Cleaning up messages in the Messages app on an Apple device typically involves deleting old messages and media attachments. Keep in mind that newer updates may introduce changes or new features, so it’s always a good idea to check for any updates to your device’s operating system.

Here’s a general guide on how to clean up Apple Messages:

Delete Individual Messages:

  1. Open Messages App:
    • Open the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Navigate to a Conversation:
    • Tap on the conversation that contains the messages you want to delete.
  3. Delete a Message:
    • Press and hold on the message you want to delete.
    • Select “More” if you want to delete multiple messages.
    • Tap the trash bin icon to delete the selected message(s).

Delete Entire Conversations:

  1. Open Messages App:
    • Go to the Messages app.
  2. Edit Mode:
    • Tap “Edit” in the upper-left corner.
  3. Select Conversations:
    • Tap the circle next to the conversations you want to delete.
  4. Delete Conversations:
    • Once selected, tap the trash bin icon to delete the chosen conversations.

Manage Media Attachments:

  1. Open Conversation:
    • Open a conversation in the Messages app.
  2. View Attachments:
    • Tap on the “i” icon at the top right to view details.
  3. Manage Attachments:
    • In the details view, you can see all the attachments. You can delete individual attachments or use the “Delete All” option.

Adjust Message Settings:

  1. Settings App:
    • Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Messages Settings:
    • Scroll down and select “Messages.”
  3. Message History:
    • Under the “Message History” section, adjust settings like “Keep Messages” to a shorter duration to automatically delete older messages.

Delete Old Conversations:

  1. Settings App:
    • Open the Settings app.
  2. Messages Settings:
    • Go to “Messages.”
  3. Keep Messages:
    • Adjust the “Keep Messages” setting to a shorter duration.

Backup and Restore:

Before deleting messages, ensure that you have a backup if you want to keep a record. You can use iCloud or iTunes to back up your device.

Please note that the steps might vary slightly depending on your device’s iOS or iPadOS version. Always check for the most recent information and updates specific to your device.

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