How to Automatically Delete Old Text Messages on Android & iphone

Version of Android

The customizations your smartphone comes with, both play a part. Google’s Hangouts app can now be your default messaging client, and it allows you to automatically delete old messages,

 Use Hangouts as your SMS client – if you’re not already – you need to do the following:
  1. Open the default messaging app – Hangouts.
  2. click the 3 horizontal lines icon on the top-left.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap SMS.
  5. Tap SMS Disabled and then tap OK. This can take a few seconds to complete after you tap OK.
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Now, to automatically delete messages from Hangouts:


  1. Scroll down to the ADVANCED section.
  2. Check Delete old messages. This will delete old text messages from your phone when the memory is low.
utomatically Delete Old Text Messages
While that’s useful, some Android manufacturers do allow you to save individual messages as well. This did not work with a Moto E, a Micromax Canvas 2 or a Gionee Elife E5, but did work with an LG G3 so your mileage may vary. Here, we used the manufacturer’s SMS app. This is how you can save messages, and delete old messages:


manufacturer’s SMS app

  1. Open the SMS app.
  2. Tap the three dots button in the top right.
  3. Go to Settings > Storage.
  4. Tick “Delete old messages” and in the drop-down menu below, set the limit on the number of messages each conversation can have.
If you want to save an old message from being auto-deleted, long press the specific message in the conversation, and tap Copy to Saved box.


1. Launch the ‘Settings’ icon on your iPhone.

2. Scroll Down in the ‘Settings’ and choose ‘Messages’ option.

4. Scroll down again and tap ‘Message History’ (Keep messages).
Now choose the time limit for which you want the messages on your device to stay. It is by default set as ‘Forever’.

5. Choosing 30 days will delete all those messages from your iPhone which are older than 30 days or 1 month, while choosing 1 year will delete all the messages which are older than 1 year.

utomatically Delete Old Text Messages

Did your try the ways mentioned above to automatically delete the text messages on your device? Let us know your views in the comments below.


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