How to Delete a Text Message

If you’ve written a text message that won’t send for some reason (perhaps there’s no connectivity), it can be annoying if it goes out later once there is a connection but perhaps the message now doesn’t make sense. If you no longer want a message to go out, you can delete it. This is also the case for any existing message (read or not) you no longer want in your conversation string for any reason. The process is simple but not always very intuitive. Read on to see how easy it is once you know the steps.

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Locate the conversation that has the message you want to delete then tap on it to open.
  3. Touch and hold the singe message you want to delete.
  4. Tap the trash can (if shown) to delete the message. If no trash can is shown, tap “More…” See below, circled, left. Then tap Trash can (below middle).

5. Tap “Delete Message” to confirm (see above, right).

That’s it. Simple. You’ll be much more likely to remember this if you try it out now. Just choose a message that you don’t mind losing!

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