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How to Permanently Delete Text Messages on Android Phone

Q: "Hello! I met a problem recently and it will be appreciated if any of you can help me solve the problem - how to permanently delete text messages on Android? I am going to resell my old Samsung phone which I have used for 3 years because I want to buy a new phone. And I heard that the files like contacts, messages, photos, etc can be recovered even after they were deleted. I am afraid that the information contained in my text messages may be leaked out, which will result in great trouble because the I even discussed the password of many accounts like credit card and debit card with my wife via the messages. Hence could you guys please help me and give me some advices? Thanks in advance!"

Before you plan to give away your old Android phone for a new one, one thing you should pay attention is the important and private data you have stored on your old phone, such as the text messages you sent and received via this device. To avoid the SMS on your old Android phone from being leaked and reveal your personal information, you need to delete them from your Android phone beforehand. No matter you want to remove them from Android permanently or not, you can find what you want in this article.

Part 1: Delete Text Messages on Android Phone Manually

* Delete an individual message

Step 1. Tap the Messaging app on your Android phone to enter the message screen.

Step 2. Tap the thread containing the message you want to delete.

Step 3. Tap and hold the message until there is a menu appearing.

Step 4. Tap the option of "Delete message" to remove this message from your Android phone.

* Delete text messages in bulk

Step 1. Tap the Messaging app on your Android phone to enter the message screen.

Step 2. Tap the thread you want to delete and click the menu icon, which sometimes shows like a hardware menu button.

Step 3. Tap the option of "Delete messages" and then click "Delete by selection" in the next menu.

Step 4. Tap the messages you want to remove and there will be a mark appears in the check box, which means these messages have been selected.

Step 5. Tap "Delete" button to remove these selected messages at once.

* Delete entire threads

Step 1. Tap the Messaging app on your Android phone to enter the message screen.

Step 2. Go to the upper right corner to tap the menu icon, which sometimes shows like a hardware menu button.

Step 3. Tap the option of "Delete threads" in the pop-up menu.

delete threads from android

Step 4. Tap to choose the threads you want to delete and there will be a mark appears in the check box.

Step 5. Now, you can tap the button of "Delete" to erase the selected threads from your phone.

As we know there is no information in the information era with powerful internet and advanced high-tech can be really deleted and never be fond back. For example, the deleted or lost messages on your Android phone can be recovered by the powerful third party tools, such as MobiKin Doctor for Android. The advantage is that all the information about your past will be recorded somehow and you are able to find them back with some methods. But the disadvantage is that your information may be leaked out. Just like the person who asked questions, the information in the old phone are not safe and once all the deleted or formatted data be retrieved and all your secrets and privacy will be exposed to the strangers. So here we recommend you a professional erasing software - Android Data Eraser to delete text messages from Android permanently.

See Also:
How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on Android
Things You Have to Do before Selling Your Phone

Part 2: Delete Text Messages from Android with Android Eraser

Android Data Eraser can delete all the files like contacts, messages, photos, videos and so on in the Android phone permanently and the deleted files will disappear from the world for ever. The program will detect and scan all the files on your Android phone automatically and deeply. With a high compatibility, the software can help you erase the files in all brands of Android phones including Samsung, Motorola, HTC, ZTE, Sony and so on. Besides, the program is totally clean and there is not any malware like adware or spyware in it.

There are two versions available, and one is Windows Version and the other one is Mac Version. You can download the Free Trial Version by clicking the icons below and follow the steps to have a try.

Steps to Delete Text Messages from Android Phone?

Step 1. Install the software on your computer and start it. Then connect the Android phone to computer with its USB cable and make the connected phone recognized. Then you will see an interface like this.

connect android device to pc

Step 2. Click on "Erase" on the main interface and then tap "Medium" to select a security level as you like.

erase text messages on android

Note: Currently, the software only supports the Erase All Data mode for Android device, so you are suggested to make a backup of your important files before the process. And the software might be improved soon.

Step 3. Type the word of "delete" on the box to confirm your action and click the "Erase" button to delete them all.

Delete Text Messages from Android

Download the Free Trial Version and let's have a try!

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