How to Delete Multiple Images in iMessage

Are you frustrated with the new iMessage deletion feature?

Previously, you could easily delete multiple images by tapping on the ( i ) icon, holding down the ‘More’ option, and selecting several or all images you wanted to delete.

By default, you would have to delete and confirm each photo or image in the iMessage.

This is very frustrating especially when you have gotten used to this feature for a long time.

But since Apple decided to change this feature, they have a good reason for this. Although some may find it hard to cope up with the changes, it can be easily accepted once the new efficient way is explained.

That is the purpose of our guide for today. We will introduce new ways on how to delete multiple images in the new version of iMessage. After that, you can decide for yourself if the new methods are indeed more efficient or not.

Let’s dive in!


1. Do the Two-Finger Tap.

It would be more efficient if you can select images to delete by the recipient. You can do just this by jumping into your private conversation with a contact which you may have several text messages and images. From there, you can just easily select these messages and images, and delete it.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. First and foremost, go to any iMessage conversation and tap on the screen with two fingers simultaneously. You must use two fingers to tap on the screen at the same time.
  2. Now a checkmark will appear on each of the messages, and you can drag these marks up or down to highlight more messages or images. It may be a little complicated to figure out how to drag-select multiple messages. You can do so by again using two of your fingers and swiping down on the messages you want to select on your device.


How to Delete Multiple Images in iMessage


  1. Lastly, once you have finished the selection process, hit the Trash icon, and confirm the Delete messages option to finalize the process.

This is, in our opinion, the fastest way to delete multiple messages and images in iMessage. The method discussed is helpful to ensure that you just don’t delete images globally for some images that might be important.

However, if you are looking for a way to delete only the images, you should try the next fix.



2. Select Images Option.

There is also a way to choose a list of photos per conversation in iMessage. By doing this method, you can see the list of images related to that conversation, and you will be able to delete it.

This is also a more secure way to preserve essential images from the conversation.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead tap and hold any photo on the iMessage app until a dialog box opens (as shown below).
  2. Next, on the dialog box, tap the More option.


How to Delete Multiple Images in iMessage


  1. A small circle will appear that indicates the selection of files — simply tap the file to select it for deletion.
  2. Scroll up or down to see other available files and tap it to select for deletion.
  3. Once you have finished the selection process, tap the Trash icon to delete the files.
  4. Lastly, confirm the process if applicable.

Now that you can select photos to delete per conversation, you can make sure that you delete the only selected images.

But if you are looking for a way to delete it entirely with no regard to importance, you can check the next method.



3. Select Entire iMessage Photos.

There is an alternative way to select all photos in the iMessage. But before doing this, a list of photos may only show minimal information about the photo you are deleting.

If you are confident that all photos in your iMessage are not important and ready for deletion, you can use this process.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead open up your Settings app, then tap on General.
  2. Next tap on your iPhone’s (or iPad’s) Storage.
  3. Now find and tap the Messages option.


How to Delete Multiple Images in iMessage


  1. Then find and tap the Photos option and you will find a list of images here.
  2. Find and tap on the Edit option on the top right corner of the screen (as shown below).



  1. Now tap to select the files you want to delete. A check button will appear if you have selected the files.
  2. Lastly, to delete, tap the Trash icon at the top right corner of the screen.

In this way, it will be much faster to scroll through all the photos because the details are minimal. You would then be able to delete multiple images in a less laggy way.

However, if your goal is just to free some storage, then Method 4 is much more geared for that purpose.



4. Remove Large Attachments.

One of the primary reasons why we need to delete images is to free some space in our devices.

With that in mind, here’s what you can do to remove all of your large file attachments that are consuming most of your device’s storage:

  1. Go ahead open up your Settings app, then tap on General
  2. Next tap on your iPhone’s (or iPad’s) Storage.
  3. Now find and tap Messages.
  4. Lastly, under the Recommendations section, tap the Review Large Attachments option. Inside this section, you’ll be able to see every large attachment you have in your messages and will be able to delete them.


How to Delete Multiple Images in iMessage


It’s possible that the ‘Review Large Attachments’ recommendation may not appear for every device. In which case, we advise that you opt for any one of the other three methods laid out in this post.

That brings us to the end of this post on how to delete multiple images in iMessage (Messages application). We hope that we were able to help you out. If you have questions related to this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below.


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  • Mako Young

    Mako is a staff writer at Saint. He's been writing about tech for more than a decade. When he isn't reading about the latest news on Apple, he's busy studying cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, cloud computing, and other IT-related sectors. His exceptional work graces technology and Apple-related blogs like How-To Geek,, Macgasm, onMac, PhotoWorkout, GameRant, and many more. He also has a Bachelors in Computer Science and has been writing since 2018, with over 400 posts published. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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