How to Delete Messages on an iPad

by Matthew Todd

The iPad provides a convenient way to handle communications, but you may eventually find yourself with an unmanageable pile of messages -- after all, they can't be organized within the Message app. Sending a new message is fairly straightforward, but the process for deleting old ones is not as evident.

Delete Individual Messages

1

Press the home button on your iPad and select the Messages app.

2

Select the conversation containing the message(s) you want to delete. Tap the Edit button in the upper right corner.

3

Select any parts of the conversation that you want to be deleted, then tap the Delete button in the lower left corner.

Deleting a Conversation

1

Press the home button on your iPad and open the Messages app.

2

Press the Edit button in the upper left corner, then tap the red circle that appears next to the conversation to be deleted. Alternatively, swipe horizontally across the conversation.

3

Press the Delete button that appears. Repeat as desired for any messages you wish to delete.

Warning

  • Deleting a message this way will only affect what is stored on your device. The person on the other end of your conversation will still have his own records.

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About the Author

Matthew Todd has eight years of writing and copy editing experience, mostly focused on the tech industry. His work covers a range of topics from gadgets and eReaders to Microsoft's emphasis on cloud computing. He recently earned a Masters degree in English.

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