How do I view old photos in Messages on iPhone?

As we all know, iMessage and SMS conversation threads can go for a long time and can encompass years of shared photos, locations, voice notes, and more. If you wanted to go back and look at it all, how would you do that?

iOS 10 has changed things up slightly for attachments, separating photos and videos from the rest of your attachments. This is your guide to managing it all.

How to view and share your Messages attachments in iOS 10

  1. Launch the Messages app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the conversation for which you would like to see the attachments.
  3. Tap the Info button (looks like an 'i').
  4. Scroll down and you'll find the Images and Attachments tabs.

    Images and videos will appear under Images, while voice messages and other attachments will appear under Attachments.

    Tap Info, choose Images or Attachments

  5. Tap a photo or video under Images to view it. Swipe left or right to go to the conversation's next attached image.

  6. Tap an attachment under Attachments to view it. Swipe left or right to go to the conversation's next attachment.
  7. Tap the list button in the bottom right corner when viewing a photo, video, or other attachment to see a list of your attachments. Tap Close in the top right corner to close the list.

    Tap list, look at list

  8. Tap the Share button in the bottom left corner to share within an app with a share extension, or perform another action using an action extension.

    Tap share, share away

How to delete your Messages attachments in iOS 10

  1. Launch the Messages app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the conversation for which you would like to see the attachments.

    Open Messages, select conversation

  3. Scroll through your conversation until you find the photo, video, or attachment that you want to delete.

  4. Tap and hold on the attachment, then select More... on the menu that pops up at the bottom of the screen.
  5. With the bubble next to the attachment checked, tap the trash can button in the bottom left corner of the screen to delete the photo, video, or other attachment.
  6. Tap Delete Message to delete the attachment.

    Tap and hold, tap more, tap trashcan

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