How to Permanently Delete iMessages from iPhone or iPad

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How to permanently delete iMessages? Read this guide to know four ways to remove iMessages from iPhone or iPad permanently.

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Dec. 08, 2015

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PhoneClean - Permanently Delete iMessage of iDevice

PhoneClean - Permanently Delete iDevice iMessage

Have a try on this amazing iOS cleaning tool PhoneClean to remove unwanted data permanently. Now read this post on how to permanently delete iMessages from iPhone iPad.

When you delete a text message or iMessages on iPhone or iPad, it may not be deleted completely from your iDevice. Performing a search on the Spotlight search of your iPhone/iPad, the deleted iMessages will be presented again. How to delete iMessages permanently? Here we provide you four potential ways to permanently delete iMessages from iPhone or iPad.

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Method 1: Delete on iOS Device

This is a basic method. All need to do is to go Message app and select the target message to delete by pressing Edit. Or, delete the entire conversation by tapping "Clear All" button. Through this method, messages haven't been deleted permanently. Running a search on Spotlight, those messages can still be found. To make iMessages caches invisible in Spotlight, just go Setting > General > Spotlight Search and unpick Messages. However, deletion with this method is not completely. In other words, they are recoverable - a potential danger for iOS users.

Method 2: Sync iDevice with iTunes

Regularly update and sync with iTunes will remove cache files or other items. It makes changes for iDevice and all the data could be covered by fresh information. However, please pay attention that messages will be backed up to iTunes. So, if you want to erase messages of original one, you'd better make sure that there is difference between copies on iTunes and iOS device. Also, be careful with another point: other information will also be synced at the same. That means original personal data will be lost while sync.

Method 3: Erase All Content & Setting

If you think none of the methods above are workable, go to Setting > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. This is a practical method that applies to all iOS devices. However, this method hasn't been highly recommended, because all contents and settings will be wiped - back to a new device setting.

Method 4. Permanently Delete iMessages with PhoneClean

PhoneClean is a professional iOS-cleaning utility that helps keep privacy and free up space by removing unwanted junk files and personal data. It can clean up text messages and iMessages with attached files. It also clears out call history, browsing history, Safari history, Webmail caches for keeping privacy from being exposed with permanently deletion. Download PhoneClean to take a tour >

Step 1. Open PhoneClean, connect your iPhone or iPad to computer and click Privacy Clean button.

How to Permanently Delete iMessages from iPhone iPad – Step 1

How to Permanently Delete iMessages from iPhone iPad – Step 1

Step 2. Click Scan button to scan your privacy info, including your iMessaegs, iMessages attachments and even the messages you think you have deleted.

How to Permanently Delete iMessages from iPhone iPad – Step 2

How to Permanently Delete iMessages from iPhone iPad – Step 2

Step 3. After scanning, click each "Review Details" to select the messages or messages attached files you want to remove. ("Secure Cleanup" may include some messages junks on your iPhone).

How to Permanently Delete iMessages from iPhone iPad – Step 3

How to Permanently Delete iMessages from iPhone iPad – Step 3

Step 4. After selecting, go back to delete the selected items by clicking "Clean" button.

How to Permanently Delete iMessages from iPhone iPad – Step 4

How to Permanently Delete iMessages from iPhone iPad – Step 4

The Bottom Line

PhoneClean has been highly recommended, because it saves too much time and keeps personal privacy out of danger. Now, just take a tour for PhoneClean >

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