Welcome to the iMore Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Results 1 to 19 of 19
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By noaim
  1. Thread AuthorThread Author   #1  
    ame
    ame is offline
    ame's Avatar
    iMore Specialist

    Posts
    1,488 Posts
    Global Posts
    2,334 Global Posts

    Default Is there a way to delete multiple text messages at once?

    My husband works in IT, and this week they are doing upgrades and server changes. He has his iPhone4 (with iOS5) set up to get texts when failures happen so he can see the log overnight. The problem is that it sends each as an individual text, even though it comes from the same number. So instead of one long *** text from like one person, it's 200+ individual texts. Last night I spent 10 minutes just going one by one for him before he hurled it across the house, but is there a way to just delete all? I dont' care if mine are gone at the end of the list. He also doesn't care if the ones from his friends go byebye either.
  2. #2  
    noaim's Avatar
    iMore Specialist

    Posts
    1,453 Posts
    Global Posts
    9,479 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    6.0

    Default

    Yes go out to the text listing where it shows everyone you have a text from.. and slide your thumb across the thred to the right and hit delete
    I answer questions to the best of my knowledge if im wrong please correct me
    NoleScream likes this.
  3. #3  
    ghostface147's Avatar
    iMore Genius

    Posts
    3,457 Posts
    Global Posts
    3,543 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    10B329

    Default

    No, there is no mass delete of text messages. Sorry. Maybe in iOS 9.
    blah blah blah witty signature blah blah blah
  4. #4  
    NoleScream's Avatar
    iMore Intermediate

    Posts
    139 Posts
    iOS Version
    6.0.0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by noaim View Post
    Yes go out to the text listing where it shows everyone you have a text from.. and slide your thumb across the thred to the right and hit delete
    Exactly, think of it as deleting the "conversation".
  5. #5  
    noaim's Avatar
    iMore Specialist

    Posts
    1,453 Posts
    Global Posts
    9,479 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    6.0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by NoleScream View Post
    Exactly, think of it as deleting the "conversation".
    yes this is correct
    I answer questions to the best of my knowledge if im wrong please correct me
  6. #6  
    leharris22's Avatar
    iPhone Intermediate

    Posts
    411 Posts

    Default

    Yes, if you go into Messages, you'll see a list of all your messages. If you click 'Edit', you can select the red button that will appear next to the messages and that will delete the message thread.
    Laura Elizebeth Harris on the iBooks Store
    ~Laura~
  7. #7  
    _heatherly's Avatar
    iPhone Intermediate

    Posts
    285 Posts
    iOS Version
    5.1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by leharris22 View Post
    Yes, if you go into Messages, you'll see a list of all your messages. If you click 'Edit', you can select the red button that will appear next to the messages and that will delete the message thread.
    I was just going to suggest this! This is how to mass delete messages (email and text).
    "Women who strive to be equal to men lack ambition." - Anonymous

    Follow me on Twitter!
  8. Thread AuthorThread Author   #8  
    ame
    ame is offline
    ame's Avatar
    iMore Specialist

    Posts
    1,488 Posts
    Global Posts
    2,334 Global Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by noaim View Post
    Yes go out to the text listing where it shows everyone you have a text from.. and slide your thumb across the thred to the right and hit delete
    Quote Originally Posted by NoleScream View Post
    Exactly, think of it as deleting the "conversation".

    Quote Originally Posted by leharris22 View Post
    Yes, if you go into Messages, you'll see a list of all your messages. If you click 'Edit', you can select the red button that will appear next to the messages and that will delete the message thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by _heatherly View Post
    I was just going to suggest this! This is how to mass delete messages (email and text).


    Its not a conversation. It's one message per ping, so 250 INDIVIDUAL one-message bubble texts as if a different number sent each one, that have to be erased one by one. And doing the edit and red dot thing, only deletes one at a time just like swiping each one does. I want to wipe out his entire messaging list.

