Over a period of time saved Messages and Message Attachments can start taking up a lot of storage space on your device, and this can be a problem if you are already short of space on your device. In this article we are showing you two methods to Delete Saved Messages from your iPhone.
Saved Messages on iPhone
By default, Apple saves all the Messages and Attachments you send and receive on your iPhone, allowing you to access your entire message history with a contact whenever you open up a conversation.
While this feature can be very useful, you need to be aware that Saved Messages (especially with attachments) take up storage space on your device.
You can delete saved Messages on your iPhone by using a third party app called iBackupBot and also by changing the Message Settings on your iPhone.
Delete Saved Messages on iPhone Using Settings App
Deleting Saved Messages on your iPhone using the Settings app is quite simple. The only downside to this method is that it can only delete Messages that are older than 30 days. New messages received within the last 30 days will still remain on your iPhone.
1. Tap on Settings
2. Next, tap on Messages
3. Now, tap on Keep Messages
4. From the list of options, tap on 30 Days (See image below)
5. You will see a Pop-up informing you that all Messages older than 30 days will be deleted. Tap on Delete
Delete Saved Messages on iPhone Using iBackupBot
This method is a bit longer, but it removes all of the Attachments in your Messages app at once, which quickly frees up storage space on your device.
1. Download and setup iBackupBot on your Computer.
2. Now, connect your iPhone to Computer using a USB cable
3. Open iTunes and Backup your iPhone to the Computer using iTunes
Once you have made a backup of your iPhone to your computer and setup iBackupBot, follow the steps below to remove all messages from your iPhone using iBackupBot Backup Manager for iPhone and iPad.
1. Launch iBackupBot on your Computer.
iBackupBot will perform an initial scan and automatically find the backup that you just created.
2. Navigate to the Attachments folder of your recent iPhone backup by following the path System Files/Media Domain/Library/SMS/Attachments.
You can start by double clicking on the System Files followed by MediaDomain > Library > SMS > Attachments.
3. Now on the right side of iBackupBot screen you should be seeing folders with different names (See image above)
These are the folders that are taking up space as Saved Messages on your iPhone, most of these folders contain pictures and other attachments that you sent or received.
4. Select all the Folders and click on the Delete icon that you will find on the top menu
5. Once you click delete you will see a pop up asking you to confirm deletion. Tap on Delete to delete all messages and message attachments.
The last step in this procedure is to restore the backup that you just edited using iBackupBot to your iPhone.
1. Tap on SMS from the iBackupBot sidebar menu (See image below)
2. Now, from the Right Side of iBackupBot screen tap on Attachments (See image above)
3. Next tap on the Restore button (See image below)
4. Once you click Restore you will see a popup with 3 restore options. Make sure the first 2 options are checked and that the third option is unchecked (See image below)
5. Click on OK to Restore Backup
Note: In some cases you may encounter errors, the most common being error Code -37. In case you do come across Error -37, just Turn Off Find my iPhone on your device and try Restoring again.