Thursday, March 19, 2015

Text Messages Can "Fill Up" Your Iphone. Learn How To Automatically Delete Them

We don't usually think about SMS (text) messages consuming a large amount of space on our mobile devices. While they are mostly composed of simple text, they also include MM (multimedia components) - pictures, audio and video. The latter can be quite large and eat up much of the capacity of your device.

Fortunately, you can tell your Iphone/IPad to periodically delete these files preventing an "overflow". The automatic deletion only works if you are running IOS 8 or greater. IOS 7 requires you to delete manually - which is much more cumbersome.

To delete Automatically - IOS 8 or greater:

  1. Open the Settings app in iOS and go to "Messages".
  2. Scroll down in the Message settings until you see "Keep Messages" and click.
  3. Select the desired option: 30 Days, 1 Year, or Forever (the present setting).

To delete Manually - IOS 7

  1. Open the Settings app in IOS and go to "Messages".
  2. Long-Press the message you wish to delete.
  3. Click on More from the pop-up menu.
  4. The message will be selected (blue circle with check mark).
  5. Select additional messages to delete, if you want.
  6. Tap the trash can icon at the bottom left to remove the selected message(s).