How to Delete All Text on an iPhone 4

Written by j.s. copper
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When the iPhone was first released, it came in 4GB and 8GB varieties. This internal memory allowed users to store a high number of text messages in the "Messages" application (initially, up to 1000, now up to 75,000). Because of this, a user can end up with a ton of old conversations stored in the "Messages" application. If you are looking to clean up your texts, you can easily delete entire conversations with a single tap.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the "Messages" application on the iPhone 4's home screen. If the "Messages" app opens to a single conversation, tap the "Messages" back-arrow in the upper-left-hand corner of the app to view all conversations (listed by contact name).

  2. 2

    Tap the "Edit" button in the upper-left-hand corner. A red circle icon ("Do Not Enter" symbol) will appear to the left of each conversation.

  3. 3

    Tap the red circle icon. A "Delete" button will appear to the right of the icon. Tap the "Delete" button to delete the entire conversation with the selected contact.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 until all messages are removed from the "Messages" app.

  5. 5

    Tap "Done" in the upper-left-hand corner of the application when finished.

Tips and warnings

  • To quickly erase your personal text messages--and all other personal information and settings--from your iPhone in one fell swoop, open the "Settings" application, select "General," then "Reset." Select "Erase All Content and Settings" and confirm the action. This will wipe the phone clean. This is the only method of deleting all messages from the phone at once.

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