How to Hide Text Messages on Your iPhone


This wikiHow teaches you how to delete text conversations or individual messages on an iPhone. It will also teach you how to prevent incoming text messages from displaying on your iPhone's lock screen and Notification Center.

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Deleting Text Conversations

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It's the green icon with a white speech bubble icon, typically found on the Home Screen.

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This button is in the top-left corner of the screen. If Messages opens to a conversation, tap the "Back" button in the top-left corner of the screen first.

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Doing so will select each conversation you tap. You can tap a message again to de-select it.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Doing so will permanently remove the selected conversations from the Messages app.

Part 2
Deleting Individual Text Messages

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It's the green icon with a white speech bubble icon, typically found on the Home Screen.

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Doing so will open your conversation with that person. If Messages opens to a conversation, tap the "Back" button in the top-left corner of the screen first.

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Doing so will prompt a pop-up menu at the bottom of the screen.

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It's at the bottom of the screen.

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Doing so will select each message you tap. The text you first tapped and held is selected automatically.

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It's in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

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This option will pop up at the bottom of the screen after you tap the trash can. Tapping it permanently removes the selected messages from your conversation. For example, if you selected fifteen messages, this button would say Delete 15 Messages. If you're only deleting one message, this button will say Delete Message.

Part 3
Hiding Text Message Alerts

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It's the grey gear icon, typically found on the Home Screen.

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You'll find this option near the top of the Settings page.

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It's in the "M" section of the Notifications page.

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This option is at the top of the page. Doing so will make the switch turn white, signifying that your iPhone will no longer display notifications of incoming messages. Turning off this option will also prevent your phone from vibrating or ringing for incoming messages.

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Sending an iMessage with Invisible Ink

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It's the green icon with a white speech bubble icon, typically found on the Home Screen.

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Doing so will open your conversation with that person. If you can't find the conversation you need, swipe down on this screen and then type your contact's name into the Search bar at the top of the screen. You can tap the box with a pencil icon in the top-right corner of the screen to create a new message. If you're already in a conversation with someone, tap the "Back" button in the top-left corner of the screen to view the "Messages" page.

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It's at the bottom of the screen. This is where you'll type your message.

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It's in the right corner of the "iMessage" (or "Text Message") field.

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The "Invisible Ink" feature obscures your iMessage text.

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Doing so will send your iMessage with invisible ink, meaning your contact will have to tap or swipe over the message to view what's written.