[4 Ways] How to Delete Text Messages from iCloud

Wondering how to delete text messages from iCloud? This guide with 4 effective methods may cover you different demands to delete text messages from iCloud.

Demi by Demi Updated July 19, 2023
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iCloud offers a convenient way to backup and store your text messages on your Apple devices. However, there may be instances when you want to delete text messages from iCloud for various reasons, such as freeing up storage space or iCloud leak scandals.

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To meet your different demands, this guide provides you with 4 methods to make it. Let’s have brief overview:

Way 1 will tell you how to delete messages from iCloud but not iPhone, enabling you to delete all or selective conversations from iCloud directly.

Way 2 Delete text messages from your Messages app, and it will take some time to sync to your iCloud and other devices.

Way 3 visually deletes text messages from your iCloud account, together with all your synced devices.

Way 4 will provide a third-party tool to help you permanently empty your text messages with no chance to recover them.

Way 1. How to delete text messages from iCloud via Settings app

If Messages are synced with iCloud, you can disable it and delete text messages from iCloud without removing them from your iPhone or iPad. You can choose to remove all text messages or only large conversations from iCloud. Simply go to Settings and follow steps below to manage it.

How to delete all text messages from iCloud but not iPhone
Step 1. Head to your iPhone Settings app > Tap [your name] > Tap iCloud.

Step 2. Choose Messages under Apps Using iCloud > Tap Manage Storage. Please note that the sync switch for Messages should already be toggled off.

Step 3. Click Disable & Delete > From the popup window, tap Delete Messages to confirm your operation.

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🔊 Warm tip: iCloud provides you with an “Undo Disable & Delete” option to undo this action in 30 days to recover delete text messages on iPhone.

How to delete large conversations from iCloud
Step 1. Head to your iPhone Settings app > Tap [your name] > Tap iCloud.

Step 2. Under Apps Using iCloud, tap Messages > Top Conversations.

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Step 3. From here, tap Edit > Swipe left the conversation you’d like to delete from iCloud > Tap Delete to remove it from iCloud.

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Way 2. How to delete text messages from iCloud via Messages app

If you want to delete messages from both your iPhone/iPad and iCloud, you can do it from your Messages app. While before this, you need to ensure you have Messages synced in iCloud. Check it by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Messages.

Step 1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone and get into a message conversation.

Step 2. Touch and hold the message bubble or attachment you intend to remove. Tap Delete.

Step 3. Click Delete Message to delete this entire thread of texts from iCloud.

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Way 3. How to delete text messages from iCloud via iCloud.com

By signing in to your iCloud account through a web browser, you can easily delete text messages from iCloud. Additionally, deleting messages from iCloud Drive on the website will also remove them from all your iOS devices if iCloud Drive is enabled. This provides convenient control over managing your messages and files across your devices through the iCloud web interface. Here’s how to delete messages from iCloud via iCloud.com.

Step 1. Open a web browser and go to iCloud.com and sign in to with your iCloud account.

Step 2. From the main page, choose Mail.

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Step 3. Select the text message you want to remove and pick the Trash button.

Step 4. To clear multiple messages, choose the items you wish to delete and select Delete.

Way 4. Erase all text messages from iCloud & iPhone [Unrecoverable]

When it comes to permanently deleting text messages from your iCloud and on your iPhone, FoneTool is an exceptional choice. This tool provides a remarkable solution that ensures the complete and permanent text messages erasure, safeguarding your data from the risks of theft or leakage during resale or repair.

In case you will need the deleted messages in the future, you can first backup the messages locally. FoneTool lets you preview and select the messages you want to backup.

Get the tool right now and follow the simple steps to backup iPhone messages and other data using FoneTool.

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To selective backup iPhone messages: Connect your iPhone to PC > Choose Phone Backup > Go to Selective Backup > Click Messages to select the messages to need > Click Start Backup.

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How to one-click delete all messages from iPhone via FoneTool
Step 1. Keep connecting your iPhone to PC > Launch FoneTool, and click Toolbox > Data Eraser > Mouse over to Erase private data and click Get Started.

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Step 2. You can enable Deep Erase Technology to ensure that the deleted data cannot be recovered.

Step 3. Finally, click on Start Erase button to permanently delete messages from iPhone.

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That’s all for how to delete text messages from iCloud in four methods. Hope you now have various options to suit your needs. And we are very happy that any part of it can get your back.

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