Why spotligth listing deleted message

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by dedehakan, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2013
    I just discover that We can find our DELETED message on spotlight(not recover, just list);
    Follow these step:
    1. First read a word in message which you want to delete.
    2. Delete message
    3. Make sure there is no listed in messages.
    4. Make sure message is checked in settings of spotlight(Settings -> General->spotlight-> check message.)
    5. open spotlight and write word
    6. go for "Messages" section. And ta ta taam your message there...

    I dont want to list my deleted message. Why Spotlight listing these message? Is IOS actually not delete them?

    I tested IOS 6.1.4 and IOS 7 beta 5, beta 6....

    And lastly, Sorry for my typing language, English is not my first language.
  2. macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2013
    Hello, I think it need some time to re build the index for the spotlight.
    Try again in a couple of hours and see what happens.
  3. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
  4. macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    Because search in many mail clients includes the "Deleted Items" folder.
  5. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Fairly sure this is in relation to Messages (as in SMS, MMS, iMessage, etc.) and not email--there's no Deleted Items, Trash, or anything like that for those.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    As far as I understand it when you delete text messages they are not fully removed from your phone until the next time you sync it. (This makes it possible to extract messages that have accidentally been erased via your backup).
  7. macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2011
    Michigan, USA
    They can be deleted if...

    I had to check the forum rules before posting this reply.
    First, check the laws in your state/country to see if jailbreaking is legal where you live. If so...
    1. Jailbreak your device. Go to http://jailbrea.kr
    2. Get software to browse the files on your device. I recommend iExplorer for Mac or PC; You may also get iFile for iPhone, iPod, or iPad on the Cydia store.
    3. Use the software and navigate to ROOT/var/mobile/Library/Spotlight/com.apple.MobileSMS
    4. Delete the three files inside the folder.
    5. Reboot your device.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2002
    Springfield, Ohio
    This has been the case for some time and a restart of the iPhone (or a hard reset) will remove them from the search index.

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