How to set messages delete automatically on iOS 8

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One of the app that consumes lots of storage on your iPhone or iPad is Messages app. It stores from regular text messages to photos, audio and videos and so it uses lots of storage. If your don’t delete the messages time to time then it uses gigabytes in some cases. However iOS 8 comes with an effective solution for this, a feature which allow you to set messages delete themselves automatically after certain time. This can free more storage on your iPhone or iPad and you no need to take concern about remembering to delete them.

How to set messages delete automatically on iOS 8

  • Go to settings app on your phone or iPad which has to be running on iOS 8 or higher versions.
  • Scroll down to find messages and tap on it.
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  • Now go to the Message history section and tap on keep messages under it.
  • Choose the duration of the messages you want to delete. You can select either 1 year or 6 months or 1 month depending on how many messages you receive.
  • A popup menu will appear and tap on delete to confirm that you would like to delete any messages which older than the specific time which you have set.

That’s it, you are done, from now iOS will automatically delete the messages older than the specific time which you have set and no need to check again and again. But a small issue here is that, once the message is deleted you can’t get them back and there is a chance of deleting important messages without your notice. You need to check once before setting the auto delete option.

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