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SMS clogging up your phone's storage? Here's how to get rid of them quickly

You might rely on services like WhatsApp more but SMS still holds strong.

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WHILE MORE OF us are relying on the likes of WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, iMessage and others, the traditional method of SMS messaging still holds on, especially since most users have a certain amount of free texts to send.

Even if it not your first port of call, these messages can still take up space. Although it might not seem like much now, it can add up over time so it’s always a good idea to clear them up every so often.

The main thing to note before doing the below is you’re not getting rid of any important messages. Once you’ve checked, then you can start deleting.

The traditional method would be going into Messages itself, and choosing the ones you want to get rid of. This could take a while but there are quicker methods depending on what you use.

On iOS, go into Settings > Messages > Keep Messages and change it to one year or 30 days. When you set this, it will automatically delete those messages older than the period marked and continue to do so.


On Android, it depends on the type of app you’re using. The Messenger app doesn’t have the option, but Hangouts does. If you go into Settings > SMS, you can select Delete Old Messages, and it will do so when you’re running low on storage.

Alternatively, you can just use a different app like mySMS or EvolveSMS that gives you further control over your SMS usage.


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Quinton O'Reilly

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