iOS 17: How to Delete Text Message on iPhone – A Step-by-Step Guide

Ever found yourself needing to delete a text message on your iPhone running iOS 17? Whether it’s an accidental send, a cluttered conversation, or a message containing sensitive information, deleting text messages is a straightforward process. Let’s dive right into how you can declutter your Messages app with a few simple taps.

You can also watch this video about how to delete a text message on an iPhone for more on this topic.

How to Delete Text Message on iPhone

Before we start deleting, it’s important to understand what we are trying to achieve. Deleting a text message will remove it from your conversation thread, and it cannot be recovered. This helps in managing your messages and keeping your conversation history tidy.

Step 1: Open the Messages App

Open the Messages app on your iPhone to access your conversations.

When you open the Messages app, you’ll see a list of conversations. If you have unread messages, they will be highlighted.

Step 2: Select the Conversation

Tap on the conversation that contains the message you wish to delete.

This will open the entire conversation thread. Scroll through to find the specific message.

Step 3: Press and Hold the Message

Press and hold on the message you want to delete until a menu pops up.

A menu with options such as “Copy” and “More…” will appear.

Step 4: Tap on ‘More…’

Tap on the ‘More…’ option from the menu.

This will enter the edit mode, where you can select messages.

Step 5: Select the Message

A circle will appear next to each message; tap the circle next to the message you want to delete to select it.

You can select multiple messages if you want to delete more than one.

Step 6: Tap on the Trash Icon

After selecting the message(s), tap on the trash icon at the bottom right corner of the screen.

A confirmation message may appear, asking if you are sure you want to delete the message.

Step 7: Confirm Deletion

If prompted, confirm that you want to delete the selected message(s).

Once confirmed, the message(s) will be permanently deleted from the conversation.

After you complete these steps, the selected text message(s) will be gone for good from your conversation thread. It’s a simple yet effective way to maintain privacy and manage your digital space.

Tips for Managing Text Messages on iPhone

  • Regularly review your messages to delete anything unnecessary, reducing clutter.
  • Be cautious when deleting messages, as there is no way to recover them once deleted.
  • Use the search feature in Messages to quickly find the message you want to delete.
  • If you’re looking to save some messages but not others, you can forward the important ones to an email or another messaging app before deleting them.
  • Consider using the option to “Delete All” in a conversation if you want to clear out the entire thread.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I recover a deleted text message?

No, once a message is deleted, it cannot be recovered.

Can I delete messages from both my iPhone and the recipient’s phone?

Deleting a message from your iPhone will not delete it from the recipient’s phone.

Is there a way to delete messages automatically after a certain time?

Yes, you can set messages to delete after a certain period by going into your iPhone settings under the Messages section.

Can I delete messages from the lock screen?

No, you must unlock your iPhone and access the Messages app to delete messages.

Is it possible to delete multiple messages at once?

Yes, you can select multiple messages in edit mode and delete them all at once.


  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Select the conversation.
  3. Press and hold the message.
  4. Tap on ‘More…’.
  5. Select the message.
  6. Tap on the trash icon.
  7. Confirm deletion.


Deleting text messages on your iPhone can be necessary for various reasons. Whether it’s to free up space, keep your conversations organized, or protect your privacy, iOS 17 makes it a hassle-free process. Remember, once a message is deleted, it’s gone forever, so always double-check before confirming the deletion. If you’re looking to keep your phone neat and your messages curated, then this guide should help you manage your texts effectively. Keep your messages in check, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a clean, organized iPhone.

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