How To Delete Messages On Apple Watch (2023)

by | Feb 21, 2023

If you’re an Apple Watch user, you might be wondering how to delete messages from your device. The Apple Watch’s messaging feature provides a convenient way to keep track of your conversations, but it’s also important to know how to delete messages from Apple Watch when you need to.

Whether you want to clear up space on your device or simply maintain your privacy, deleting messages from your Apple Watch is a straightforward process that can be done in just a few simple steps.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of how to delete messages from your Apple Watch, as well as provide some useful tips to make the process more efficient and effective.

How To Delete Messages From Apple Watch?

The process of removing messages from an Apple Watch is very simple. All you need to do is:

  1. Open the Messages on your Apple Watch
  2. Swipe left on the conversation you want to delete
  3. Select delete

Can You Delete Single Messages In a Conversation on Apple Watch

No, you cannot delete single messages within a conversation on an Apple Watch.

This is a new feature that’s only available on iPhones, and even then, you only have a brief window in which you can delete a single message once it’s sent.

Can You Delete Apple Watch Messages From iPhone

Yes, when an Apple Watch is paired to an iPhone and you delete a conversation on that iPhone, it will also delete the conversation on your paired Apple Watch.

The process of deleting watch messages on your iPhone is identical to that of deleting messages directly on your watch.

Follow these steps to delete your watch messages from your paired iPhone:

  1. Open the Messages app on the paired iPhone
  2. Swipe left on the conversation you want to delete
  3. Select Delete

The conversation you deleted should now be removed from both your iPhone and the paired Apple Watch.

Does Deleting Messages From Apple Watch Delete on iPhone? 

No, removing messages from an Apple Watch does not remove those same messages on the paired iPhone.

This only works in the reverse order as mentioned above. You can delete Apple Watch messages from an iPhone, but you cannot delete iPhone messages from an Apple Watch.

Why Won’t My Messages Delete on Apple Watch

If your message won’t delete from your Apple Watch, it is likely due to a software glitch or a problem with pairing between the devices.

In this situation, simply reset your Apple Watch, then try to delete the message again once it reboots. If that doesn’t work then unpair and re-pair the watch to your iPhone.

For a guide on resetting, unpairing and re-pairing an Apple Watch, click here.

Why Are Messages I Delete from My iPhone Still on My Apple Watch

The messages you delete from your iPhone should not still be on your Apple Watch if everything is working properly. The reason for this is either because of a software glitch, or the Apple Watch is no longer paired to the iPhone.

Luckily it is a simple fix. All you need to do is unpair your Apple Watch then pair it again.

You can also try restarting your Apple Watch.

It is important to note that this feature does not always work, even after completing the steps above.

For reasons unknown, messages don’t always delete from the watch when you delete them from your phone. But, most of the time they do. This seems to be dependent on the individual watch.

Contact Customer Support

If none of these tricks worked, there is a chance your watch has hardware issues. If this is the case, contact Apple Support.

Key Takeaways

There are numerous way to delete messages from your Apple Watch. These include doing so directly from your Watch, and also doing so from the iPhone that the watch is paired to.

A common difficulty you may experience is the message not deleting. To solve this you just need to reboot or unpair and pair the Apple Watch again.

Ken Lynch

by Ken Lynch

Ken is a Healthcare Data Analyst, owner, sole contributor to The Wearable Guy, and overall tech nerd.

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