    And it does sound like i will be waiting several more OS's because it doesn't sound as though there is an option.
    Last edited by ame; 11-01-2011 at 08:14 PM.
  9. #9  
    _heatherly's Avatar
    iPhone Intermediate

    Posts
    285 Posts
    iOS Version
    5.1

    Default

    So is this a ping message then? I don't use pings. But when you're in the conversation you can do the same thing as described before by tapping Edit and selecting each message you want to delete.

    Sorry if this isn't what you mean, I guess I don't understand what kind of messages you have that you're trying to delete.
    "Women who strive to be equal to men lack ambition." - Anonymous

    Follow me on Twitter!
  10. #10  
    ldttoth's Avatar
    iPhone Nanite

    Posts
    1 Posts
    Global Posts
    33 Global Posts

    Default

    Not sure if your comment helped Ame but it definitely help me.

    Thanks.
  11. Thread AuthorThread Author   #11  
    ame
    ame is offline
    ame's Avatar
    iMore Specialist

    Posts
    1,488 Posts
    Global Posts
    2,334 Global Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by _heatherly View Post
    So is this a ping message then? I don't use pings. But when you're in the conversation you can do the same thing as described before by tapping Edit and selecting each message you want to delete.

    Sorry if this isn't what you mean, I guess I don't understand what kind of messages you have that you're trying to delete.
    No. Not a ping. I used ping since it appears no one understands what I am asking.

    In Messaging.

    Text Messages.

    His server sends him about 200 messages a night.

    Individual texts, as if to come from a separate phone number every time.

    So instead of it being a typical text conversation between him and another person, it's 200 individual texts.

    I want to wipe them all out at one time.

    There does not appear to be a way to do that.
  12. #12  
    noaim's Avatar
    iMore Specialist

    Posts
    1,453 Posts
    Global Posts
    9,479 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    6.0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ame View Post
    No. Not a ping. I used ping since it appears no one understands what I am asking.

    In Messaging.

    Text Messages.

    His server sends him about 200 messages a night.

    Individual texts, as if to come from a separate phone number every time.

    So instead of it being a typical text conversation between him and another person, it's 200 individual texts.

    I want to wipe them all out at one time.

    There does not appear to be a way to do that.
    If there coming from separate numbers there's not a way to do it can you have the servers send emails instead of text messages? And why can't the servers send the text message from the same number it seems like something is configured incorrectly I'm a network guy and I get text messages from my servers and they come from the same number every time


    Sent from my iPhone 4s using Tapatalk
    I answer questions to the best of my knowledge if im wrong please correct me
  13. #13  
    Leanna Lofte's Avatar
    App and photo editor

    Posts
    1,464 Posts
    Global Posts
    1,466 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    6.x

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ame View Post
    No. Not a ping. I used ping since it appears no one understands what I am asking.

    In Messaging.

    Text Messages.

    His server sends him about 200 messages a night.

    Individual texts, as if to come from a separate phone number every time.

    So instead of it being a typical text conversation between him and another person, it's 200 individual texts.

    I want to wipe them all out at one time.

    There does not appear to be a way to do that.
    Holy crap that is horrible. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to mass delete in this way
  14. #14  
    NoleScream's Avatar
    iMore Intermediate

    Posts
    139 Posts
    iOS Version
    6.0.0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ame View Post
    No. Not a ping. I used ping since it appears no one understands what I am asking.

    In Messaging.

    Text Messages.

    His server sends him about 200 messages a night.

    Individual texts, as if to come from a separate phone number every time.

    So instead of it being a typical text conversation between him and another person, it's 200 individual texts.

    I want to wipe them all out at one time.

    There does not appear to be a way to do that.
    I work in IT and with servers and notifications like your husband. There is no way for the iPhone to just "delete all" that I'm aware of, so let's try to set it up so that all of those texts end up in one "conversation."

    I have server notifications set up to send from the same email address, and I have that email address saved to my "Employer" contact in my iPhone Address book. I also don't have my servers send a text message, I have them email my text message phone number (ie, ). The messages from a bunch of different servers all end up in one big conversation, instead of individual texts.

