How to delete iMessages JUST on one device

willed

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Hi all,

I'm trying to install a software update on my 16GB iPad but of course there's no space free.

It turns out iMessage is hogging 1.6GB. 'Great,' I think, 'I'll turn off iMessage and save all that space.' Of course this doesn't work - all the messages are still there.

How do I delete the messages off the iPad WITHOUT deleting them anywhere else?

I've googled this but everyone else seems to want to know how to delete messages across ALL their devices. I very much want to keep all my messages, just get rid of them on one device.

And also, why the hell can't all but the most recent messages be kept in the cloud rather than taking up space on Apple's under-spec'd devices?!

Thanks in advance for any answers!
 

C DM

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Deleting them on one device shouldn't delete them anywhere else. As far as storing them on iCloud, iMessges are encrypted and don't get stored anywhere outside the devices that send/receive them, that's part of the privacy/security design of the iMessage service.
 
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WordsmithMR

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My iMessages can be deleted on a specific device and don't get deleted on the others. I don't believe I did anything special... Have you tried messaging yourself and deleting it to see what happens?
 

chscag

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I just double tap each iMessage that I want deleted from my iPhone and then tap on the trash at the bottom. The messages remain on my other devices until I delete them from there. The process is not difficult at all. :rolleyes:
 

willed

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Oh right, sorry! I thought the whole point of iMessage is that it sync'd across devices, sounds like that's not the case.

Thanks!
 
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C DM

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Oh right, sorry! I thought the whole point of iMessage is that it sync'd across devices, sounds like that's not the case.

Thanks!
It does that when messages are delivered or sent, but not deleted, as that is basically on a per-device basis.
 

Shiefy

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May 17, 2020
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I know this is old, but just in case anyone needs to know, still, a lot of us are looking to delete an entire iMessage thread from a single device without having to go through the process of selecting each individual message. This is time consuming and counterproductive. Swiping left on a thread and clicking “delete” prompts a pop up warning that it will delete the thread from all your devices. I’ve always found that not giving the “one or all” option is a complete ball drop and honestly one of the reasons iDevices irk me to the core.
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Tia Novinger

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I know this is old, but just in case anyone needs to know, still, a lot of us are looking to delete an entire iMessage thread from a single device without having to go through the process of selecting each individual message. This is time consuming and counterproductive. Swiping left on a thread and clicking “delete” prompts a pop up warning that it will delete the thread from all your devices. I’ve always found that not giving the “one or all” option is a complete ball drop and honestly one of the reasons iDevices irk me to the core. View attachment 916142
Love it! Lmfao!
 
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