How to Delete Messages on Apple Watch

It's not efficient, but you can do it

What Apple Watch users may end up doing most with their smartwatch is receiving text messages with the option to reply right from their wrists. Along with creating texts comes the option to delete messages, but it's not very convenient (or even super useful). Here's how to delete messages on Apple Watch.

These instructions apply to all versions of the Apple Watch and watchOS.

Why Delete Messages From the Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch comes with between 8 GB and 32 GB of storage, depending on the model. You aren't likely to fill all of that up with texts alone, but Messages are one place you can clear some space if the need arises. Considering the somewhat tedious process for deleting texts, this procedure shouldn't be the first thing you try if you find yourself running out of room, anyway.

How to Delete Messages on Apple Watch

It would make more sense and take less time to delete all messages from the Apple Watch at once. Unfortunately, a clean sweep of Messages isn't an option. You can, however, delete conversations one at a time. Here's how.

  1. Press the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch to access the app screen.

  2. Tap Messages to open it.

  3. Scroll down to the conversation you want to delete.

  4. Swipe left on the conversation to reveal two options.

  5. Tap the Trashcan icon on the right to delete the thread.

    How to delete messages on Apple Watch
  6. Repeat these steps for all of the conversations you want to delete from your Apple Watch.

Shortcomings of Deleting Messages from Apple Watch

The slow process of clearing texts from your wrist isn't the only downfall here. Another disappointing element is that while many apps sync between the Apple Watch and the iPhone, Messages isn't one of them. Conversations you delete from the Watch will still be on your iPhone, and threads you clear on your phone will remain on your Watch.

What this means is that outside of some organization and freeing up some space from storage, deleting messages from the Apple Watch has few practical benefits. You're best off clearing room by cleaning up your Music app, which can be more of a space hog than Messages.

Apple may still introduce a way to delete all messages on an Apple Watch, but until then, this is all smartwatch owners have.