Saved Messages Using Space

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ds., Jul 12, 2013.

  1. ds. macrumors member

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    I was just wondering if I needed to delete messages on my phone or not. I never had a problem with them before but I recently noticed that they take up about 400 mb of space. I do send pictures through iMessage and texts so that may be why, but the phone says that these are saved messages and I don't recall saving any messages so I'm not sure what that could mean. Is there any way I can look at only my saved messages or would I just have to delete all my messages? I'd rather not delete them all if I don't have to.

    Thanks.
     

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  2. adam044 macrumors 65816

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    They are on the phone therefor they are "saved" delete a conservation or two and the number will go down. Not sure why you are worried about 400MB when you have 4.3GB left
     
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  4. ValerieDurden macrumors 6502a

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    I would love to see the size of my messages database lol, I very seldom delete text's. I have some going back a few years with friends I like it though for nostalgia reasons.
     
  5. ds. thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I cleared up about 4GB of music earlier so that's why I have the space now.

    I was just wondering if this is normal or not because I don't remember seeing my messages before and it suddenly showed up there, showing that they take up about 400 MB.
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, its normal.
    Messages if you let them accumulate for a while can take up lots of space.
    You can clean them up if you want.
     
  7. Dominicanyor macrumors 6502a

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    Whoa how is it that you are using the iOS 7 already? Has your phone giving you any issues yet?
     
  8. darricksailo macrumors 601

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    I bet the size of the message database is less than 1% (less than 4MB) of that 414MB. The rest is all MMS/iMessage. You can actually gain access to the messages database by extracting the backup

    For comparison, I have 38k text messages on my phone and the database only takes up 22.5MB

    Pretty cool iOS 7 factors in mms. In iOS 6, MMS/iMessage pictures would count as "other". I don't even think there's a "messages" in the usage section
     
  9. ds. thread starter macrumors member

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    A friend sent me a torrent link to download the backup file for iPhone 5. It hasn't given me too much trouble so far, but it does lag a little now and then. Haven't update to beta 3 yet, hopefully I'll do that soon. It is a nice change from the previous iOS though. Takes a while to get used to all the new things but it's not that bad.

    That may be why I never noticed the size of them before.

    Thanks for all your help everyone :)
     
  10. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    I have tons of messages saved in my iPhone since I've been restoring them from backup since way back in 2008 when I got the iPhone 3G. I wonder how much space they take up. How do you get it to show?
     
  11. ds. thread starter macrumors member

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    I upgraded to the iOS 7 beta, and according to the darricksailo, it's a feature in iOS 7 where messages are now shown seperately from the "other" section under usage. I don't know of any other way of seeing the space they take.
     

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