How to Delete Messages from Your iPad After 30 Days

On devices with a limited amount of space, it can become a delicate balance to keep what you need, but still have the ability to add new songs, videos, or apps.

We have previously written about how to delete individual messages from your iPad, but you may be looking for an automatic way to keep the space used by the Messages app to a minimum.

One way to do this is to set up your iPad so that it automatically deletes messages from the device after 30 days.

This is especially useful if you engage in a lot of picture messaging, and you can see some real space savings by taking advantage of this feature.

How to Only Keep Messages for 30 Days on an iPad

These steps were performed on an iPad 2, in iOS 8. Earlier versions of iOS do may not have this feature.

When you enable the setting described below, your iPad will delete all of your messages that are older than 30 days. So if you have some important information or pictures that you would like to save, it is a good idea to do so before completing these steps.

Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Select the Messages option from the column at the left side of the screen.

open the messages menu

Step 3: Touch the Keep Messages button at the right side of the screen, under Message History.

touch the keep messages button

Step 4: Select the 30 Days option.

select the 30 days option

Step 5: Touch the red Delete button to confirm that you wish to make this change, and that you understand that your old messages will be deleted.

touch the delete button

Now that you know how to delete messages from your iPad after 30 days, you won’t need to worry that your text message conversations are taking up too much storage space on the device.

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