Deleting Imessages

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Deleting Imessages

Tap and hold a message. Then, tap More trash can Delete Message, or tap Delete All to delete the whole conversation. Another way to delete a conversation: Swipe right on the conversation and select trash can Delete. Or, from the messages list, tap and hold the conversation and select Delete Delete. Deleting or losing conversations in iMessages can be really frustrating especially when those important messages came from a special person or a group of people. It may seem like a dead end when you discovered that you don’t even have backups set. FoneDog - iOS Data Recovery will save you from all the hassles and frustrations. Christina shows us some features of the newest iOS7 iMessage including swiping to see the times of your sent and recieved text messages and selecting and del.

On your iPhone:

  1. Delete messages on iPhone. In the Messages app, you can delete messages and entire conversations. You can’t recover a deleted conversation. With Messages in iCloud, anything you delete from iPhone is also deleted from your other Apple devices where Messages in iCloud is turned on.
  2. To delete an individual message or attachment, follow these steps: Open a message conversation. Control-click the blank area of a message bubble that you want to delete.
  1. Go to Settings > Messages and make sure that iMessage is on. You might need to wait a moment for it to activate.
  2. Tap Send & Receive. If you see “Use your Apple ID for iMessage,” tap it and sign in with the same Apple ID that you use on your Mac, iPad, and iPod touch.
  3. In the 'You can receive iMessages' section, make sure that your phone number and Apple ID are selected.
  4. Go to Settings > FaceTime and make sure that your phone number and Apple ID are selected in the 'You can be reached by FaceTime at' section.

On your other devices, you can now turn on the phone number that you just set up:

If you use this feature and share your Apple ID with someone, you can't prevent them from seeing your conversations. Instead of using the same Apple ID as someone else, set up Family Sharing.

Remove your phone number

If you don't want calls or messages for your iPhone on your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, you can remove your phone number. There are two ways to do this:

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  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive. Select your Apple ID at the bottom of the screen and tap Sign Out. Then go to Settings > FaceTime, select your Apple ID and tap Sign Out.
  • If the phone number that you want to remove belongs to an iPhone that you can't access, change your Apple ID password. This removes all phone numbers from your iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. Calls or messages for the removed numbers won't appear on those devices anymore.

If you have questions, contact Apple Support.

Turn your phone number on or off for your Mac

After you set up your phone number, you can turn it on or off for Messages and FaceTime on your Mac.

  1. Open Messages or FaceTime. If asked, sign in with the Apple ID that you're using with Messages and FaceTime on your iPhone.
  2. For Messages, choose Messages > Preferences, then click iMessage. For FaceTime, choose FaceTime > Preferences, then click Settings.
  3. Turn your phone number on or off:
    • To turn on your phone number, select it and your Apple ID in the list. If you don't see your phone number, get help with your settings or contact Apple Support. If you see a number that isn't yours, change your Apple ID password.
    • To turn off your phone number, deselect it in the list.
  4. If you want recipients to see your phone number and not your Apple ID, select your phone number from the “Start new conversations from” or ”Start new calls from” pop-up menu.

Learn how to make messages that you send and receive on your iPhone appear on your Mac, iPad, and iPod touch.

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After you set up your phone number, you can turn it on or off for Messages and FaceTime on your iPad or iPod touch.

  1. For Messages, go to Settings > Messages and make sure that iMessage is on. If asked, sign in with the Apple ID you're using with Messages and FaceTime on your iPhone. Then tap Send & Receive.
  2. For FaceTime, go to Settings > FaceTime. If asked, sign in with the Apple ID that you're using with Messages and FaceTime on your iPhone.
  3. Turn your phone number on or off:
    • To turn on your phone number, select it and your Apple ID in the “You can be reached” section. If you don't see your phone number, get help with your settings or contact Apple Support. If you see a number that isn't yours, change your Apple ID password.
    • To turn off your phone number, uncheck it.

Learn how to make messages that you send and receive on your iPhone also appear on your Mac, iPad, and iPod touch.

