iPhone Messages (Saved) 6.7GB! How can I delete these?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by avjp87, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. avjp87 macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    I already deleted my texts messages in hopes that this space would be freed up, well that didn't work. I've looked everywhere to find these, but no dice. Can anyone point me in the right direction of where these are so i can get rid of them and free up the space of 6.7GB???? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

  2. jman240 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    You deleted all the conversations from the messages app? Did you reboot or give it some time. Might take a while to purge almost 7GB of data...
  3. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2005
    Start deleting threads in the Messages app.

    Edit: Whoops, didn't see you already tried that.
  4. avjp87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    no worries my friend

    yeah i tried everything i can think of right now. only thing i haven't tried is syncing it to my computer cause i'm at work. i'm hoping that'll do the trick. the other thing is there's no option anywhere in the "Messages" section to "save" them, yah know? So I don't even know why it would do that.
  5. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    If they're on your phone, they're saved. Especially if you send/receive a lot of photos/videos, those take up tons of space. You've deleted them, make sure you've rebooted your phone and give it time. It must purge nearly 7GB, wait it out a bit.
  6. avjp87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    I do send/receive a lot of photos and videos, so I know that's why. But I guess I just don't where they are saved to. Are they somewhere I'm not able to access them or something? Or like you said, just wait it out?

    Cause with the previous OS, when I would delete my conversations, the space they were taking up in my phone would instantly be freed up. that's why i've been scratching my head with this one.
  7. SpencerUSF macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2013
    I had a similar problem when I had my 8 GB iPhone. It turned out to be like 6 GB worth of "deleted" voicemails that had not yet been cleared. Check your voicemails and make sure everything is both deleted AND cleared.
  8. avjp87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    yeah that was one of the first things I did in hoping that would fix the issue
  9. iggypod macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    Even with every single iMessage conversation deleted - I still show 1GB of Messages (saved).

    Short of restoring as a new device or using something like iBackupbot I can't reclaim this space. :rolleyes:

    I see this problem is being posted on both MacRumors and Apple forums.
  10. avjp87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    yeah i know about the 1GB, which is a pain, but 6.7GB? holy crap
  11. iggypod macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
  12. avjp87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    crap, so I pretty much have to restore the phone after backing it up right?
  13. breuter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2013
    my iphone 5s has 18 gb of saved messages

    I cant get rid of them. at all.
  14. Bugeyeblue macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2011
  15. Gryfter, Oct 2, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2013

    Gryfter macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    restoring your iPhone as new should work...

    mind you, it'll be like getting a completely new iPhone... everything will be wiped...
  16. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2012
    Swindon, England
    Yep thats what I did and it freed over 8 gb of space including storage space that I didnt realise that I had lost
  17. Just Dave macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2011
    Read this thread. All will be answered. Link

    Regards, Dave
  18. Nolander07 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    I restored as new, then restored from a recent iCloud backup. That fixed the problem for me.
  19. sbailey4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2011
    Try and go into a particular thread and delete the pics in there a few at a time then check space. I can do that and watch the space free up. I believe (at least in past ios versions) that deleting the thread does not do it as the next time that person text you or you txt them it reappears including the pics. Have not tried this in iOS7 but I have gone in and deleted just the pics in a particular thread and see the space free up.
  20. Bugeyeblue macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2011
    That must mean they're stored somewhere else that's isn't accessible by normal usage on the phone. Seems so crazy that you can build up that much storage and never see it unless you check the new messages tab in settings/usage or go into iTunes.
  21. emmio macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2013
    Messages (Saved) on iPhone

    I am having the exact same problem as mentioned above. I have 1.7 GB of messages that backed up from my old iPhone to my new one (same model though) and they can't be deleted! It is so annoying!:apple:
  22. kingdom23, Dec 14, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2013

    kingdom23 macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2011
    I have 20.6 MB of deleted messages which I can't clear!
  23. adnbek macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2011
    Montreal, Quebec
    Count yourself lucky then.
  24. Elijahthaprofit macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2013

    I just figured it out.. Seriously. If you can JB (newest iOS can be) then download "iCleaner" and it has an option for specifically this. Cleaner up 3.6gb for me just like that.
  25. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Or do the solution that was spelled out back in September.

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