Auto-Delete and Permanently-Delete Old iMessages Chats on iOS 11

You have probably been hearing more and more about iOS 11 and its various features. One feature that you might find particularly useful is the ability to set your old chats on iMessage to automatically delete after a certain amount of time.

This can save you room (especially if you have a lot of large attachments) and also help to organize your conversations so that you don’t have to constantly sift through irrelevant ones that no longer matter to you. So if you want to save some extra space and reduce the visual clutter, read on to find out how to use this new feature.

iOS 11 Gives You Option to Audo-Delete Old iMessages

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1. How to Auto-Delete Old Chat Messages in iOS 11

Setting the auto-delete function in iOS 11 is fairly easy, whether you are using an iPhone or an iPad:

  1. Unlock your iOS 11 device and go to Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage.
  4. Tap Messages.
  5. Go to where it says “Auto-Delete Old Conversations” and tap Enable.

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2. How to Delete Large iMessage Attachments in iOS 11

Do you need to delete attachments to clear up some space, too? You can do this easily in iOS 11. Just follow these steps:

  1. Again, go to your Settings, then tap General.
  2. Tap where it says iPhone Storage (or iPad Storage).
  3. Look for where it says Review Large Attachments and tap that.
  4. You will see a list of attachments. Tap on the ones you don’t want and swipe to delete them. To delete more than one, hit Edit and then select multiple attachments. Tap the trash can to throw them away.

3. How to Delete Large iMessage Conversations in iOS 11

If you need to delete large conversations in iOS 11, you can also do that with a quite simple procedure:

  1. Go to Settings, as before.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap iPhone / iPad Storage.
  4. Tap Messages.
  5. Tap Review Large Conversations.
  6. You will see a list of your large conversations. You can swipe a conversation to delete it. To delete more than one, hit Edit, then select the ones you want to delete, and tap the trash can.

4. How to Permanently Delete iMessage & iMessage Attachments in iOS 11

While the above are all convenient ways to delete messages and attachments from iMessage, did you know that none of those methods actually permanently delete the data? That’s right; it’s still lurking on your iOS 11, waiting to be overwritten. This means that anyone with special recovery software can potentially read your messages if they have access to your iOS 11. If you care about security, then using the above methods will not be enough.

Luckily, there is software available that can help you keep your privacy and fight snoops. It’s called iMyFone iOS Eraser Win/Mac and it will erase your messages and attachments permanently and make them 100% unrecoverable.

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So how can we permanently delete iMessage data?

Step 1: Download and install iMyFone iOS Eraser to your computer. Connect your iOS 11 device.
Step 2: Click Erase Private Data and let it thoroughly scan your iPhone.
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Step 3: You can double click on “Message” or “Message Attachments” to preview and select which files to erase. Then click on “Erase Now” to continue.
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Step 4: Type “delete” into the box to confirm and tap “Erase Now” button again to begin.

If you want to permanently erase previously deleted messages, just go to "Erase Deleted Files".

iMyFone iOS Eraser gives you option to preview and select private data to erase, and also, it gives you all-in-one erasure to completely wipe everything from iOS device. This is recommended especially when you want to sell or give away the old device. (Please note that reset is not safe enough to sell device as data is still recoverable.)

Besides, iMyFone also has the basic function of cleaning:

  • Free trial to clear all app cache, corrupted files, crash logs, iTunes cache, etc.
  • Temporary files which easily occupy much space can be cleared to boost up iOS.
  • Photos can be losslessly compressed to save 75% space.
  • Photos/large files/apps can be mass removed to save huge available space on iOS 11.