How to Unpin Message Conversations in iOS

Organize your messages by removing old conversations

What to Know

  • Open the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap and hold the icon of the message thread you want to unpin until a menu appears.
  • Tap Unpin.

Apple's iOS, the operating system on the iPhone and iPad, added a pin message feature to the Messages app with iOS 14.

Pinned message conversations, officially known as threads, will remain at the top of the app until they're unpinned. This makes them easy to find but takes up more space in the app.

Here's how to unpin message conversations in iOS to free up space in the app.

How to Unpin Message Conversations in iOS

Follow these steps to unpin a message conversation, also known as a message thread, in iOS. The following steps apply to all iPhones and iPads running iOS 14 or newer.

  1. Open the Messages app.

  2. Pinned message threads appear at the top of the app and are represented by large icons showing the photos or avatars of people in that thread.

    Tap and hold the thread you want to unpin until a new menu appears.

  3. Tap Unpin.

    Messages icon, pinned messages, and Unpin on iOS

When You Unpin a Text Message, Where Does It Go?

Unpinning a thread removes it from the top of the Messages app and places it back in the standard, chronological list of message threads.

Because of this, the thread you unpin will seem to disappear if a new message has not appeared in the thread recently.

Don't worry. The thread still exists and can be found if you scroll further down the list. You can also use the search feature in Messages, located at the top of the Messages app, to find the thread you removed.

When You Pin a Text Message, Where Does It Go?

Pinning a thread in Messages will fix that thread to the top of the Messages app. It will remain there until you unpin the message thread.

Pinned threads do not appear in the chronological list of threads. You can view the message thread by tapping the pinned thread's icon.

How to Unpin Message Conversations in MacOS

You can unpin a message thread in the Messages app for MacOS in much the same way you would on iOS, though the exact steps are a bit different. This feature was added with the release of MacOS Big Sur in November of 2020.

Here's how to unpin a thread in the Messages app on MacOS. The following steps apply to all MacOS device running macOS Big Sur or newer.

  1. Open the Messages app.

    Messages app in MacOS taskbar
  2. Right-click the icon of the message you want to unpin, then select Unpin.

    Unpin in Messages for MacOS

Do Messages You Pin or Unpin Sync Between iOS and MacOS

Apple's iMessage service will sync your text messages between devices attached to your iCloud account. However, it doesn't sync pinned messages between iOS and MacOS. You will need to pin or unpin messages as desired on each device.

  • How do I set up iMessage on iOS?

    To set up iMessage, go to Settings > Messages and make sure the iMessage option is turned on. In a new message, tap Photos, Apple Pay, or Images to send more than just text in your iMessage.

  • How do I send a text message from my Mac to my iPhone?

    Use iMessage to send messages between your iPhone and Mac. Be sure to sign in with the same Apple ID on both devices.

  • How do I transfer messages from one iPhone to another?

    Go to Settings and tap your name > iCloud and move the Messages slider to on/green to back up your messages. On the other phone, log into the same iCloud account and enable Messages to automatically transfer your iPhone texts.

  • How do I delete messages on my iPhone?

    To delete iPhone messages, tap and hold the message, then tap More > trash can > Delete Message, or tap Delete All to delete the whole conversation.

  • How do I write handwritten messages on my iPhone?

    You can use Digital Touch to send handwritten messages in iMessage. You can even use Digital Touch to write on images and videos.

  • Where do my audio messages go on my iPhone?

    To find audio messages on your iPhone, go to the Messages app and open the thread you have with the person who sent the message. Tap their name at the top of the thread, then tap Info (i) to see attachments and messages.

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