Can’t Delete Text Messages from iPhone

If you can’t delete text messages from iPhone, access Settings > Messages > Keep Messages. Select the 30 days time frame and reset your phone. Once the reset process is done, attempt to delete the message and check if it has been successful. 

If still you are not able to delete the text message, follow the recommendations below. 


Most of the time, this issue happens on the iphone 4s or older. When deleting threads with a lot of media (photos, videos, etc), it can take a lot of processing to successfully delete.

    • To fix this issue, you’re going to have to leave your phone untouched for a couple hours (so it’s best to do this before bed).
    • Plug your iPhone into the charger so it does not die during the process.
    • Select the threads you wish to delete, usually by swiping left on the messages or by pressing the “edit” button.
    • After deleting them, you must leave the phone alone and plugged in (usually overnight) to give it enough time to delete everything. Do not even press the lock button and leave the screen lock on its own.
  • Open your iPhone the next day to make sure the messages are all deleted.
  • If the messages are still there, try to perform a reset network settings. This will remove errant settings caused by invalid configurations. To do that, follow these steps: 
    • Access Settings from the Home screen. 
    • Tap General.
    • Scroll down to and then select Reset
    • Tap the Reset Network Settings option.
    • Enter your device passcode once prompted.
    • Then tap to confirm network settings reset.
  • Your last resort if all else fail is to perform a factory reset. This will delete all contents on your phone, so better create a backup of your important files and data via iTunes or iCloud before you perform the steps below: 

I hope that you are able to fix the issue on your iPhone. If you still can’t delete text messages from iPhone, feel free to contact Apple support for further assistance.

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