iOS 7 Deleting Saved Messages

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by PoopyThomas, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. PoopyThomas, Sep 20, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2013

    PoopyThomas macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2013
    I was looking for a way to delete messages on my phone as it took up about 4 GB and after looking through the forums and on other sites I found no way to delete them. I was playing with my phone about 5 min ago and found out how to delete them :D

    (I just wanted to post this because a lot of people were curious on how to delete their messages)

    Go into a Conversation and hold any text, and wait until you see copy/more and you should see "Delete All" in the Top Left corner. Just delete all your messages and you get your space back :)

    IMPORTANT: Reboot your iDevice after deleting.
  2. Phoneinfo macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2011
    Wow...finally we have a way to fix it. This worked! Thank you very much.
  3. PoopyThomas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2013
    No problem :D
  4. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    This didn't free up any more space than simply swiping from right to left on a conversation then hitting delete...

    I was hoping this would delete the dead space as well, unfortunately not :(
  5. PoopyThomas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2013
    Sorry, forgot to include in there after you delete all, reboot your device.
    Is it working for you now?
  6. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
  7. PoopyThomas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2013
  8. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    I did, it doesn't. I guess I'll use the workaround where you do a backup, empty two folders from the backup via ibackupbot or whatnot and then restore to it...
  9. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Yes, several times.
  10. L1mera1n macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2012
    Check this thread:

    This solution worked for me. Had 2.1gb "saved" messages and no its all gone (thank god).

    Stratus Fear
    macrumors 6502

    Join Date: Jan 2008
    Location: Atlanta, GA

    Originally Posted by Simplicated View Post
    It's the attachments that are taking up your storage.

    This. Apparently there was a bug between 6.0 an 6.1 that caused attachments to not get deleted when conversations were. It hit me too, I had 900MB left over down from 3GB after clearing all my convo history. If you want to clear all this out without losing any other data, back up your phone to iTunes and use something like iBackupBot or similar to delete everything in HomeDomain/Library/SMS and MediaDomain/Library/SMS in your backup and then erase and restore your phone with this edited backup (make sure you make a copy of the backup before you do this in case something fails with the backup editor).
  11. PoopyThomas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2013
    Hmmm, that's weird. I can't think of any reason why it's working for me and not for others. I restored my phone yesterday from a backup? I also synced my phone before I did it :/
  12. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    Simple: you didn't delete any message threads containing attachments during the iOS versions that contained the bug where attachments weren't deleted from the phone when the thread was deleted.

    Those of us the have/had this problem did exactly that, those that didn't do that don't have the problem :)
  13. Vickieteri81 macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2013
    I tried this and it didn't do anything. I have no saved messages yet it's saying it's taking up 7.2gb of space.

    I synced my phone to iTunes today. If that matters.

    Do I just have to deal with the no space? It's driving me crazy
  14. Nolander07 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    I had this problem with my iPhone 5. I restored through iTunes this evening, then used my iCloud back up, so no "clean" restore. All the saved message data is gone, minus what is actually only phone right now. I didn't have to lose all my settings, apps, pictures, etc. I have no idea why this worked, but it did. I have since done a hard reset a couple times, and the previously saved message data is still gone.
  15. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011

    - Make a backup in iTunes
    - open iBackupBot (just google it and download the free trial)
    - go to the relevant backup
    - hit Other Multimedia Files (you might have to click on the tab afterwards, in case it goes straight to camera roll instead)
    - sort by filename by clicking the Filename tab
    - go to MediaDomain/Library/SMS/Attachments and highlight all of them.

    Now you can delete them all by right-clicking and choosing delete (you might want to export them first, up to you), close iBackupBot and restore to backup in iTunes.

    Tadaa! Space recovered, texts/SMS/messages (whatever you call them) still there!
  16. thomasanderson macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
    Anybody else thinking that instead of this being a bug it is actually purposely put there by Apple to trick people into upgrading their device storage? Because prior to ios7 I had no idea what was hogging the "other" space on my phone. I spent hours deleting and restoring apps and clearing app data. I just find it hard to believe that Apple software engineers would overlook a bug this severe for this long. Especially with there being no easily viable solution on the user end to fix this.
  17. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    "For this long"? The bug was only present for a few months.
  18. chapsh, Oct 2, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2013

    chapsh macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2013

    I try buying the iBackupBot program and then to register the code was an error saying was to long (this in the computer) and didn't work to delete those messages probably until they contact me back for a new code, but in the trial version notice it have a cool way to check deep in to your iPhone, we'll after thinking and thinking what I decide to do is a full reset to the iPhone but like. A new iPhone and then will pick up the previous own phone number and then I just transferred my contacts from the iCloud and then went back to see this "messages saved" and they were gone!!!!! Yeeeeiiii!!!! They will continue to be saved again has you get messages but hope once get register with this iBackupBot will work too (hope) this way don have to do a reset iPhone from Cero


    If you don't buy the iBackupBot and just try the trial will deleted just in the program in the computer but not from the iPhone
  19. chapsh, Oct 2, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2013

    chapsh macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2013

    Jajajaja instead of getting the program iBackupBot i got it the iCopyBot by mistake but is cool because you can copy your podcast to the computer thing you can't do in iTunes (on iTunes you are able only to copy the link were the podcast is)
  20. white4s macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2011
    New Jersey

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