How to Delete Sent Text Messages on Android

Step-by-step guide on how to delete sent text messages on Android phones and prevent them from being seen. Includes options like deleting single texts or entire threads.

Why Delete Sent Messages

There are many reasons why you may want to delete text messages you’ve sent from an Android device. For example:

  • Privacy – Remove embarrassing or sensitive info you shared
  • Free up space – Large text threads take up storage
  • Hide evidence – Delete texts you don’t want seen

Delete Single Sent Texts

If you just need to remove one particular sent text:

  1. Open your messaging app on Android (such as Messages)
  2. Find the conversation with the text you want to delete
  3. Long press on the text bubble you want to delete
  4. Tap ‘Delete message’ to remove it

This will instantly delete that single sent text from the thread.

Delete Entire Sent Threads

To delete a whole conversation thread you’ve sent:

  1. Open your messaging app and find the thread
  2. Tap and hold the thread to select it
  3. Tap the trash can icon to delete the thread
  4. Confirm deletion when prompted

This will permanently erase the entire sent conversation from your messaging history.

More Ways to Delete Sent Messages

A few other options for deleting sent texts include:

  • Use a text cleaning app to bulk delete messages
  • Clear app cache/data to wipe texts (erases all messages)
  • Perform a factory reset to delete everything

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I recover deleted messages?

Maybe, if you have a backup or use an app like Android Messages which stores texts in the cloud. Otherwise, deleted texts are likely gone forever.

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