How to delete messages

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by cynics, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. cynics macrumors G4

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    Now that iOS 7 shows messages in the usage section how do I completely clear them?

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    1.9 gb is a little bit excessive. I've obviously tried deleting all the actual messages from the message app. It's currently completely empty.
     
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  3. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

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    Ya, it's not uncommon for me to get 600 text a day between work and friends.

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    So is there no way to fix this? Seems a little ridiculous there isn't an easy solution to such a trivial task.
     
  4. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

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    Mods. Mind moving this too the iOS 7 section? I should have probably posted it there from the start.
     
  5. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    Wow - that's insane! :) I send/receive 40-50 messages per month, total.
     
  6. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    Do you actually do any work or do you spend all day reading and texting?
     
  7. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

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    My job involves a lot of texting for communication between co-workers. And I have friends in group messages that I basically just ignore while working...lol

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    While not as severe I imagine this is an issue for everyone is it not?

    Edit. Screenshot was from a day I was sick and phone was in DnD.
     
  8. Namji macrumors 6502a

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    Slide your finger from right to left on the messages... versus left to right as done on previous OS.
     
  9. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

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    Tried that.

    I don't have a problem actually deleting the messages. I have a problem recovering the massive amount of space old deleted messages used.

    So while the messages are gone and inaccessible to me it's still using 1.9gb on my phone.
     
  10. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    In the future, use the Report ([​IMG]) button to bring our attention to your request.

    We don't see every post and I just happened to click in here to read about the deleted messages.
     
  11. Namji macrumors 6502a

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    I see... my messages is all deleted and I have 2.4 gb on it....
    Would the actual app use about 1 gb?
    But why would I have more than you used??
    Interesting.
     

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  12. abshole765 macrumors 6502a

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    Seems to be all over the place. Mine is ~1gb and I have over a years worth of texts/photos/videos.
     
  13. Maximus831 macrumors member

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    Woa I have. 3.7 g worth of text. If this is truly taking up our memory, how do we erase it?
     
  14. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

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    This is what I'm trying to figure out lol. By doing the math it would seem that it is taking up storage space. It wasn't until iOS 7 that I could really pinpoint the culprit.
     
  15. PDTBigB macrumors newbie

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    Glad I just discovered this thread! I posted a new one earlier today without realizing that it was such a widespread issue. I sure hope this can get resolved. Thank you all.
     
  16. johto macrumors 6502

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    I dont text much. Just checked my usage, i have 5.5 MEGA bytes allocated. :p
     
  17. flashflooder macrumors regular

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    Seems kinda stupid that it saves all the photos/videos you send/are sent.

    That's obviously what it's doing, right? No way text messages should take up gigabytes worth of data otherwise.

    At least give us the option to clear any media from the cache.
     
  18. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

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    Surprised no one else is more annoyed by this. I've been browsing around looking for a solution.

    The best solution I could find is "restore as new". And that's just a temporary band aid. Plus restoring is a time consuming pain in the butt. Not exactly something I want to sit around on a Sunday doing.

    People buy larger capacity iPhones because iOS poorly manages the storage you have. Same can be said for iCloud too but that's for another thread. I'd just like to get a solution to this current issue.
     
  19. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    Have you tried a hard reset? Hold the home and power button together, the screen will go black, keep holding until you see the Apple logo then let go. Check the usage stats after that, see if that helps.
     
  20. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

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    Oh ya. That's my goto solution but like others have mentioned the phone is storing this info for reasons unknown.

    I just heard from a friend however using a 3rd party program that cleans cache/junk helps. He used a program used PhoneClean.

    I just hate to resort to some sketchy 3rd party program to do what should automatically be happening.

    So options so far are,

    Give a 3rd party program access to my iPhone and all it's contents

    Restore as new

    It's like someone asking you where you'd like to be punched. Lol
     
  21. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    I deleted each conversation one by one. I had 1.2gb and now I have 200mb
     
  22. cynics, Sep 20, 2013
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    cynics thread starter macrumors G4

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    That's what I did and it didn't change what so ever! Argh!

    Maybe I'll try restoring from new this weekend. Worst case it's a temporary fix, best case it resolves this issue.
     
  23. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Do a hard reset after?
     
  24. cynics thread starter macrumors G4

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    Thank you for this. Sounds like a pain. I'm hoping that now this issue comes to light enough people will complain that Apple will figure out a way to fix this with a software update.

    If not I'll eventually try the ibackup method.
     

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