If you delete a message on iMessage does it delete for the other person?

iMessage is a free feature available on iOS devices, allowing users to send free text messages, photos, videos, and more to anyone else who has an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

The iMessage is sent over the internet (WiFi or 5G) instead of SMS/MMS, which means that it is routed through Apple’s servers and can be used even if the recipient doesn’t have an iPhone. It also means that you can use the iMessage feature even if you don’t have any cell service at all.

Messages are stored in iCloud for 30 days but can be deleted from the device itself. If a message is deleted from the device, it will disappear from the recipient’s device as well. If a message is deleted from the device but not from iCloud, it will remain in the recipient’s device until it is downloaded. The message will also be removed from iCloud after the 30-day period.

How to Delete Messages on your iPhone:

From the Messages app, tap and hold down on a conversation you’d like to delete. A red circle with a white X will appear to the left of each message you’ve selected. Tap the red circle with the white X. The selected messages will be deleted.

Now that you know how to delete a message on your iPhone, let’s talk about what happens when you do.

If you delete a message on iMessage does it delete for the other person?

If you delete a message on your iMessage, it will also be deleted from the other person’s iMessage history if they have not yet downloaded it. If they have already downloaded the message, then it will remain in their iMessage history.

Does this mean that if you delete a message on iMessage does it delete for the other person? The answer is yes, but only if they haven’t downloaded the message yet. Once they download the message, it will remain in their iMessage history.

How to Delete All Messages on your iPhone

If you want to delete all of the messages on your iPhone at once, you can do that too.

Simply go to Settings, Messages, and toggle Delete All on. This will delete all of your messages at once, and if you have a lot of messages it could take some time.

If you want to permanently delete all of the messages from your iMessage history, you’ll need to use iTunes or iCloud. You can also use one or both of these methods to restore your messages if something goes wrong.

The first way is to Restore Using iTunes:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Select your iPhone in iTunes and click the Summary tab.
  3. Click Restore Backup and choose the most recent backup of your iPhone.
  4. After the restore is complete, you’ll be prompted to set up your iPhone as a new device or restore from a backup. Select Restore from Backup and follow the on-screen instructions to restore your data.
  5. When prompted, sign in with the Apple ID that you use for iMessage.
  6. Once you’re signed in to your account, you should see all of your messages in your iMessage history.

The second way is to Restore Using iCloud:

  1. Go to Settings; Messages and toggle Delete All on. This will delete all of your messages at once, and if you have a lot of messages it could take some time.
  2. After you’ve deleted your messages, go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Click Settings and then click Restore Backup.
  4. Select the most recent backup of your iPhone and click Next.
  5. Enter your Apple ID password and click Restore.
  6. After the restore is complete, you’ll be prompted to set up your iPhone as a new device or restore from a backup. Select Restore from Backup and follow the on-screen instructions to restore your data.
  7. When prompted, sign in with the Apple ID that you use for iMessage.
  8. Once you’re signed in to your account, you should see all of your messages in your iMessage history.

Here are common questions about deleting messages on iPhone:

Can I delete an iMessage I already sent?

While you can’t delete a message after you’ve sent it, you can turn OFF notifications for that specific conversation. While viewing a conversation in Messages, tap Details and then uncheck the box next to Show Alerts.

This will stop iMessage from sending you alerts when someone responds to your messages and will also stop the other person from seeing your iMessage notifications. You’ll still be able to see their response in the conversation thread without opening it.

How can I delete a message I already sent so the other person can’t see it?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to delete a message you’ve already sent. Even if you turn OFF notifications for that conversation, the other person will still be able to see your message in their iMessage history.

Read also: What does Message Blocking Is Active Mean on iPhone?

What happens if you delete a conversation on iMessage?

If you delete a conversation, it will be removed from your iMessage history, but the other person will still have it in their iMessage history. If you want to delete the messages from their iMessage history as well, you’ll need to restore from a backup or delete the message from their device.

What happens when you hide alerts and delete the conversation on iMessage?

When you hide alerts, it will stop your iPhone from sending you notifications when someone responds to your messages. You’ll still see their response in the conversation thread without opening it. If you delete a conversation, it will not remove the conversation from their iMessage history.

Can you delete messages on iMessage on iOS 14?

Yes, you can delete messages on iMessage on iOS 14. This is done by swiping left on the message and tapping the Delete button.