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One of your most used apps on the iPhone and iPad is probably Messages. After all, this is the central way to communicate with all of your family, friends, coworkers, and other acquaintances aside from phone calls and emails. Plus, Messages lets you send both SMS and iMessages to other Apple users, so it really is a one-stop shop for all of your communication needs on the best iPhone or iPad, especially when you're on iOS 14.

As we chat with others, we're bound to send a lot of photos, videos, animated GIFs, links, and other attachments through Messages. Over time, it can be hard to find something specific that you're looking for, and all those attachments can start to eat up local storage space on your device.

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Here's how to view and manage links and attachments in iMessage for iPhone and iPad.

How to view all attachments in a conversation thread in Messages

  1. Launch Messages on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on a conversation that you want to view the attachments for.
  3. Tap on the contact pictures at the top of the conversation.

    View all attachments in a conversation thread in Messages on iPhone by showing: Launch Messages, tap a conversation, tap on the contact picture at the topSource: iMore

  4. Tap the info button (it looks like an "i" in a circle).
  5. Scroll down until you see the Photos, Links, Locations, and Documents sections (any other file types you may have should also show up here).
  6. Tap See all to view all of the attachments of that category.

    View all attachments in a conversation thread in Messages on iPhone by showing: Tap Info, then scroll down to your attachments and tap See AllSource: iMore

  7. When you find what you're looking for, just tap the attachment to view.

    View all attachments in a conversation thread in Messages on iPhone by showing: Tap the attachment you want to viewSource: iMore

How to manage attachments in a conversation thread in Messages

If you've sent and received a lot of pictures, videos, links, or other attachments over time, then that stuff adds up and takes up precious space. You will want to manage your attachments in Messages on a regular basis to keep it clutter-free and free up space for more apps or taking more photos and videos.

  1. Launch Messages on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on a conversation that you want to manage attachments for.
  3. Tap on the contact pictures at the top of the conversation thread.

    Manage attachments in Messages on iPhone by showing: Launch Messages, tap a conversation, tap on the contact picture at the topSource: iMore

  4. Tap the info button (it looks like an "i" in a circle).
  5. Scroll down until you see your attachments, then tap See all.

    Manage attachments in Messages on iPhone by showing: Tap Info, then scroll down to your attachments and tap See AllSource: iMore

  6. Tap Select.
  7. Select what attachments you want to manage.
  8. Tap Delete.
  9. Confirm your deletion.

    Manage attachments in Messages on iPhone by showing: Tap Select, select your attachments then tap Delete, then confirm that you want to delete these attachmentsSource: iMore

You'll need to repeat this process for each conversation thread that you want to clean up.

Questions about managing attachments in Messages?

As you can see, it's pretty easy to view and manage all of your links and attachments in Messages on the iPhone and iPad. It's a good way to view everything in one place without having to endlessly scroll through your conversations, and cleaning it out every now and then helps you reclaim valuable space.

Do you have any questions about how to view and manage links and attachments in iMessage on iPhone and iPad? Let us know in the comments and we'll help you out.