How to delete individual iMessages and texts in iOS 7

How to delete individual iMessages and texts in iOS 7

One feature that changed in iOS 7 in regards to the Messages app is how you delete individual messages. In previous versions of iOS, you'd just tap the edit button and tick off the messages you'd like to delete followed by tapping the delete option. Many users have been scratching their heads wondering where that edit option went in iOS 7. It isn't gone, it's just moved. Here's how to find it again!

How to delete iMessages in iOS 7

  1. Launch the Messages app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.
  2. Hold your finger down on any message in the thread you'd like to delete messages from.
  3. Now tap on the More... option from the menu that pops up.
  4. You should now have the option to tick off messages and delete them just like you did in previous versions of iOS.

That's all there is to it. You can get back to deleting individual messages!

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How to delete individual iMessages and texts in iOS 7


Good to know. I would not have found that on my own!

Does make me wonder what kinds of things you're texting, however :-D

Simple deletion or 'erase all content and settings' will not enough to completely delete messages from your device, they can be still recovered by some data recovery app ( You should use professional iOS data eraser app to erase your personal data.

Erase data from iOS device:

Nope, unread messages will be displayed on iMessage app. It will be a great plain to delete messages indivisually if you have a large number of messages. Bulk deletion is preferred. Here is a nice blog post ( )on how to delete messages separately or in bulk, you are free to choose the one you like. Simple and straighforward!

This also lets you forward messages. Once you have the message ticked, hit the arrow on the right side across from the trash can and you can forward the selected message(s) to another contact. I was looking for this, sometimes when I have a picture I want to send separately to others, this comes in handy.

Found this accidentally when trying to copy a text that was sent to me. Thought they got rid of it and was pretty bummed about it.

Really?! Apple still doesn't show contact pictures in the Messages app?? I'll miss BiteSMS until there's a new Jailbreak... :/

In addition to holding down the message you want to delete, you can also double tap the message and get the same result.

Thank you! I was just wondering about this tonite.. Good SEO work, you were one of the first results I found on this subject! :-)

Thank you for this little gem! It has been driving me nuts trying to figure this out, I just caved and googled for an answer.. lol

Doesn't work when there is only numbers in the message you want to delete - only options are call, copy, send message, add to contacts... grrr... messages with numbers in them are sometimes the most important ones to delete

I sent an address by text which was a hyperlink and now when I hold down on the message to try delete it all I get is a pop up for " Open in maps, Add to contacts, Copy, Delete. The Copy/ More works fine on all other text messages. I can't seem to find a work around for that one. I guess next time I better put some non linked text into the message if I want to delete just a single message. Edit: OK I should have read all the posts first because the double tap did work. The double tap is the more fool proof way to delete a single message. Thanks to Clegg05 for the additional method of deleting.

This doesn't actually seem to delete anything. I mean, it does on the device I'm on temporarily, but if I go to all my other iMessage clients—even if I relaunch them—the message is still there.

I only bring it up because the article isn't clear on that point...and that is a *huge* deal. Someone who does this probably doesn't realize their messages live on on other devices.

I joined the group because suddenly, after the latest version of iOS, I cannot erase messages in the iphone! Any modification should be for better, I do not understand the opposite! Now I saw your instructions about that, but if I can delete the individual message, I do not accomplish to erase the group title! It remains a title without messages!

Sounds good and the first couple of steps work great, however I have no garbage can or arrow at the bottom. I can check the messages off just like it says but at the bottom is just the same as it is when I write texts. The little microphone and the space to type in.