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How Do I Clear Recents in Messages for iOS 13?

in ios 12 u would start a message
in to type a then u could select the recent group info button and remove from recents that seams to be hidden in ios 13

ex imessage type in to field a
and recents appear ie ann and jack

how do i clear the group ann and jack
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david hold

Comments: 54 Responses to “How Do I Clear Recents in Messages for iOS 13?”

    3 months ago

    I still see it. I start a new conversation and start typing a name. I see that name appear in a list below. I tap the “i” button next to that name. There is Remove From Recents.

    david hold
    3 months ago

    my experience:
    after the list of recents appear
    next to name is an >
    click that
    if one of my contacts shows list of contact means ie phone number, email
    if not one of my contacts shows list – create, add to,ignore contact

    if the name part of group message ie ann and jack
    shows >
    click that shows individuals with and i click the i shows contact card with at bottom
    send message, share contact, add to favorites

    no red remove from recents appears on any of them

    Niki
    3 months ago

    Still looking for correct way. There is no option anywhere to remove a recent group. I just don’t want to choose the right person in the wrong group and send confidential information inadvertently.

    Cypher
    3 months ago

    Niki, I am also searching for this answer I don’t know why they would take away that option

    Rick
    3 months ago

    Has anyone found a solution to this problem?

    Joel
    2 months ago

    Any solutions? Hard to believe they haven’t fixed this in an update yet.

    caitlin
    2 months ago

    this is making me INSANE

    Rick
    2 months ago

    Just checking back if anyone has found a solution or has spoken to apple support to see if there is a way or if it is a known bug

    Curt
    2 months ago

    IOS 13 did they test anything??? Someone should be fired. Remove recents is an important feature for many of us. I have even tried turning off Siri suggestions and that did not work. Now it even suggests all my contact email addresses and landlines for messages. What a cluster.
    Come on Apple – we need remove recents back now!

    Atty2de
    2 months ago

    I contacted Apple and was told there is no way to do it with 13 BRING BACK THIS FEATURE

    Paul
    2 months ago

    Apple needs to get on this, hopefully more people voice their opinion

    Horace
    2 months ago

    I have been trying to remove recent names in messages and group messages ever since IOS 13 update. I have spent hours searching internet for a fix and nothing. Glad I came upon this site. Now i know it’s an Apple update screw up. Apple could fix this ith a update. They need to get off their buts and fix this ASAP. I just may get rid of my Apple phone. Apple get this fixed.

    Bill
    2 months ago

    Spent 3 hours over several calls to Apple (call centre appears to be in Cork) the third helper said its supposed to work like that as an improvement feature and if not happy to go to the Apple suggestions site !!!

    Gen
    2 months ago

    This is HUGE. I cannot believe IOS 13 doesnt have the remove from recents feature. Mind blowing!

    Michelle
    2 months ago

    I’m having the same issue and Apple was not much help for this issue so technically this is still an issue for me and seems from reading above many other Apple users as well are continuing to experience the same frustration…so annoying!!

    Michelle
    2 months ago

    https://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html

    That is the link to leave feedback for Apple

    Stephanie Miras
    2 months ago

    I spoke with an Apple engineer about this in early Oct. They filed a case and got back to me with an answer of “There’s no solution at this time But it will likely be addressed in a future update. Please submit feedback on Apple support (which I did).” He said that many people have reported this annoying problem.

    Steve Hare
    1 month ago

    How do I remove groups of names in imessage? We used to be able to do this. I’ve got hundreds of these things. It’s become a real problem trying to send messages and having to wade through all these groups. Why would you remove this feature? What problem are you fixing? Please bring this back.

    Joe Hardy
    1 month ago

    How do I remove groups of names in imessage? We used to be able to do this. I’ve got hundreds of these things. It’s become a real problem trying to send messages and having to wade through all these groups. Why would you remove this feature? What problem are you fixing? Please bring this back.

    Matt Lawton
    1 month ago

    I have left feedback with Apple as suggested in the earlier post. I am having groups suggested that even include mobile numbers of Contacts who have long since been deleted! So annoying!

    Sue Eking
    1 month ago

    Did my house keeping on my phone but on Recents it still showed 2 when there was nothing on the screen . Seems a bit daft. Why fix with an update when it previously worked well . As you say hope they fix it with our next update. They seem to do change for change sake.

    suze
    1 month ago

    so weary of trying to fix hope i can roll bk to 12 or just toss this alleged smartphone and get a flip

    suze
    1 month ago

    tks to all who contacted apple dear ears apparently maybe andre ii android would be better?

    Charley
    1 month ago

    After looking for awhile, I finally found this forum. I called Apple about a month ago with this questions and was told there was not way to remove the groups from Recent but it would be fixed in the future. I saw the link in Michelle’s comment above and posted a comment at Apple. Not hopeful but we’ll see.

    Nick F
    1 month ago

    I had removed “recent groups” in the past, though I don’t remember how. After onstall iOS 13.2 today, they are back. This is EXTREMELY frustrating.

    Lucy
    1 month ago

    I was trying to find a work around this issue with no luck. I also contacted apple and they stated this was not an available option at the moment and to leave feedback, which i have. I hope after so many request for this feature, they will give it back to us. My phone feels so messy!

    jane
    1 month ago

    How can I delete the all of names in a group imessage? I used to be able to do this. I don’t always text all of the same names in the group. It’s annoying when trying to send messages and having to wade through all these groups. Please fix this problem!!!!

    Tammy
    1 month ago

    We used to be able to remove groups of names in imessage? I’ve got hundreds of these things. It’s become a real problem trying to send messages and having to wade through all these groups. I still have family members that are deceased on this list!!!! Why would you remove this feature? What problem are you fixing? Please bring this feature back ASAP!. Very frustrating and annoying!

