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How to Erase Text Messages on iPhone Permanently

Sometimes, you need to remove part of the old or irrelevant messages in your application so as to free up more space on your iPhone. Or you may have some personal messages that you don’t want anyone to see so you need to erase them completely from your iPhone. Deleting text messages from your iPhone device is as easy as 1-2-3, however the fact is they are still on your iPhone, but become invisible. The messages might still show up in the spotlight search on iPhone which can be very embrassing if you want give away your phone, or worse, personal leak.

Part 1: How to Delete iPhone Messages for Free (Recoverable)

Syncios Mobile Manager is an easy-to-use and powerful iOS&Android Mobile manager, which is well-designed for users who want to manage device contents on PC. It allows you to export contacts, apps, photos, music, ringtone, videos, SMS messages, eBooks and more. With this free mobile manager tool, you can easily delete your iPhone messages.

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Step 1 : Launch Syncios iPhone Manager on your computer, connect your iPhone or iPad to computer via USB cable.

Step 2 : After your iPhone is detected by Syncios, go to "Information" on left list. Choose "Messages" option in middle interface.

Step 3 : Click Delete button after choosing messages you need to remove from your iPhone. Then click on OK to delete them.

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Step 4 : By the way, here is a shortest way to check complete conversation of every message. You just need to keep still for two seconds when you move to the message. Then the complete conversation will display.

TIPS: if your iPhone can't be recognized, please follow our tutorial here.

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This Syncios iOS Manager can also help you backup and restore your iPhone messages (text messages and imessages) easily. You can backup your iPhone messages to computer, then restore to new iOS or Android device any time you want.


Part 2: How to Delete Text Messages from iPhone Backup (Recoverable)

To make sure your messages are gone forever, it's recommended to delete the text messags from your iPhone backup - both iTunes and iCloud. If you have backed up your phone via iTunes or iCloud, then your deleted messages may included in these backups. So if you restore your iPhone with one of those backups one day, it is not suprising if you see the deleted messages just come back. Furthermore, if these backups were hacked by any bad guys, they might be able to access them. Now follow our tutotial to delete text messages from your iPhone backups.

Delete text messages from iCloud Backup:

Step 1 : Go to the "Settings" app on your iPhone and tap on "General."

Step 2 : Tap "Storage & iCloud Usage," then "Manage Storage" below the iCloud section.

Step 3 : Select the device you wish to delete under "Backups."

Step 4 : Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit "Delete Backup."

Step 5 : Tap "Turn Off & Delete" and the backup will be erased.

Delete text messages from iCloud Backup

You can also check more detailed tutorial on how to delete old backup from iCloud here.

Delete text messages from iTunes Backup:

Step 1 : Open iTunes, click on "iTunes" in the menu bar, then "Preferences."

Step 2 : Click on "Devices", You should see a list of all devices with a backup stored on your computer.

Step 3 : Click on the backup you wish to delete.

Step 4 : Click on "Delete Backup" in the bottom-right corner.

Step 5 : On the pop-up confirm window, hit "Delete", then hit "OK" to exit the preferences.

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Note: Delete text messages backup from iTunes/iCloud requires you to delete the entire backup, so make sure you don't have any information you want to keep in this backup. This method is not 100% unrecoverable because if you have downloaded the iTunes/iCloud backup from iPhone to computer or other phone, there is still possibility to restore the messages.


Part 3. How to Erase Text Messages on Your iPhone or iPad (Unrecoverable)

If one day you need to give away your iPhone/iPad, you may need to wipe all the personal data on your phone. In this case, Panfone iOS Data Eraser is a thoughtful and efficient tool created for iOS devices. It is designed for data management of all kinds of data on iPhones and iOS devices. Its power comes from being able to remove and erase files permanently with zero chance of being recoverability by any recovery tool anywhere in the world.

Features of PanFone iOS Eraser:

  • Erase your text messages from iPhone completely with 0% recovery even by the FBI.
  • Preview and erase your deleted text messages that still exist in your iPhone.
  • Wipe messages and attachments of third-party apps completely. Examples of apps include WeChat, Kik, Viber, WhatsApp, and more.
  • Clean your message cache for free to keep your privacy safe and speed up your iPhone.
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    It also removes the stresses of having to delete files with your hands and deleting them one after the other. This makes it efficient and swift and extremely useful if you want to erase your iPhone for any reason. This powerful product also comes with 3 different erase options that put the power with you according to your needs.

  • Erase all data: Erases all files permanently but with zero chance of being recoverability.
  • Erase deleted files: Find previously deleted files and delete them permanently.
  • Erase private data: Will delete all private files from third party apps and iOS system data.
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    It also have a 1-click cleanup function, to speed up iPhone and free up space by deleting all hidden junk files, temporary files, and bulk delete unwanted photos, videos & apps.

    How to Permanently Erase iPhone Data with Panfone iOS Data Eraser

    Step 1 : Download Panfone iOS Data Eraser to your computer from Panfone official site. Run the downloaded file and click “Install”, then connect your iDevice – iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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    Step 2 : Read the 3 tips before erasing data, and you can select a security level. The default recommended level is Medium, and there are other two options: Low Level and High Level. Simply select your preferable one.

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    Step 3 : Panfone will ask you to confirm the deletion process. Type "delete" in the spaces provided and click on the "Erase now" to initiate the data deletion process.

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    Your iPhone/iPad will be deleted in a span of few minutes. All you have to do at this point is to sit back and wait as iOS Data Eraser simultaneously deletes your data. You can monitor the deletion progress. Just download this free iOS Data Eraser tool and wipe your iPhone/iPad data safely with 100% success.


    Above are the ways to erase the text messages on iPhone either temporarily or permanently as the case may be. If you want to erase the text messages completely, PanFone iOS Eraser Free will be the best choice which can not only help you erase text messages but also other private data and third app data, make sure no information leak.

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