    I agree that it's silly that there's no "delete all" but hopefully this will be a work around for you and tidy up everything for your husband.
  15. #15  
    sting7k's Avatar
    iMore Elite

    Posts
    2,588 Posts
    Global Posts
    3,405 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    7.0.2

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ame View Post
    Its not a conversation. It's one message per ping, so 250 INDIVIDUAL one-message bubble texts as if a different number sent each one, that have to be erased one by one. And doing the edit and red dot thing, only deletes one at a time just like swiping each one does. I want to wipe out his entire messaging list.

    And it does sound like i will be waiting several more OS's because it doesn't sound as though there is an option.
    Go to the view when you are looking at all the SMS conversation threads; swipe to the right on someone's name and you can delete the entire thread and all messages at once. You must do it per person but it's faster than going one by one within in each thread. The only problem with this is you must create a new message now every time you want to text someone.
  16. Thread AuthorThread Author   #16  
    ame
    ame is offline
    ame's Avatar
    iMore Specialist

    Posts
    1,488 Posts
    Global Posts
    2,334 Global Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by noaim View Post
    If there coming from separate numbers there's not a way to do it can you have the servers send emails instead of text messages? And why can't the servers send the text message from the same number it seems like something is configured incorrectly I'm a network guy and I get text messages from my servers and they come from the same number every time


    Sent from my iPhone 4s using Tapatalk
    Quote Originally Posted by llofte View Post
    Holy crap that is horrible. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to mass delete in this way
    Quote Originally Posted by NoleScream View Post
    I work in IT and with servers and notifications like your husband. There is no way for the iPhone to just "delete all" that I'm aware of, so let's try to set it up so that all of those texts end up in one "conversation."

    I have server notifications set up to send from the same email address, and I have that email address saved to my "Employer" contact in my iPhone Address book. I also don't have my servers send a text message, I have them email my text message phone number (ie, ). The messages from a bunch of different servers all end up in one big conversation, instead of individual texts.

    I agree that it's silly that there's no "delete all" but hopefully this will be a work around for you and tidy up everything for your husband.
    I asked him about this this morning, apparently someone else set this texting system up, because he wanted each instance as a separate text and not a conversation because it was easier to keep track of individual than conversation. *head desk* So since this guy is higher ranking, there's no way to fix it. But it's the same "number" that texts him, and all come as separate things. I had him try to set it up as above and it seems to override and still send as a separate thing.

    So...we quit. He said if he can reconfig sometihng so that the other guy gets how he wants it and my husband can get as one conversation great. But I guess Ill be deleting 200 a night! lol
  17. #17  
    noaim's Avatar
    iMore Specialist

    Posts
    1,453 Posts
    Global Posts
    9,479 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    6.0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ame View Post
    I asked him about this this morning, apparently someone else set this texting system up, because he wanted each instance as a separate text and not a conversation because it was easier to keep track of individual than conversation. *head desk* So since this guy is higher ranking, there's no way to fix it. But it's the same "number" that texts him, and all come as separate things. I had him try to set it up as above and it seems to override and still send as a separate thing.

    So...we quit. He said if he can reconfig sometihng so that the other guy gets how he wants it and my husband can get as one conversation great. But I guess Ill be deleting 200 a night! lol
    I am sorry to hear that it has to be this way haha.... and sorry we couldn't help you further!
    I answer questions to the best of my knowledge if im wrong please correct me
  18. Thread AuthorThread Author   #18  
    ame
    ame is offline
    ame's Avatar
    iMore Specialist

    Posts
    1,488 Posts
    Global Posts
    2,334 Global Posts

    Default

    I just was hoping there was some override. I told him that I'd do the deletions for him if he wants. That way he doesn't lose his mind. lol
  19. #19  
    Steve28's Avatar
    iPhone Beginner

    Posts
    91 Posts

    Default

    Does anyone know if PhoneView (for mac) would allow you to delete them from a computer?

Posting Permissions