How to Automatically Erase Old Text Messages on iPhone

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The stuff on our iPhones and iPads tends to accumulate, using up valuable storage space. But if you're careful, you can use your storage space more efficiently. And one way to do that is to enable a setting to automatically delete text messages after 30 days. This will be especially useful in saving space if your text messages include video and audio messages. Just be aware that deleted messages can’t be searched, so make sure to save any information you need before your message history is deleted. Here’s how to automatically erase old text messages on iPhone.

Related: How to Search Message History on iPhone: iMessage, Facebook, and Whatsapp

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How to Automatically Erase Old Text Messages on iPhone

  • Open Settings.

  • Select Messages.

  • Under Message History, tap Keep Messages.

  • Your options are 30 Days, 1 Year, and Forever.

  • Select 30 Days and a warning will pop up telling you that enabling this setting will permanently remove all messages older than 30 days. Confirm Delete.

Now, your messages will now automatically erase after 30 days, or after 1 year should you choose that option instead.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.