The accumulation of old text messages on your mobile can be a real pain. It leaves things a tad disorganised and takes up valuable storage space. So, today, we’ll show you how to delete old text messages on Android and iOS using the auto-delete function. Following our instructions will help you better organise your text messages by removing old SMSs that have outlived their usefulness. The process of auto-deleting texts (SMS) varies slightly depending on whether you’re using an Android or iOS system, but it’s simple on both.
Auto-Delete Text Messages (SMS) on Android and iPhone
Though Apple’s iPhones have a built-in option to remove old text messages (SMS), Android does not have such a feature. To get the job done, you’ll need to download a compatible messaging app from the Play Store. To auto-delete text messages (SMS) and keep your SMS inbox clutter-free, we’ll use Google’s Hangouts app (Free) on Android. The solution isn’t perfect, and there aren’t many customization options, but it’s better than having no auto-deletion option at all.
Automatically Delete Text SMS on Android
- On your Android phone, open Google Hangouts and tap the hamburger menu (three lines) in the top-left corner. Pick Settings from the slide-out window.
- Select ‘SMS’ under General settings on the next tab. If you have a different default SMS programme, you’ll need to change it to Hangouts. To get started, select SMS disabled.
- To make Hangouts your default SMS app, pick ‘Yes’ in the pop-up confirmation window. Now switch on the Delete old messages toggle. When you run out of storage space, your old texts (SMS) will be automatically deleted.
Unfortunately, Hangouts does not allow you to choose how long you want to keep messages until they are deleted. Furthermore, Google is planning to phase out Hangouts in favour of Google Chat in the near future, so this approach might not be viable for long. Leave a comment below if you know of a universal Android app that does this (not a native OEM app restricted to a single vendor) and we’ll update our article accordingly.
Automatically Delete Text Messages on iPhone
- On your iPhone, open Settings. Now scroll down and tap on Messages.
- Scroll down to the Message History section on the next page and tap on ‘Keep Messages.’ Finally, depending on how long you want to keep old messages before deleting them, pick between 30 days and a year. Older messages will be deleted immediately, and you must confirm this action by pressing the ‘Delete’ button after choosing the desired auto-delete length.
- Selecting ‘Forever’ on the last tab will permanently prevent your iPhone from auto-deleting text messages. Although this will help you save old SMSes, you can soon find yourself with thousands of messages clogging up your screen.
Although the method for auto-deleting text messages differs between Android and iPhone, it is possible to do so on both platforms. On the other hand, the iPhone’s mechanism is simpler and, for the first time, more flexible than Android’s. So go ahead and set your iPhone or Android device to delete text messages automatically by following this guide.