Automatically Delete Old Text Messages

Most of us check text messages haphazardly on our smartphones without even bothering to delete the old and unwanted text messages. What happens next? The messages keep piling up in our devices, consuming our precious storage space. As a result, our text messaging app takes a long time to load and slows down the phone’s performance. It is a good practice to give some air to your text messaging app to breathe. So, in this article, we have brought a quick guide for you. You need to make some tweaks in your device setting, and it will automatically delete old text messages. You will not need to open the app to delete SMSs every time. Let’s have a glance at a quick and easy guide on how to auto-delete old text messages (SMS) on Android and iOS.

How To Automatically Delete Old Text Messages (SMS) on Android?

You cannot use your default message app for this process. You will need Hangout or some other compatible apps like it. Continue reading to learn the process.

Download the latest version of Google Hangout on your android device

Open the app

Now, if you are using another app as your default messaging app, you need to change it and set Google Hangout as your default messaging app on your device. To do that, follow these steps-

Click on the three-line icon in the top left corner of your phone

Now select settings from the list of option

Click on the SMS option under the general settings section

After that, click on SMS Disabled on the SMS setting page

A confirmation dialogue box will appear to set Hangout as your default messaging app

Select yes

Scroll down through the SMS setting page and find the Delete Old Messages option.

Now turn on the toggle to activate the auto-delete mode.

Note: Unfortunately, there is no setting to set the number of hours or days for deleting old messages. As soon as the device storage starts to get slow, Hangout will auto-delete the older messages to enhance the device’s performance.

How To Automatically Delete Old Text Messages (SMS) on iPhone or iOS?

Deleting older messages in an iOS device is comparatively simple as the feature is already available in the native SMS app. So, you don’t have to download any other third-party messaging app to use the auto-delete feature.

Open the settings on your iOS or iPhone

Browse the settings and click on Messages

Now scroll down to the Message History section and click on the Keep Messages option.

Here you have to select between 30 days and 1 year. [Note: Choosing 30 days will enable the SMS app to keep the messages stored up only for 30 days.]

After selecting 30 days or 1 year, a pop-up dialogue box will appear to ask for your approval to delete messages older than 30 days or 1 year.

Now select delete

Once the number is selected, any new text messages that come along will stay in your iOS device for that long (either 30n days or 1 year) before getting deleted permanently.

Nowadays, some android devices have an in-built auto-delete option in their native text messaging app. So, you will need to experiment with your device to see if you have this option. Moreover, the above-discussed process of auto-deleting old text messages on Android and iOS is very easy and smooth.

Experiencing difficulties with your Device, check out our “How To” page on how to resolve some of these issues.


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