Deleted Texts and Contact Still Showing in Search?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mojo pin, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. mojo pin macrumors regular

    mojo pin

    Sep 4, 2012
    I've got an iPhone 5, fully updated. I noticed a while back that a certain contact I'd deleted from my contact list would still show up when I would go to address a text. I would type the first letter of the name of the person I intended to send it to - which was the same first letter of the person's name I had deleted - and that name would still pop up as an option. I didn't think much of it, but more recently I realized by accident that if I do the right side swipe from the home screen that takes me to the general Search option, it's still pulling up multiple texts from this person, even though I've obviously deleted all those texts from my phone. Also in testing all that out, I saw that it's still bringing up a LOT of old texts that I deleted a long time ago. When I click those texts (both from the deleted person and the previously deleted threads), it'll just take me to my text overview page. It doesn't *actually* open the old text. But still, it gives that preview of the texts when they pull up from the search.

    Is this normal? It doesn't really make sense to me... When people delete texts and/or a contact, it's usually for a good reason and it means they don't want that stuff on their phone anymore. I have a lot of personal and sensitive information in some of them and I'd feel a lot better knowing that whoever is using my phone for something can't access those old texts. My boyfriend and I have pretty um.. "adult" conversations sometimes, and I don't feel comfortable knowing my son could accidentally come across them (after I've deleted them) by using the Search function. And as for the deleted contact, they were definitely deleted for a reason and I don't want to see their old stuff on my phone.

    Is there any way to get rid of all this?
  2. MyLS460 macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2013
    DFW, Texas
    Your best option is to completely reset your iPhone (General, Resett All Content and Settings). this would fix all if you do not restore from iTunes. That said, if you do restore from iTune (from my computer was my experience), the old text messages should go away but the old text addresses would not go away (if you were to go to start typing a letter in iMessage, the deleted address that you had texted previously would still show up). I spoke with Apple and he couldn't solve the problem either. I believe it's a real flaw with the firmware.

    Good luck deleting the old messages.

    Another link for you
  3. erichess22 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2013
    You may have to delete their messages if you have not already done so and if you just deleted their contact info the phone may just need some time to catch up. Otherwise a restore would most likely do the trick if its that important.
  4. dickdaney macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2009
    Old text are not truly deleted Sputnik you sync with iTunes. If you don't want to sync with iTunes your only choice is to move texts from the spotlight search. Then you would not be able to search for texts (deleted, or not). Setting>general>spotlight search then uncheck messages
  5. kalenanani macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2013
    Deleted text in Spotlight search

    If you no longer want your text messages to show in Spotlight search go to
    Settings>General>Spotlight Search then uncheck all that you wish to have cut off, and to find out more about Spotlight search go to:

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