How to Review and Delete Message Attachments with iOS 15 on iPhone

Here's how to delete attachments on iPhone to easily free up storage space.

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Message attachments are the photos, GIFs, and videos your friends and family send you. They’re stored as a part of each text message, and they can take up a lot of space without you ever thinking about it. Luckily, there’s an easier way to delete message attachments and free up iPhone storage with iOS 15. Here’s how to delete all large attachments on iPhone.

Related: 5 Easy Ways to Free Up Storage Space on iPhone

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Learn how to find message attachments on your iPhone
  • Easily select which attachments to delete
  • View attachments and save important ones to other locations

How to Find Message Attachments on iPhone

Deleting attachments from individual messages can be done directly from the Messages app, and while deleting multiple attachments at once is done through Settings, it's quite easy once you know where to find it. For more help managing your iPhone storage, see this guide on the other options available from your iPhone Storage settings. For the most up-to-date tips on getting the most out of your iPhone and other Apple devices, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Settings app.

    iPhone Home screen with Settings app icon marked
  2. Select General.

    Settings screen with General option marked
  3. Tap iPhone Storage.

    General Settings screen with iPhone Storage option marked
  4. If you have any attachments large enough to take up a significant amount of storage, you’ll see Review Large Attachments under Recommendations.

    iPhone Storage Settings screen with Review Large Attachments option marked
  5. To delete these attachments, tap Edit.

    Attachments list with Edit button marked
  6. Then tap to select the attachments you want to delete.

    Attachments list after tapping Edit with one selected attachment marked
  7. Tap the trash can icon in the upper right corner to delete the attachments.

    Attachments list after tapping Edit with one selected attachment and Delete button marked
  8. To save any attachments to the Photos app before deleting them, tap any attachment you want to save from the list.

    Attachments list with one attachment marked
  9. With the attachment open, tap the Share icon.

    Opened attachment with Share button marked
  10. From the Share sheet, tap Save.

    Attachment share sheet with Save Video option marked

Now you should easily be able to remove any iMessage attachments that are using up too much of your iPhone storage while also saving any important attached files to a location where you're less likely to lose them accidentally.

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