Messages taking up 6.6GB?!

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Drumjim85, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

    Drumjim85

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Location:
    DFW, TX
    #1
    My iPhone 5 running 7.02 us running out of space. That's fine, except that when I went to my settings to see what I needed to delete, I noticed that Messages was the top app, taking up 6.6GB.
    Any idea why? or how I could fix it?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #2
    Have you been sending or receiving a lot of large attachments via messaging?
     
  3. xyzoptics macrumors newbie

    xyzoptics

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2013
    #3
    It's all about the picture/video messages you have stored. Mine's about that size too. I've debated clearing it, but it's fun to have that history.
     
  4. Drumjim85 thread starter macrumors 68030

    Drumjim85

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Location:
    DFW, TX
    #4
    I guess that's it. I just wish there was an easier way to delete the media and keep the messages.
     
  5. Groundhog66 macrumors member

    Groundhog66

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Location:
    CA
  6. PNutts macrumors 601

    PNutts

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest, US
    #6
    The two ways I'm aware of are:
    1. Delete all conversations and sync to iTunes (may not work)
    2. Restore from backup

    I'm anxious to see if someone has something newer that works. I honestly am not being rude when I say there are a lot of threads on this and I'm going to start digging around. Since none have recent posts they either found a solution :) or gave up. :(
     
  7. Groundhog66 macrumors member

    Groundhog66

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Location:
    CA
    #7

    I have a new iPhone 5S that was just restored from a backup, still have over 5 GB on it.
     
  8. PNutts macrumors 601

    PNutts

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest, US
    #8
    It didn't work for me the last time I tried it (iOS 6) but some folks claim it does. :confused:
     
  9. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
  10. emseven macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2013
    #10
    1. Delete useless conversations.
    2. Navigate useful conversations and delete useless media.
    3. Backup iPhone to iCloud or iTunes.
    4. Reset All Settings.
    5. Restore from backup you just created.
     
  11. PNutts macrumors 601

    PNutts

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest, US
    #11
    Yes?
     
  12. Groundhog66 macrumors member

    Groundhog66

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Location:
    CA
    #12
    Seems like an awful lot of BS to go through, just to permanent delete contents of conversations.
     
  13. Groundhog66 macrumors member

    Groundhog66

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Location:
    CA
    #13
    And if the above were true, I should have all this message data stored on my new phone...I synced my new phone, to my most recent backup from my old phone.....so I'm thinking it isn't correct.
     
  14. emseven macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2013
    #14
    You utilized a backup from before you followed my instructions. Thus, the point of instructions.
     
  15. Groundhog66 macrumors member

    Groundhog66

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Location:
    CA
    #15
    No, I deleted all conversations, and there was no need to reset all setting since I was using a new phone...no?
     
  16. hafr macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2011
    #16
    The two solutions to this (and explanation of the bug, etc) have been posted many times before. I'm typing this on my phone so I'm afraid I can't link any threads, but do a search for iBackupBot in this forum, show results as threads. You will see plenty of threads with relevant titles.
     
  17. PoopyThomas macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    #17
    Hold down your texts in the convo, press more delete all.

    Do for all messages and reboot your phone.
     
  18. bert484 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    #18
    I went thru this problem. I've tried Phone Clean Pro but it still doesn't get rid of the "saved messages". Look for posts regarding iBackupBot. It works! I was able to clean out all those old attachments which were part of my old messages. These originated prior to iOS7. supposedly, iOS7 has fixed this so if your able to delete the old stuff, you should be all clear for the future.

    Good Luck,

    jkk
     
  19. cynics macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    #19
    Scroll through and delete all your messages. Do you really go back and look at them? If so then don't be upset they are taking up space. Maybe keep that one important thread if there is some sort of sentimental value there.

    However there was a bug in iOS 6. And if you deleted messages during that time they were removed from view but the space they used was never cleared. Only ways to fix that is using ibackupbot to clear them then using that back up to restore the phone. OR restore from new and not use a back up (the wasted space will move with the back up).

    When all my messages are deleted I have 1.7gb messages is still using. It's annoying as hell especially since it's wasting my iCloud space.
     
  20. hafr macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2011
    #20
    I don't get it... You know you can clear the space with iBackupBot without changing anything else on the phone, so why not free the 1.7 GB?
     
  21. charlituna macrumors G3

    charlituna

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    #21
    There is. When you press any message a 'more' comes up that let's you select and delete whatever you want out of your message threads

    ----------

    Interesting because I have never used ibackupbot and I had no issues with doing my standard backup and restore from iCloud during all that nonsense. My deleted messages etc were properly deleted. Perhaps it's because I had updated iOS before doing the backup I was using
     
  22. hafr macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2011
    #22
    If you deleted message threads with media files in them in iOS 6 (before iOS 6.1) and have only updated your phone, or restored using iTunes, this affects you and you won't be able to clear the dead space (consisting of the media files that were in the message threads you deleted) by simply deleting your messages. Ever.

    If you don't fit into above category, you won't experience any issues.
     
  23. cynics macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    #23
    I don't have a computer readily available for such a task where I'm stationed nor will I for a year or so. I could go out and buy another Mac (I've been debating it) but I have a 2013 iMac 27" at home.

    Regardless of circumstance it's still annoying whether I currently have the means or not was the point. Be nice if Apple could somehow fix this with an update (don't know if that's possible or not).
     
  24. hafr macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2011
    #24
    Oh, I see. I don't think apple will release anything this long after they fixed the bug...

    Have you tried backing it up to iCloud, wipe the phone (settings, general, reset, erase all files and settings) and then restore it from the iCloud backup? People report it works, although I haven't tried it myself.

    Even if it doesn't work, all you've lost is time. Try it before going to bed and let it re-download all apps overnight.
     
  25. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

    AppleFanatic10

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2010
    Location:
    Encino, CA
    #25
    I noticed mine took up 1.2GB I believe, but I don't know how to delete it. Like I usually delete all my messages eventually, but it will still say 1.2GB.
     

Share This Page