How to automatically delete messages in iOS 8 to save storage space

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 17 Sep 2014

Storage space on the iPhone comes at a premium, so it is important to keep track of the usage so you don’t run out of free space.

If you’re a heavy Messages app user, then the storage space used up by Messages can be run into GBs of data.

In iOS 8, Apple has added a feature that allows you to automatically delete messages after a certain amount of time, so you don’t have to go through the painful task of deleting them manually when you run out of free space.

How to automatically delete messages to save storage space:

  • Launch the Settings app
  • Scroll down and tap on Messages
  • Scroll down and tap on Keep Messages under Message History

iOS 8 Messages - Message History

  • By default it is set as Forever, however you can change it to 1 year or 30 days, so messages are automatically delete after that period.

iOS 8 Messages - Keep Messages

  • That’s it. iOS will automatically delete the messages and free up storage space.

It’s a nice way to ensure that messages don’t end up taking up too much storage space on your device. Let us know how it goes in the comments.