How to auto-delete old iMessage conversations in iOS 11

iOS 11 is not a huge improvement to the operating system, as it comes with some small and welcome additions. However, if you spend time digging into the new version of iOS, there are a lot of new things that make what you do most even better. One such feature is the ability to auto-delete old iMessage chats.

This is a great feature, as it saves the burden of locating tons of your messages and removing all of them, one by one. Besides, you can also review iMessage attachments and delete all of them at once. Cool, isn’t it?

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to auto-delete old iMessage conversations on your iPhone and iPad. Before we begin, note that iOS 11 is now in beta stages, so it may come with bugs and glitches. We recommend you install iOS 11 on a secondary device for testing purposes.

Steps to auto-delete old iMessage conversations in iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad

Old messages and attachments tend to stay hidden on your device and take up a considerable amount of storage over time. So, it’s a good idea to remove all of them. Here is how you can do that.

Step one: First off, you need to launch the Settings app from your home screen and then hit General to proceed

Step two: Once you are in, you simply need to tap on iPhone or iPad Storage. From here, you will see a list of apps that are using your iPhone’s storage space. Locate Messages and tap on it to proceed

Step three: On the next screen, all you need to do tap on Enable next to Auto Delete Old Conversations to turn on the feature. Once enabled, the feature will automatically get rid of all your messages and attachments that were sent or received over a year ago.

Steps to remove large iMessage attachments in iOS 11 on your iPad

If you now have an iPad, you can easily delete large iMessage attachments on your device. Here is how you can do this.

Step one: Launch the Settings app from your home screen and then hit General

Step two: Next up, hit iPad Storage and select Review Large Attachments under the Recommendations option

Step three: Here, you can see all photos, videos, and attachments taking up storage in Messages. Select the attachments you wish to remove and hit the Trash Can icon.

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