How to Stop the iPhone from Automatically Deleting Text Messages

Have you ever gone back to look for an old text message that contained important information, only to find that it was gone from your device? There is a setting on your iPhone that specifies the amount of time that text, audio, and video messages will be kept before they are deleted. If you find that you often reference information stored in old messages, then you may prefer to keep your messages until you choose to delete them.

Our tutorial below will show you the three settings that you need to change on your iPhone if you wish to keep your messages from being deleted.


Keep Text Messages Until Manually Deleted on an iPhone 6

The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. These steps may vary for previous versions of iOS.

Note that text messages can take up a surprising amount of space on your device, especially if you have a lot of picture, video, or audio messages. If you find that you are running out of space, our guide can show you a few items that you can delete to regain that space.


Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Messages option.

open the messages menu



Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Keep Messages button under Message History.

tap the keep messages button



Step 4: Select the Forever option, then tap the blue Messages button at the top-left corner of the screen to return to the previous menu.

select the forever option



Step 5: Tap the Expire button under Audio Messages.

tap the expire button



Step 6: Select the Never option, then tap the Messages button to return to the previous menu.

select the never option



Step 7: Tap the Expire button under Video Messages.

tap the expire button



Step 8: Select the Never option.

tap the never button



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