If you’ve been using your Android phone for a while and want to delete old text messages, there’s an easy way. It doesn’t even require any third-party software or apps: Open the Messages app on your phone and follow these steps:

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Open the Messages app on your Android phone to get started.

To begin, open the Messages app on your Android phone.

Tap and hold the conversation thread from the person you want to delete until more options appear.

When a menu pops up at the top of the screen, tap “Delete” to remove the entire thread.

Tap the menu icon in a series of messages.

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Tap Delete.

Tap Delete again to confirm that you want to delete the entire thread.

Now tap “OK” when a confirmation window asks if you’re sure you want to delete all text messages in the thread.

To delete individual messages:

To recover deleted texts:

Now you’ll no longer see messages from that person in the main window of your messaging app. Deleting text messages this way doesn’t remove them from your phone; it just hides them. If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, you can permanently delete old news, but it isn’t turned on by default. To access it, go into your messaging app’s settings and check off “Delete Old Messages.” You can choose how long you want to keep old texts here as well; the default period is one month, but you can set it up to six months, one year, or indefinitely (which is not recommended).

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Don’t worry; we’re not done yet! If you’re looking for more tips to help manage your text messages and keep them organized, check out our guide on setting up folders in the Messages app.

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