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In iOS 8, Apple introduced recent contacts on its multitasking menu i.e. app switcher. This new feature is very useful when it comes to quick text or call your most-contacted family and friends. With just a single tap on any of the contact bubbles, different kinds of options like message, call and FaceTime will appear.

But sometimes we need to remove recents on iPhone, such as;

  • To free up iPhone memory;
  • To wipe out private data;
  • It is annoying to some people, especially when it means seeing a particular face constantly;
  • Some people feel the recent feature on the app switcher is obscuring half of the screen, especially when it鈥檚 in landscape mode;
  • Do not just like the feature and would prefer it as a widget in the notification center.

How to Manually Remove Recents on iPhone

1. How to Delete Recent Calls on iPhone

Everything concerning call history on iPhone is revealed by the recent calls feature in "Phone" app. Below is a complete guide on how to delete recent call on iPhone:

  • Step 1: From Home screen of your iPhone, launch Phone app and go to 鈥淩ecents鈥 tab.
  • Step 2: Tap 鈥Edit鈥 button at the top right corner.
  • Step 3: Each of phone record has a red 鈥Delete鈥 option to the left of phone number or name. When you see this "Delete" option, tap on it.
  • Step 4: If you want to delete all calls, hit 鈥Clear鈥 button at the top left corner and click 鈥淐lear All Recents鈥 to confirm.

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2. How to Delete Recents on App Switcher Screen (for iOS 8)

  • Step 1: Go to 鈥Settings鈥 app.
  • Step 2: Inside, tap on 鈥Mail, Contacts and Calendars鈥.
  • Step 3: Scroll down the screen to the 鈥CONTACTS鈥 tab and click 鈥Show in App Switcher鈥.
  • Step 4: Switch 鈥Phone Favorites鈥 and 鈥Recents鈥 off.

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3. How to Remove Recent Contacts from iPhone Messages App

At the point of typing text messages, typing the first letter of the name in the 鈥淭o鈥 field will bring out recently contacted lists. But if the current lists is occupied by some unwanted contacts. Besides, if you the contact has change the phone number but it still shows the old contact when you type the first letter. You may want to remove some unwanted or incorrect contacts there.

  • Step 1: Open Messages app on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Tab the icon from the upper right corner to pen the window for new messages.
  • Step 3: Start tying into the To line with the first letter of the contact you want to remove.
  • Step 4: Find the contact from the list and lick on the i with circle icon.
  • Step 5: Click Remove From Recents.

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4. How to Delete Recent Destination and Search History in iOS 14 Map

Map app will automatically record your search history and destination recently. Don't want to keep track of where you have been? Delete the recent destination and route history.

  • Step 1: Open Maps app on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Tap the search bar.
  • Step 3: Click on Favorites and choose Recents.
  • Step 4: Click Clear from the upper left corner and confirm by click on Clear All Recents.

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5. How to Delete Recent Photos from iPhone

Do you know that simply deleting photos or videos in Photos app doesn't actually delete them? The deleted photos and videos are still left on your iPhone for 30 days before they are gone. Have you noticed the Recently Deleted folder in Photos app? That's where the deleted photos are stored.

  • Step 1: Open Photos app on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Go to Albums tab from the bottom.
  • Step 3: Find the album called Recently Deleted and click on it.
  • Step 4: Tap Select from the upper right corner and tap Delete All from the botton left corner.
  • Step 5: Confirm by tapping Delete XXX Items.

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However, even the photos or videos are deleted from Recently Deleted folder, you still cannot make sure they are unrecoverable any more.

Cons of Deleting Recents from iPhone

Where there is a will there is a way for technology especially for tech savvy folks. There are a lot of softwares available these days that can locate and retrieve blocked, hidden or even deleted files. So simply deleting recents from your iPhone is not all there is to erase recents on your iPhone, especially for private and personal files.

How to Permanently Delete Recents on iPhone, iOS 14 Included

Since deleted recents can be recovered by some recovery tools, your best option is to look for iPhone data erasing programs like iMyFone Umate Pro to permanently delete recents with no opportunity for recovery.

iMyFone Umate Pro is a unique program designed to help in permanent erasing of data or files and recents are inclusive. It鈥檚 easy and safe to use. Depending on your needs, there are 4 erase modes and different cleansing levels of high, medium and low to choose from.

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Key Features:

  • Permanently wipe recents from iPhone without recovery, like recent calls, photos, searching history, etc.
  • Even the files that you previously deleted can be found and completely removed.
  • Also wipe third-party apps data and fragmenst to secure privacy, like WhatsApp, Line, Kik Facebook, Snapchat, Chrome, etc.
  • Secure all your iPhone data and make it away from privacy leak, especially when you want to sell or give away your device.
  • Give your iPhone a complete cleanup and boost it up by clearing cache, logs, junk, etc. for free.

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Steps to Delete Recent Calls/Photos/Searching History on iPhone Permanently

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iMyFone Umate Pro.


Step 2: Click on 鈥淓rase Private Data鈥 tab, hit "Scan" button.


Step 3: You can preview and select Call History, Safari History, Safari Cache, Safari Cookies, etc. Then hit 鈥淓rase Now鈥 button.


Note: If you want to delete recent photos or videos, you can go to Erase Deleted Files mode.