August 10, 2022
How to Automatically Delete Old Text Messages on iPhone, Android

Is your smartphone text messaging app taking too long to load? Does the text message app stutter when you scroll up or down the list of messages? Is your phone’s memory almost full and you need to get rid of all that digital clutter? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you should consider deleting text messages automatically.

Most of us get too many text messages to delete each one of them manually. On our first Nokia feature phone, we could only store 100-odd messages in most phones, so we kept a close eye on all incoming messages. Today however, the storage restrictions have disappeared and messages have started piling up in everyone’s phones. This led to another set of problems – laggy messaging app and storage issues. Reducing clutter is actually pretty easy – you can set your phone to automatically delete old messages. like this.


On the iPhone, you can set the device to automatically delete all old messages. The only problem is that you can’t make an exception – you can’t change a setting that allows all messages from a particular sender to remain past the expiration date. If you want to save any information from a message, we suggest placing a clipping in an app like Evernote. To automatically clear out old messages, you do:

  1. Open Settings > Messages,

  2. Scroll down to the section labeled message history,

  3. tap keep message,

  4. choose either 30 days either 1 year, This will delete messages older than one month or one year.



Android can be a bit more complicated than the iPhone, simply because there are so many types available. The version of Android, and the customizations that come with your smartphone, both play a part. Although Google’s Hangouts app can now be your default messaging client, and it allows you to automatically delete old messages,

To use Hangouts as your SMS client – if you haven’t already – you’ll need to:

  1. Open default messaging app – Hangouts,

  2. Tap the three horizontal lines icon in the top-left.

  3. tap Adjustment,

  4. tap SMS,

  5. tap SMS disabled and then tap Ok, After tapping on OK it may take a few seconds to complete.


Now, to automatically delete messages from Hangouts:

  1. scroll down advanced section.

  2. the inspection delete old messages, It will delete old text messages from your phone when memory is low.


While this is useful, some Android manufacturers allow you to save individual messages as well. It didn’t work with the Moto E, Micromax Canvas 2 or Gionee Elife E5, but did work with the LG G3, so your mileage may vary. Here, we used the manufacturer’s SMS app. This is how you can save messages, and delete old messages:

  1. open SMS Application.

  2. Tap on the button with the three dots in the top right.

  3. go for Settings > Storage,

  4. Tick ​​”Delete old messages” and in the drop down menu at the bottom, set a limit for the number of messages in each conversation.

If you want to avoid auto-deleting an old message, long-press the specific message in the conversation, and tap copy to saved box,

Unfortunately, this feature isn’t on by default on all phones, so you’ll have to experiment with your device to see if you have this option. Automatically deleting old messages is obviously useful, but it could also use some advanced tweaks to make it even better on both iOS and Android. If you use any other method to delete old text messages automatically, do let us know via comments. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

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