How to auto-delete old messages on your iPhone/iPad

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Apple’s iPhone is one of the most desired smartphones in today’s market. However, iPhone features some definite downsides when compared to its main rival, Android smartphone. One of these downsides is the lack of a microSD card slot. In reality, microSD cards are useful for anyone who wants to jam their phone full of media.

If you are now using a 16GB iPhone and you often engage in conversations through the Messages app, you may not have noticed that you are now storing a lot of old messages that are taking up too much space. You may be wondering how to remove all these old messages. In this piece, we will show you how to automatically delete old messages to free more space on your iPhone/iPad. However, the first thing you need to do is to check how much storage space is used by the Messages app.

How to find out how much space the Messages app is using on your iPhone/iPad:

Step 1: Launch the Settings app, and tap General.

Step 2: Go to Storage & iCloud Usage.

Step 3: Tap Manage Storage.

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That’s simple, you now can easily check how much memory your Messages app is taking up. In our example, the Messages app is taking up 3GB of storage space. It is a matter of time before the Messages app expands to take up the entire storage space.

How to set up your iPhone/iPad to automatically delete old messages:

Step 1: Open up the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, and tap Messages.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Keep Messages.

Step 3: On the Keep Messages screen, you can select “30 days” or “1 year”. These settings will delete all your text messages and message attachments from your iPhone/iPad that are older than 30 days or 1 year.

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Step 4: Tap “30 days” or “1 year” to bring up a popup message asking you to confirm the deletion of older messages, and then tap Delete to finish the task.

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In reality, there are a lot of apps on iPhone that you are actively using. These apps will take up a considerably large amount of space. The first thing you need to do is to find out what’s using the most space.

To do this, you can go to Settings app, and then head to General > Usage > Manage Storage. You will see a list of apps that are taking up your storage space. Delete them if necessary.

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Besides, you can use Google + or DropBox to store your photos to save more space. Google+ is one of the most used online storage services. The service is a great tool for storing photos and videos, as it now offers an unlimited amount of storage.

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You can download the Google+ app from the Apple App store, and head to the app’s settings and select Auto Back-Up. Make sure that you back up your photos over Wi-Fi only to avoid massive iPhone data bills.

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