Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I permanently delete text messages from iCloud?
What happens when you delete messages from iCloud?
Deleting messages from iCloud storage doesn’t delete them physically from your device. Messages that you delete from iCloud storage are marked as deleted but remain in the cloud. You can undelete them if you need them, but they’re not automatically restored if you accidentally delete them from iCloud storage again.
Do deleted texts stay on iCloud?
Deleted texts can stay on iCloud for up to 30 days.
How do I delete messages from iPhone but not iCloud?
If you want to delete messages from your iPhone but not from iCloud, you’ll first need to turn off iCloud syncing on your iPhone. (To do this, go to Settings -> General -> Sync Settings, and turn off “iCloud.”) Next, open the Messages app and select a conversation.
Tap the three lines in the top left corner of the conversation window and choose “Delete Message.” You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to delete the message. tap “Yes” to confirm. After the message is deleted, it will no longer appear in your conversations list or in any other app on your device.
How can I delete messages across all devices on iMessage?
Deleting messages from iCloud storage is a quick and easy way to clear up your messaging history.
To delete messages from iCloud, open the Settings app on your device and scroll down to Messages. Tap on the messages you want to delete and then tap Delete.
Does deleting Messages free up iCloud space?
Deleting old messages from your iCloud account can free up some storage on your device. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before you go ahead and delete messages:
Deleting messages will not delete any pictures or videos that were attached to the messages.
If you have any pending conversations, they will be deleted along with the message. You will need to continue those conversations offline.
If you have any notes or reminders attached to a message, those will also be deleted.
How do I permanently delete text messages from my iPhone?
How do I delete full Messages from iCloud storage?
Where do deleted iPhone messages go?
Deleted messages on an iPhone go to the deleted items folder in the user’s iCloud storage. The messages are still backed up to iCloud and can be restored if needed.
If you delete a message from an iMessage conversation, it goes to the conversation’s history but is not backed up to iCloud.
Are iMessages stored in iCloud?
How do I delete backup messages from iCloud?
If you want to delete backup messages from iCloud, go to the iCloud storage app on your device and select Messages. On the left side of the Messages screen, tap on the three lines in the upper-left corner that say “Backups.” Next, tap on the blue “Delete Backup Messages” button.
How can I free up iCloud storage?
If you’re like many people, you may have lots of messages stored in iCloud storage that you no longer need or want. You can delete them easily using the steps below.
How do I get more iCloud storage without buying it?
If you’re like most people, you probably use iCloud storage for a lot of things: storing photos and videos, syncing settings between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and backing up your device. But if you’re running out of space on your iCloud account, deleting old messages might be one of the best ways to free up some space.
There are a few different ways to delete messages from your iCloud account. Here’s how to do it for each type of message:
Messages on an iPhone or iPad:
To delete individual messages from your iPhone or iPad, open the Messages app and select the conversation you want to delete. Then tap the three lines in the top left corner of the message box, and select Delete Message.
To delete all messages from a conversation on your iPhone or iPad, open the Messages app and select the conversation. Then tap the three lines in the top left corner of the message box, and select Delete All Messages.
Messages on a Mac:
To delete individual messages from your Mac, open Messages and open the message you want to delete. Then press Command-D (PC: Ctrl-D).