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    Default How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Hi,
    Basically as my title says, I've deleted my ex's contact but when I go to create a new text message her number drops down as "recent - other"! How do I delete this number from my other contacts?
    Thanks
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    Default How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    That's odd, where is the option to see recent contacts when creating a message? I have never come across that.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    I'm not a 100% sure because I've never had this problem. It may be similar to the email history where you type a name and it display's contacts you previously emailed. On the iPhone there is no way to clear it so if it is the same issue you're out of luck. Try taking a screen cap so we can see what is happening to determine if it is something different altogether.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Basically it's when you go to type in a number when you create a new text message... A list of recently texted numbers show up and I've no idea how to delete them.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    You can delete email recents, but not phone/text recents. Sorry.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Oh right that's a bit rubbish!! I don't even know why those numbers show up because I've texted loads of other numbers who aren't on my contacts and they haven't shown up
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    I have same problem here. Didi you find a solution?
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    The ONLY way to remove this data from your phone, is to restore your phone as a new device in iTunes, NOT from backup. You either do that, or you must "live with it", as there is currently no way to edit this data on any iPhone.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Please Fausty, can u explain how to RESTORE PHONE AS A NEW DEVICE? I'm new iphone user so i don't know what u mean.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Quote Originally Posted by volvoxdj View Post
    Please Fausty, can u explain how to RESTORE PHONE AS A NEW DEVICE? I'm new iphone user so i don't know what u mean.
    Here's a link from Apple's website:

    Basically, you hook you phone up to your computer/iTunes and choose the Set Up as New option... but be advised, when you do this EVERYTHING on your phone will be wiped and replaced with a pristine copy of the latest version of iOS for your device.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Thank you very much, that was helpful!
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    Default How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Ya no way except a fresh start and install although a ex might be worth it for most its not


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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Dude keep in mind that even if you wipe your iPhone clean and all those un wanted numbers are gone now along with your data the moment you delete another number the same problem will still be there that number you try to delete will show up and same problem will be there do decide if its really worth deleting everything for
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Go to the contacts again check whether the number is still available in your contact list, if its there then delete it again and restart your phone that contact will be removed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanlawrence171 View Post
    Go to the contacts again check whether the number is still available in your contact list, if its there then delete it again and restart your phone that contact will be removed.
    The OP's issue isn't for email addresses or phone numbers in the contact list. It’s for email addresses/phone numbers that are NOT in the contact list, but that show up in the address field for emails/text messages. These are email addresses/phone numbers that may previously have been in the contacts list OR may have been manually entered. There is no way to delete these "phantom" email addresses/phone numbers short of setting the phone up as new. But as Daddy Goldstein correctly added, as soon as you enter another entry or delete a person from your contact list whom you have emailed/texted previously, that email address/phone number becomes a phantom entry. #latherRinseRepeat
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    I've tried everything you all have suggested! and 4 old txt phone numbers still live on my txt list. They have all been deleted from my contact lists weeks ago arrrggghhhh yet the still pop up when crafting txt msgs

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    Quote Originally Posted by ettaj View Post
    I've tried everything you all have suggested! and 4 old txt phone numbers still live on my txt list. They have all been deleted from my contact lists weeks ago arrrggghhhh yet the still pop up when crafting txt msgs

    The only way is to set your device up as new and NOT restore it from a backup.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    nonnnn
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    i have the same problem..guys please give a solution
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    Quote Originally Posted by AvniC View Post
    i have the same problem..guys please give a solution
    The only way is to set your device up as new and NOT restore it from a backup.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Before wiping the phone out completely I'd recommend going into settings - general - reset - reset all settings. Not sure if it will work or now but it's worth a try.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    How do I delete recents text contacts from my iPhone 4S
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    Quote Originally Posted by kels40 View Post
    How do I delete recents text contacts from my iPhone 4S
    Scroll up 2 posts prior to yours to get the answer...
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    The only way to get rid of it is to restore your phone which was said above. Save your contacts through google or yahoo etc. and all of your other information through another program or site instead of through your itunes or icloud backup. If you restore from a backup, that recent text history will still be there. You have to start a fresh restore, but before you do, make sure you backup your information somewhere else besides itunes or icloud backup. It is the only way if you REALLY want to get rid of it. Apple does need to add a fix for this. This issue has been going on for a long time. I am surprised they haven't resolved it through their updates yet.
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    Default Re: How do you delete recent contacts in your text history

    I would like to know the same thing. I am tired of my phone popping up my boyfriends old number although I deleted it and it sends my text to his old number therefore he doesn't receive my text so it brings a lot of confusion
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