As we discussed in our article on maintaining privacy when text messaging, one sure fire way to keep messages private is to delete them. In iOS 7, deleting messages on a thread level is easy and somewhat obvious. It’s not always practical to delete an entire thread, when there might be just one message you’d like to remove from your iPhone. Thankfully, there are options for both, which we’ll cover. Here’s how to deleted entire message thread and delete individual messages on iOS 7 on your iPhone.

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How To Remove A Text Message Thread On iPhone

What it does: This removes your entire conversation. There are two ways to delete a text message thread, multiple texts on iOS 7. The first method is great if you are only deleting a single conversation.

  1. From the main screen in Messages, swipe left to reveal a ‘Delete‘ button.
  2. Tap on the ‘Delete‘ button

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This will delete the entire conversation on your iPhone. As a reminder, this information still exists on the phone of the person whom you were engaging in conversation.

The second version is useful for deleting multiple conversations or maybe you prefer tapping versus swiping. Both lead to the same result.

  1. From the main screen in Messages, tap on the blue ‘Edit‘ text.
  2. You’ll see a column with red circles with a minus sign
  3. Tap on the circles, followed by the delete button
  4. Repeat the process as necessary

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How to delete individual text messages on iOS 8

There are situations where you might want to delete individual messages on your iPhone, but not have to remove an entire conversation. That’s easy enough to accomplish, but it’s not obvious. Here’s how:

  1. From the main screen in Messages, tap to enter your conversation.
  2. Tap and hold the message you’d like deleted.
  3. A contextual menu will appear. Tap on ‘More‘.
  4. You’ll see a blue box with a checkmark next to your message.
  5. Tap on the trash can icon at the bottom left of your screen.

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Why and When Should You Remove Text Messages

There are precautions you can take to secure your iPhone in the event that it’s lost, stolen or otherwise accessed without your permission. Passcodes, Touch ID, Find My iPhone are all very good at protecting your data. That being said, the absolute best way to protect personal information is to delete it from your iPhone. I’m not recommending you start deleting all of your text messages. However, if someone sends you a password, banking account or any personal information that could cause you harm if it ended up in the wrong hands, the delete option is the best safeguard.

Apple’s iOS 7 offers you a wealth of options when it comes to letting you delete individual or multiple messages, in addition to entire conversations. Always err on the side of caution when it comes to privacy issues and when concerned, use the delete options we’ve outlined.