How to Delete All Saved Messages on Snapchat at Once
While Snapchat’s original purpose was to allow users to send pictures, videos, and messages that disappear after being seen, the platform has evolved to allow people to save messages.
Of course, many users aren’t too fond of this feature and are interested in learning how to delete all of their saved messages on Snapchat.
Unfortunately, you cannot delete all your saved messages at once on Snapchat. There is no setting, extension, or third-party app to help you do this.
However, you can delete your saved messages manually. Let’s take a look at how you can delete all of your saved messages on Snapchat.
How to Delete a Saved Message in Snapchat
- How to Delete a Saved Message in Snapchat
- How to Delete a Conversation in Snapchat
- Deleting Local Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- The Final Word
While it may not be possible to delete all of your messages at once, it is possible to delete individual messages.
When you want to save a certain message in a conversation, all you have to do is press and hold on the message box. A popup window will appear, giving you some options – select “Save in Chat.” The background of the saved message will turn grey.
Unsaving a message is equally simple. Just press and hold it again. The background will go back to normal, and when you reopen Snapchat the message will have auto-deleted as usual.
However, sometimes you’ll do this, but when you return to Snapchat, the message is still there — why is that?
There are two parties to every conversation, and if the other person has saved the message, then it will not disappear from your chat until they un-save it too.
So, if you unsaved the message yet it’s still there, chances are the other party saved it. The only way to get rid of it permanently would be to ask the other person to delete the message as well.
How to Delete a Conversation in Snapchat
If you are less concerned with deleting the message from history and more concerned with uncluttering your feed, there is a relatively simple option that will actually let you greatly pare down your feed very quickly, and that is to delete entire conversations.
Note that deleting a conversation does NOT erase any saved messages – it only removes the conversation from your display. If you and the same person exchange more chat messages or snaps, then any saved messages will once again show up.
Still, this is a good way to clean up your Snapchat if you’ve had a lot of conversations that you’d rather not have show up in your feed.
Deleting conversations is pretty simple.
Open up the Settings menu and follow these steps:
- Scroll down to the Privacy section and tap on Clear Conversation.
- A list of all your conversations will appear; tap on the X next to the conversation you want to erase.
- Confirm your selection by tapping Clear.
To see whether the conversation is gone, restart Snapchat and go to your inbox. There should be no sign of the thread anywhere. Of course, this only removes the conversation from your device, so the other person will still have it.
Deleting Local Information
There are a few third-party apps that let you clear out your Snapchat conversations, but iMyFone Umate Pro seems to be the most popular one. The software is capable enough to make sure all your conversations are gone for good.
It can also remove any other data that you don’t want to see anymore, not just on Snapchat but pretty much any other apps as well.
Here’s how to use the program to delete your entire Snapchat history from your iPhone.
- Install and run iMyFone Umate Pro on your PC or Mac.
- Connect your iOS device to the computer.
- Open the Erase Private Fragments window, then select the Snapchat icon.
- Click Erase Now.
This will remove all private data on Snapchat, including all your saved messages. If you want to do this for other apps as well, the fastest way would be the Erase All Data option. This will wipe all private data from your iPhone, so make sure to back up whatever you need first.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I delete a conversation, will the other user still be able to see it?
Yes, if you clear a conversation rather than waiting for the message to expire it will still exist on the other users’ end for the allotted time period. The only exception to this is if you delete the message before the recipient opens it.
Snapchat allows users to recall messages upon sending. All you need to do is long-press the message in question and tap ‘Delete.’ A warning message will appear stating that the user will be able to see that you’ve deleted something. Depending on how badly you’d like to delete the message, click to confirm and the message will disappear on both ends.
Do my chats disappear after 24 hours?
The time it takes for your chat to disappear depends on your settings. If you long-press on the chat you will see an option for ‘Delete after viewing’ and ‘Delete in 24 hours.’
Can I delete my account to get rid of saved messages?
Of course, permanently deleting your account will remove your messages. But, it will not remove the message for other users. Although your profile will no longer remain, the app will still display what you’ve sent.
The only way to take messages with you is by deleting them first using one of the methods we’ve described above.
How do I know if someone else saved my messages?
Snapchat messages generally disappear within a certain timeframe (either upon reading, or within 24 hours depending on users’ settings), so if your messages are still there after this time, they’ve been saved.
Messages that are saved also have a gray background rather than a plain white background. So, if you delete the messages but they had a gray background it’s highly likely that your Snapchat friend still has a copy of them.
The Final Word
The lack of bulk deletion options in Snapchat is probably just a side effect of the app’s original purpose. There was a time when needing to delete your saved messages was ridiculous because there were no saved messages. That was the whole point of the app in the first place.
So, while it is frustrating for users, Snapchat’s lack of deletion options is probably not going to change any time soon. If you discover an easy way of getting rid of all your messages in Snapchat at once, feel free to share it in the comments section below.
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