How to Delete Text Message Attachments on iPhone

"I bought a new iPhone 6 to replace my old iPhone 5 as soon as it was launched. When I go to Settings > General > Usage, I see that I have more than 2GB of messages on my iPhone's memory. I always delete text messages, iMessages and even WhatsApp messages from my iPhone, so I think that there can’t be so many messages on my iPhone 6. My brother told me that they were message attachments that occupied the space. How can I delete text message attachments since I don't even know where are they?" -- Asked by Anthony.

It is a common problem that almost all iPhone users could encounter. Some users say that they deleted all text messages only to find that the text messages still occupy more than 2GB space. To delete or completely delete text message attachments, you should follow the steps below:

Part 1: How To Delete Text Message Aattachments From iPhone

Step 1. Connect your iPhone with Wi-Fi. Tap Settings > iCloud, sign in with your Apple ID, tap Storage & Backup to enable the iCloud backup option. Wipe the Backup Now to ON(when the button area is green).
Step 2. Go to Settings > iCloud, find and turn off Documents & Data. Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup. Turn on Backup Now.

Step 3. Tap Settings > General > Reset and Erase all content and settings. In the Setup Assistant, proceed to Set up your device. Tap Restore from a Backup.

Navigate to Choose backup, then choose the latest iCloud backup which you've made in Step 2.

Note: Please remember to sync data from iPhone to PC or iTunes/iCloud before deleting your iPhone data.

Part 2: How To Permanent Erase Text Message Attachments On iPhone

Some people afraid of personal text message attachments or other private information being recovered with iPhone data recovery tool by other people even deleting data with the method of Part 1. Besides, some people only need to erase some personal information like text messages attachments from an iPhone, while restoring iPhone will cause all data loss. So, I'd like to recommend you try iPhone iPad Data Eraser to permanently delete iPhone Text Message Attachments without restore. There are several options for you to delete iPhone data:

Erase Private Data: selectively delete private data from your iPhone without restore;
Erase Deleted Files: permanently remove these files you have deleted on your iPhone;
Erase All Data: delete all data on your iPhone and set it as a new phone.

Steps to permanent erase text message attachments on iPhone

Downloading to install and launch the iPhone Data Eraser on your computer. Then connect your iPhone to this computer by using its USB cable.

iPhone iPad iPod Data Eraser       iPhone iPad iPod Eraser Mac

Step 1. Click Erase Private Data in the left column.

Step 2. Click on the Start Scan button to analyze and scan the data on your iPhone.

Step 3. Once the scan is complete, select items listed under Private Data to view data details, including safari cache, safari history, safari cookies, keyboard cache, message, message attachments, call history, notes, and photos. Here you just need to select "Message Attachments", click the box beside the data types.

Step 4. Click Erase Now to delete data.

You will be prompted to type the word "delete" to confirm the permanent deletion of the data. Once the data is deleted, you will see the following window, just click Done.

You may also interested in:
How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone

How to Permanent Delete Text Messages on iPhone
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How to Permanent Erase All Data on iPad


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