Does Deleting An iMessage Also Delete It For The Other Person?

When you delete a text message does it delete on both ends?

When you delete a message, it only deletes the local copy on your device. The copy on the other end remains on the recipient’s device unless they decide to delete it themselves.

This is the standard for all text messages on every device, be it on Android devices or iPhone. While you can delete the text message to save space on your device, the person on the other end will still have a copy of your text message.

Can you delete a message on iMessage before someone sees it?

Just like text messages, once an iMessage has been sent, it will stay on the recipient’s device until they see it. Deleting the iMessage would only concern your device. 

If your phone is sync’ed in iCloud,. deleting an iMessage on your iPhone will affect viewing the message on your other accounts such as Mac or iPad, where it would also be missing as long as they also have iCloud turned on for backup.

Regardless, the person you sent the iMessage to will continue to see it on their devices.

If you delete the message before it says “Delivered” will it still deliver?

An iMessage will still go through even if you delete the message while in the “Sending” status as you’re merely deleting the message on your account. 

Even if the person you sent the message to has yet to receive it, the message is already synced with Apple’s servers and the recipient’s address. So it will eventually send the message even if there’s no connection currently.

Furthermore, if you have the “Send as SMS” option enabled in your Messages settings, any messages that can’t be delivered by iMessage will end up being sent as normal text messages.

What if message status turns to “Not Delivered”?

This is a rare occurrence that can happen if your iPhone had trouble syncing with Apple’s servers after a few minutes. In this case, you can either resend the iMessage or delete the message safely without the other party knowing about it.

See also: Why is my iMessage not working with only one person?

If you delete a photo from iMessage can the other person still see it?

The other person can still see your photo even if you delete it on iMessage. Just like normal text messages, deleting a photo from iMessage will only affect what you see on your device. 

Images sent are retained on Apple’s servers and on the recipient’s own device unless they decide to delete it themselves.

Since photos take up a lot more space, there’s a possibility the recipient will eventually delete it. However, you have no control over the picture after you send it unless you have access to the recipient’s phone – or you ask them to delete it.

Does the other person know if you delete an iMessage?

Deleting your iMessage will not send any kind of notification to the recipient. They will not know about it and will still have a copy of your message and the original conversation.

The only way for the other person to find out that you deleted an iMessage is if you tell them or they have access to your synced devices.

How to tell if someone deleted your iMessage?

iMessage will not alert you if someone deleted your iMessage in any way. Thus, the only way of knowing if someone deleted your iMessage is if they tell you directly or if you have access to one of their synced devices or iCloud account.

Can the other person see you’ve deleted the conversation?

The other person will not see that you’ve deleted the conversation. In fact, if they send you a new iMessage within the same conversation, they will still see the past messages you’ve exchanged with them earlier without any changes.

On the other hand, once you delete the conversion on your device, you will get the new message but will not see any past messages in the conversation with the person.

If I delete a chat in iMessage, and the person texts, will I receive their text?

Deleting a chat in iMessage doesn’t stop a person from texting you, so you will still be able to receive their text. The only difference is that you will see it as a new conversation thread, without the history of the past conversation you’ve had.

If you no longer want to receive their messages, the best option is to block the contact, though this will also block them from calling you as well.

How to block someone from texting and calling you

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone
  2. Open the text message from the person you wish to block
  3. Tap the contact at the top of the message, then tap on the small info button
  4. On the Details screen, tap info again
  5. On the bottom of the details screen, tap “Block this Caller”
  6. In the pop-up that appears, tap “Block Contact” again to confirm

If I delete an iMessage without opening it, will the sender see it as delivered or read?

If you don’t open an iMessage and delete it by swiping left and pressing delete on the conversation in the Messages app, the sender will see it as delivered but will never see it as read.

If you don’t want the sender to see you’ve read their text messages without the hassle of deleting the entire conversation without opening the message, here’s what you can do:

  1. Go to your iPhone settings
  2. Click Messages
  3. Turn off the “Send Read Receipts”

This will ensure that the people you message will only get a Delivered notification but never a Read notification.

Can someone add or erase texts on my phone without physical access to my phone?

No one can  add or erase texts on your phone if they do not have access to any of your iCloud synced devices. 

However, even if they don’t have physical access to your iPhone, they can still make changes to your iMessage if they have physical access to another of your devices like a MacBook or iPad which has your iCloud backup turned on.

As long as they do not have any access to your synced devices, adding or erasing texts on your account will not be possible.

Someone has deleted their part of a conversation on my iMessage remotely. How can this be done?

This can only be done if the person has some form of access to your iMessage through a synced device that could be yours or belong to them. 

If the device is synced and has access to your Apple ID and iCloud, a person accessing the device can delete their part of the conversation remotely, possibly without you being aware of it.

To prevent this from happening, make sure no one else has easy access to any of your synced devices or to your account. Make sure you change the passwords to keep other people locked out of your devices, and limit sharing your account with others.

How to remove other people’s access to your device or accounts

  1. Go to Settings > [Your Name]. See if there are any other unfamiliar devices.
    •  If you see one and want it removed, tap on the unfamiliar device and then tap “Remove from account”.
  2. Sign in to appleid.apple.com and review all the personal and security information in your account to check for any information someone else may have added. 
    • Also check you have two-factor authentication turned on, make sure it’s on. 
    • Review the list of trusted devices for any devices you do not recognize and remove accordingly.
  3. There’s no way to know for certain if a person has access using Face ID so it’s best to reset it: 
    • Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. 
    • Enter your passcode, then tap Reset Face ID
    • Follow instructions from there.

What happens when you hide alerts and delete the conversation on iMessage?

When you select “Hide alerts”, you are disabling audible alerts and the notification banner that informs you of new messages. 

You will still get the messages from the person you hide alerts from, but you won’t know about them until you enter the Messages app.

Setting a conversation to hide alerts and then deleting the conversation means you’re deleting your chat history with the contact on your side of the account. However, you will still get messages from this contact.

If you still get messages from the recipient, does it get suppressed as if you never got it?

You can still receive messages from the recipient you selected “Hide alerts” for, with the only indication being a red badge notification on the Messages app. 

Messages from that contact will not be suppressed, and will appear just like any other iMessage that you received, minus the audio alert and notification banner.

If you had previously deleted the conversation with them as well, getting a new iMessage from the contact will start a new thread without the previous conversation history.