How to Delete Attachments from Messages without Deleting the Conversation

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All those cute pictures, funny memes, and hilarious gifs your friends send you in Messages can take up a surprising amount of your iPhone's storage capacity. Each attachment is saved to the message conversation thread, which is great if you decide to save a couple of the photos. But if you’re someone who doesn't often delete older messages, you can easily free up some phone storage by deleting the attachments. And luckily, you can delete attachments from Messages without deleting the conversation.

Related: How to Save (All) Pictures from Messages & Facebook on iPhone

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How to Delete Attachments from Messages Without Deleting the Conversation

  • In Messages, open the conversation by tapping on it.
  • Tap the ‘i’ in the upper right corner (older iOS users will see Details instead of an ‘i’).
  • Scroll down to Images & Attachments and press and hold on one of the images or attachments. Then tap More.

  • Next, tap each attachment you want to delete. Once you've selected all the items you don't want, tap the trash icon to delete them.
  • Confirm Delete [#] Attachments. Tap Done.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.