.

After that, exit Settings. From now on, Messages will automatically delete all messages once they reach the 30-day or 1-year mark, depending on which option you choose. Happy texting!

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