If you can't see or select your number in Messages or FaceTime

  1. Make sure that you're using the latest software for your Mac or iOS device.
  2. Make sure that you correctly followed the iPhone steps to set up your phone number. You should be using the same Apple ID on all of your devices.
  3. In the “You can be reached” section of Messages and FaceTime settings, make sure that there are checkmarks beside your phone number and Apple ID:

If your phone number is unchecked and you can't select it, or you have some other issue, follow these steps:

  1. On your Mac:
    • In Messages, choose Messages > Preferences, then click iMessage. Click Sign Out.
    • In FaceTime, choose FaceTime > Preferences, then click Sign Out.
  2. On your iPhone, iPad, and iPod:
    • Go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive. Tap your Apple ID, then tap Sign Out.
    • Go to Settings > FaceTime. Tap your Apple ID, then tap Sign Out.
  3. On your iPhone:
    • Go back to Settings > Messages and make sure that iMessage is turned on.
    • Tap Send & Receive, then choose “Use your Apple ID for iMessage” and sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Using the same Apple ID, sign back in to Messages and FaceTime on your other devices.

If you still need help, change your Apple ID password and repeat the setup steps. If that doesn't work, contact Apple Support.

What happens when you delete messages or turn off the Messages in iCloud feature

With Messages in iCloud, when you delete a message, attachment, or conversation on one device, it deletes from all of your devices. This can help free up some space in your iCloud storage, while keeping the rest of your conversations up to date across your devices. Once you delete a message, you can't get it back.

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If you don't need to keep your conversations up to date across your devices, you can turn off the Messages in iCloud feature. If you turn off Messages in iCloud on an iPhone or iPad, your message history is included in a separate iCloud backup.

How to delete messages from iCloud

With Messages in iCloud enabled, if you delete a message in one place, it deletes everywhere.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

To delete an individual message or attachment, follow these steps:

  1. In a message conversation, touch and hold the message bubble or attachment that you want to delete.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Trash , then tap Delete Message. If you want to delete all messages in the thread tap Delete All, in the upper-left corner. Then tap Delete Conversation.

To delete multiple attachments from a contact or conversation, follow these steps:

  1. In a message conversation, tap the contact's name at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Info .
  3. Select See All Photos
  4. Tap Select, tap the images you'd like to delete.
  5. Tap Delete, then tap Delete Attachment to confirm.

To delete an entire conversation, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe left over the conversation that you want to delete.
  2. Tap Delete.
  3. Tap Delete again to confirm.

On your Mac

To delete an individual message or attachment, follow these steps:

  1. Open a message conversation.
  2. Control-click the blank area of a message bubble that you want to delete.
  3. Choose Delete.
  4. Click Delete.

To delete an entire conversation, follow these steps:

  1. Control-click a conversation.
  2. Choose Delete Conversation.
  3. Click Delete.

Learn more about about deleting texts and attachments in Messages in iCloud.

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Turn off the Messages in iCloud feature

If you don't want to store your message history in iCloud and keep your conversations up to date across your devices, use the steps below to turn off Messages in iCloud.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Tap Manage Storage.
  4. Tap Messages, then tap Disable & Delete.

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On your Mac

  1. Open Messages, then choose Messages in the menu bar.
  2. Select Preferences, then click iMessage.
  3. Deselect Enable Messages in iCloud, then select Disable All.

If you can't delete messages on your Mac

If you delete individual messages from iCloud but you still see them on your Mac, you might need to edit your Messages settings on your Mac. In Messages, go to Preferences > General. Make sure that the box next to 'Save history when conversations are closed' is deselected.

Learn more about your iCloud storage limit

When you go over your iCloud storage limit, your messages and attachments don't upload to iCloud, and your devices won't back up or download to iCloud. You can still access your most recent messages, but they won't be stored in iCloud and deleted messages will not update on all of your devices. To keep using Messages in iCloud, upgrade your storage or free up space by deleting files that you don't need.