deleting messages doesn't free up space. help!

ducaticanine

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Jun 3, 2015
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I've tried deleting most of my text messages in my phone and it still shows 'messages saved 3.4 gigs' ... I'm sure this has been addressed before here but can someone please help me. how on earth do I free up space on this iPhone by deleting messages. thanx
 

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Newtons Apple

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I've tried deleting most of my text messages in my phone and it still shows 'messages saved 3.4 gigs' ... I'm sure this has been addressed before here but can someone please help me. how on earth do I free up space on this iPhone by deleting messages. thanx
Mine is a 69mb. I do not think you get it but so low and if it did not change you might have hit the limit. the 3.4mb might also include the message program. Pictures and apps take the most room so you might want to look there for possible deletions.
 

ducaticanine

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thanks.. but i'm not speaking about mb's..i'm talking about gigs. big difference. i've deleted almost all text messages and i still have 3.4 gigs showing that it is taking.. very confused
 

Newtons Apple

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thanks.. but i'm not speaking about mb's..i'm talking about gigs. big difference. i've deleted almost all text messages and i still have 3.4 gigs showing that it is taking.. very confused
WOW! I now see that. How many messages do you have left on the phone? Are there lots of images in these messages. 3.4 gb is huge. Have you rebooted after deleting?
 

wongster

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check the photos in the messages. select the message and the top right should be details. click on that and start deleting the pictures.
 

yjchua95

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I've tried deleting most of my text messages in my phone and it still shows 'messages saved 3.4 gigs' ... I'm sure this has been addressed before here but can someone please help me. how on earth do I free up space on this iPhone by deleting messages. thanx
Go to Settings → Messages and select the option to only keep messages for 30 days.
 

ducaticanine

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Jun 3, 2015
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thank you all for your advice here but have tried all and still showing the same. 3.4GB used in messages. any other ideas? shouldnt this be a very simple procedure?? odd
 

Martin81

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Oh wow - 3.4GB is really a lot. That must be due to many iMessages with pictures or videos?!
Just looked at my iPhone. I do only SMS and have only about 2MB.

Have you changed the settings yet to keeping them only for 30 days?
 

BethZac5

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I think you can try to reboot your iPhone. I think when you delete your messages, the messages are not deleted from the iPhone actually. Until you send or receive new messages, the space saved the old messages will be overwritten by the new messagews
 
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