Get storage space back on your iPhone or iPad by deleting iMessage images!

Whether you have a 16 GB iPhone or iPad, or you simple store a ton of stuff, deleting old iMessage images and MMS is a great way to reclaim storage space — sometimes gigabytes of it at a time! Luckily, Apple makes it easy to do!

How to clear out old iMessage images and MMS on iPhone or iPad

First, lets get rid of any and all old iMessages clogging up your storage.

  1. Launch Messages on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the conversation containing the images you want to delete.
  3. Tap on Details at the top right.

    Launch Messages, tap on a chat, and tap on details.

  4. Tap and hold on one of the images you'd like to delete under the Attachments section.
  5. Tap on More in the popup menu.
  6. Select all the images and attachments you'd like to delete.

    Tap and hold an image, tap on more, and select all the images to delete.

  7. Tap on the Delete button in the bottom right when you've got them all selected.
  8. Tap on Delete Messages in the popup menu to confirm the delete.

    Tap on the delete button and tap delete messages.

How to keep messages from piling up on iPhone and iPad

If you have a low-storage device, you may want to make sure iMessage auto-deletes everything after a specified period of time. Think of it as Snapchat-style cleanup!

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Messages.
  3. Tap on Keep Messages under the Message History section.

    launch settings then tap messages then tap keep messages

  4. Tap on either 1 year or 30 days, whichever you'd like.

  5. Tap Delete in the popup menu to confirm you'd like iOS to delete any messages older than the specified time period. You can not undo this action.

    Select option then tap delete

How to make video and audio images expire even faster on iPhone or iPad

Video and audio messages are fun but also take up the most space. If that's where all your storage is going, you can set them to expire super fast.

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Messages.
  3. Tap on Expire under the Audio Messages and/or Video Messages section.
  4. Choose After 2 Minutes.

    Tap messages, expire, choose when

Your space saving tips?

If you've got any other great space-saving tips, let me know in the comments!