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Wednesday, August 31st, 2022 2:21 PM

Delete iMessage from phone log

Is there a way to permanently delete iMessages from my account? Not just my phone 

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sandblaster

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5 months ago

iMessages are not on your ATT account text log. The text log is not editable but in the case of iMessages, there is nothing to delete. Any message on your text log was either an SMS or MMS message, not an iMessage. Regardless, you can’t delete anything from the text log.

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5 months ago

If I take my phone to att, can deleted iMessages be retrieved? Will att be able to show who I have sent messages to?

OttoPylot

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5 months ago

@Mykids7  AT&T has nothing to do with iMessage. Those go thru Apple's servers. If iMessage is backed-up automatically on the phone owner's iCloud account, they may be retrievable from the backup. However, if iMessage is not configured to backup to iCloud, once they are deleted from the the phone, they are gone. As far as gaining access to the phone owner's (holder's) iCloud account, you would need their login creds because Apple won't allow you access if it's not your account.

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If I take my phone to att, can they show who I have sent iMessages to?

Constructive

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5 months ago

for gosh sakes you were already told no 3 times 

OttoPylot

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5 months ago

@Mykids7  What don't you understand? iMessage is Apple, not AT&T. iMessages are stored on Apple servers if you configured your phone to do that. If not, they are gone forever once they are deleted.

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Thanks for the smart remarks, real helpful. Sad that people have be (Edited per community guidelines) to get their point across. I am new to iPhone use and just had a simple question. 

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Constructive

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yes but you asked 3 times and were answered 4 or 5 times, when we give an answer and you respond with the same question it gets annoying

OttoPylot

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5 months ago

@Mykids7  Didn't mean to sound rude but as mentioned, we told you a few times the same information but you came back with the same question.

AT&T has absolutely nothing to do with iMessage messages because they go thru the Apple servers, not AT&T. And the only way you can see the iMessage is if you have them backed up to the phone owner's iCloud account. And now that I think about it, if you delete the iMessages from your phone, the next time it automatically backs up to iCloud, the deleted message will be deleted from the backup archive as well unless you've moved them to another archive media like a flash drive or removable HD.

Deleted iMessages can be retrieved from Apple phones but it is not easy and you would need a court order to have it done, which is almost impossible to get in most cases.

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sandblaster

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5 months ago

1) Is there a way to permanently delete iMessages from my account?

2) If I take my phone to att, can deleted iMessages be retrieved?

3) Will att be able to show who I have sent messages to?

4) If I take my phone to att, can they show who I have sent iMessages to?

@Constructive @OttoPylot I count 4 questions and they look like slightly different questions to me. The only question repeated was #3. My original answer addressed #1, @OttoPylot‘s response addressed #2 but not #3 which resulted in the OP repeating that question. At least, that’s the way I read them.

@Mykids7 Just to be clear, ATT can’t retrieve iMessages or tell you who any were sent to. Apple can’t either. If you can’t get them from a backup, they are gone.

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