Delete Text Messages on the iPhone 15: A Step-by-Step Guide


Michael Collins

Got a cluttered message inbox on your iPhone 15? Need to clear out some space or maybe there’s a conversation you’d rather forget? Don’t worry, deleting text messages on your iPhone 15 is a simple process. Just follow these quick steps and you’ll have a tidy inbox in no time!

Step by Step Tutorial to Delete Text Messages on the iPhone 15

Before we dive into the step-by-step guide, it’s important to know that once you delete a message, it’s gone for good. So, make sure you really want to delete those texts before you start.

Step 1: Open Messages App

Open the Messages app on your iPhone 15.

This is where all your text messages and iMessages are stored. You’ll see a list of conversations. If your app is not on the home screen, swipe down from the middle of the screen and use the search bar to find it.

Step 2: Select the Conversation

Select the conversation containing the messages you want to delete.

Tap on the conversation and it will open up, showing you the entire message thread.

Step 3: Tap and Hold the Message

Tap and hold on the specific message you want to delete.

A menu will pop up with several options. You’re looking for the "More…" option.

Step 4: Select ‘More…’

Tap "More…" and small circles will appear next to each message in the thread.

You’ll notice that the message you held down will already have a checkmark next to it.

Step 5: Select Messages to Delete

Tap on the circles next to any other messages you want to delete.

You can select as many as you want. Each message you want to delete needs to have a checkmark next to it.

Step 6: Tap the Trash Can Icon

Once you’ve selected all the messages to delete, tap on the trash can icon.

This icon is usually found in the bottom left corner of your screen.

After you’ve tapped the trash can icon, a confirmation dialog will appear. You’ll need to tap "Delete Message" to confirm that you want to permanently remove those texts from your iPhone 15.

What Happens Next?

After you’ve deleted the messages, they’re gone from your iPhone 15’s memory. If you’re trying to free up space or keep your message history tidy, this is a great way to do it.

Tips for Deleting Text Messages on the iPhone 15

  • Before deleting, ensure you won’t need any information from the messages again.
  • Remember, deleting messages from iCloud will delete them from all devices signed into that iCloud account.
  • Consider backing up important messages before deleting them.
  • Use the search function in Messages to easily find specific texts.
  • Regularly delete unnecessary messages to keep your inbox manageable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I recover a deleted text message?

Once a message is deleted, it’s very difficult to recover unless you have a backup that includes the message.

What if I want to delete all messages in a conversation?

You can delete the entire conversation by swiping left on it from the main Messages screen and tapping "Delete."

Will deleting messages free up storage on my iPhone 15?

Yes, deleting messages, especially those with attachments, can free up a significant amount of storage.

Can I delete text messages from someone else’s phone?

No, you can only delete messages from your own device.

Is there a way to automatically delete old messages?

Yes, go to Settings > Messages and scroll down to "Message History" where you can set "Keep Messages" to 30 days or 1 year.


  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Select the conversation.
  3. Tap and hold the message.
  4. Select ‘More…’
  5. Select messages to delete.
  6. Tap the trash can icon.


Deleting text messages on the iPhone 15 is truly a piece of cake once you know the steps. It’s a useful skill to have, as it helps keep your messages organized and ensures that your device isn’t holding on to unnecessary data. Just remember that once you’ve taken the plunge and hit delete, there’s no going back – so make sure you’re ready to say goodbye to those messages for good. Whether you’re looking to declutter, protect your privacy, or simply keep your device running smoothly, managing your message inbox is an important part of maintaining your iPhone 15. Happy texting – and deleting!