How to Delete Messages on iPhone From Both Sides

December 21, 2023
David Sunnyside

In a world where digital privacy is increasingly under the microscope, knowing how to delete messages on iphone from both sides is a valuable skill. It could help you avoid embarrassment over a meme sent to the wrong person, prevent confidential or sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands, or simply maintain discretion in your daily communications.

If you have iCloud enabled, your conversations are saved in the cloud and can be restored on another device if needed. However, many people are unaware that they can also delete individual text messages from their iPhone without affecting the recipients’ copies on their devices. This article will teach you how to do just that!

To begin, you will need to have access to both of the iPhones you want to delete text messages from. Next, open the Messages app and navigate to the conversation you wish to delete. Long press on the message bubble and tap “Delete.” Once a confirmation prompt appears, confirm your action.

You may also use the Delete All option in the Messages app to clear entire conversations from your iPhone without affecting the other person’s copy of the conversation. Alternatively, you can also launch the Settings app and select your Apple ID at the top of the screen. From there, tap iCloud and make sure the toggle button next to Messages is set to green.

The best way to ensure you’re deleting all of your individual texts from both your iPhone and the other person’s is to log in to their iMessage account on their iPhone and then delete the conversation from there. However, this requires physical access to their iPhone and is a risky way to manage your digital footprint!

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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