How to automatically delete old text messages to save space on your iPhone

Source: AP
Source: AP

An iPhone's space is finite, and one of the easiest ways to fill storage is a steadily increasing inventory of text messages. We don't always remember to delete old messages, though. Apps are larger and often get the ax first. Or maybe we keep texts because of nostalgia, or just because we forgot that it's an option to get rid of them in the first place. Fortunately, you don't need to remember if you have an iPhone. 

How to automatically delete iMessages

You can set the Messages app to delete texts after a period of time. This will do wonders for saving space on your phone.

Head to the Settings app and select Messages. Scroll down to Message History and tap on Keep Messages. You'll see a menu with three options. By default, it's set on "Forever," but you can set the iPhone to delete messages automatically after 30 days or a year. 

Keep in mind that if you select one of these options, your iPhone will immediately delete anything past the time you choose. 


Settings for both iMessage and audio message deletion
Source: 
Mic

How to make audio messages automatically expire

Another lesser known feature allows iPhone users to set expiration periods for audio messages. This is particularly useful because these types of messages take up more space on your phone.

Just like before, head into Settings and tap Messages. This time, scroll down to Audio Messages and select Expire. If you'd like, you can set an automatic expiration after two minutes. 

That's all there is to it. Enjoy the extra space.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Aric Suber-Jenkins

Aric is a writer covering technology. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Maxim and Brooklyn Magazine. He is based in New York and can be reached at aric@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Twitter was flagging tweets including the word "queer" as potentially "offensive content"

Why Twitter put the word "queer" in the same category as violent, sexual imagery.

Mark Zuckerberg is trying to transform society through Facebook Groups

Facebook has a new mission.

California is making so much solar energy the rest of the country looks like a joke

They're literally paying other states to take their solar power.

This summer, Americans will get the rare chance to see a total solar eclipse

Anyone in the continental U.S. should mark their calendars.

This hilarious 'Floor is lava' meme is way too real for every single millennial

When you were a kid, the floor was just lava. Now it's way more complicated.

The new iOS 11 beta is out and Apple has changed your iPhone's message effects again

A new iOS 11 beta is out and iMessage has a new trick.

Twitter was flagging tweets including the word "queer" as potentially "offensive content"

Why Twitter put the word "queer" in the same category as violent, sexual imagery.

Mark Zuckerberg is trying to transform society through Facebook Groups

Facebook has a new mission.

California is making so much solar energy the rest of the country looks like a joke

They're literally paying other states to take their solar power.

This summer, Americans will get the rare chance to see a total solar eclipse

Anyone in the continental U.S. should mark their calendars.

This hilarious 'Floor is lava' meme is way too real for every single millennial

When you were a kid, the floor was just lava. Now it's way more complicated.

The new iOS 11 beta is out and Apple has changed your iPhone's message effects again

A new iOS 11 beta is out and iMessage has a new trick.