Text messaging is an incredibly popular form of communication, and we are sending more and more important information via text message. But occasionally you might send or receive a text message that you don’t want someone else to be able to see. Whether you are discussing birthday presents or an upcoming surprise party, there are certain things that someone else reading through your text messages probably doesn’t see. So follow the tutorial below to learn how to selectively delete individual text messages from your iPhone 5.
Delete Single Text Messages from Your iPhone
Note that this process is slightly different than deleting an entire message conversation. In fact, the steps below might be preferable if there is important information or conversations that you want to keep for future reference.
Step 1: Launch the Messages app.
Step 2: Select the message conversation containing the text(s) that you want to delete.
Step 3: Touch the Edit button at the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 4: Tap the bubble to the left of each text that you want to delete. When a text is selected it will have a red check mark inside of the bubble.
Step 5: Touch the Delete button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 6: Touch the Delete Selected Messages button.
If you are concerned about people checking information on your phone, then you might be interested in learning how to use private browsing. Read this article to learn more.
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