    Lynn Leonti
    1 month ago

    I just sent feedback about the same problem. Thanks for the info and posting the link.

    Adam
    1 month ago

    I just updated my phone to the IOS 13.3 beta update, and this problem still isn’t fixed!!!

    nadia
    1 month ago

    i also sent feedback about this. if i knew this was a feature i wouldn’t have updated my phone. what does apple think “improvements” are? it’s definitely not user-friendly or an “update”. i’m as annoyed as the rest of us.

    S.m. Carter
    1 month ago

    Help! Need way to delete groups of names from previously sent messages This is NOT acceptable Trading Apple iPhone for new android since Apple does not seem to care or fix problem

    G.A.
    4 weeks ago

    Just update to 13.2.2. Same problem, contacted support about this issue.

    Adam
    4 weeks ago

    IOS 13.3 beta version 2 update… still not fixed

    Phil
    3 weeks ago

    I’m having the same problem. The one that is bugging me is “old landlord and wife” so i said forget this and changed my wife’s contact name. Well today, new landlord sends a stupid group message so I have the problem with both contact names.

    I sent feedback through the link provided, this is insane.

    David Toth
    3 weeks ago

    This is driving my wife crazy its almost impossible to find a contact for a new text. It’s getting close to a show stopper for a 15-year Apple user. I liked flip phones anyway. Apple get your act together or you can do it without us.

    Penny
    3 weeks ago

    So glad to find others are annoyed at this feature being removed! My preacher sends group texts and now I have to sift thru 20 other numbers, plus his home phone and church number to find just his cell number. Every temporary group I sent to is now permanently there to get in the way of trying to find the exact person I am trying to contact. Instantly have strongly not liked this change. Hope its true that it will be corrected in a future update.

    Lisa
    3 weeks ago

    This is super frustrating! Contacts I’ve deleted of people I no longer want contact with have reappeared in my iMessage! So when I go to start a new text, their name can pop up and even old groups that I don’t have in my contacts! Like, how??? If you delete a contact from your phone, it should be gone everywhere you’d think. Apple better fix this! I used the link about and sent a complaint…we’ll see I guess.

    Judi
    2 weeks ago

    Just did lasted update 13.2.3 problem still is not fixed. I wish they would fix this problem it is so annoying.

    Jonathan
    2 weeks ago

    I’ve also been trying to “erase group contact history” in iOS 13.2.3. When starting a new text message the iPhone almost always suggests a recent group. This feature is nice if I want to save a group or if I’ve erased a contact and want to re-add it. (because iPhone stores contacts in the message app). However, when I don’t want a particular group, I used to be able to erase it from the group contact history. From what I’ve read this is not possible in iOS 13.2.3. Ugh.

    Jonathan
    2 weeks ago

    I’m not sure if this will help groups, but I had the same problem with individuals. In the end I discovered that the contacts “app” includes all the suggested individuals. I was able to delete the suggested individual via edit

    Mary
    2 weeks ago

    This problem should be fixed. It could inadvertently caused miscommunications. I can’t believe this option was removed.

    Penny
    2 weeks ago

    It doesn’t correct the problem but it is a bandaid solution until Apple comes to grips they really pooched this one. I read somewhere that you can put a period behind the name you type into message to send. This DOES bring up just that person’s contact. You need to check which choice Apple picks for you though and pick the one you want. People who use to use Iphone but changed to Android, their email associated with the Iphone will pop up like you want to imessage them to say the Ipad.

    Michael
    1 week ago

    I just spent 45 minutes on with Apple care tech upper level support. There is no fix for this as of today 11/30/19. Suggested I leave a complaint/suggestion on apple.com website. There needs to be a methode for removing address recents groupings in the messaging app! Please!!

    Josh Costell
    1 week ago

    The inability to delete recent group text names is a sent by mistake confidential information release disaster waiting to happen if you inadvertently select a list of group text contacts that you wanted deleted. Please bring back ability to delete or remove recent group text contacts Thanks!!!

    Andrew C
    1 week ago

    Hello all! Well, it would appear that I have found a fix. Just to ensure it is clear what I have fixed, I had 3 contacts who had been contacted in two separate emails; one with 2/3 contacts and one with 3/3. I couldn’t delete the two groups and there was no remove from recents.

    Tl;dr If you hold down your finger on the end of the group and make a long swipe to the left it will turn red and say “delete group”. Hey presto!

    Atty2de
    1 week ago

    Andrew C, that only works for email, not messages

    KJ
    6 days ago

    Has anyone found a fix for this?? It is infuriating! Apple touts how secure they are and concerned about your privacy. This is a disaster waiting to happen by texting the wrong person. I have a contact that I type and currently at least 15 other groups he’s previously been in pop up along with him.

    Mike
    5 days ago

    Having the same issues as everyone else. This is ridiculous. Apple has been going downhill ever since Steve Jobs died.

    Ruthann Landess Scarlatella
    5 days ago

    Apple please fix this,,,, have 100 group texts that I use to be able to delete,,,

    Adam
    5 days ago

    The newest iOS beta update today 12/5/19 still hasn’t fixed the problem. This is insane!

    Shelley Beagle
    3 days ago

    I am unable to delete group text lists. I am afraid of inadvertently sending a text to wrong person. If I only wanted 2/of the 3 people to get text.

    Patrick M
    10 hours ago

    Apple must want this “error” in place for a reason. There’s no other explanation for why it hasn’t been fixed. Maybe more accidental texts sent = more data used = more money for providers?

    They removed this option intentionally

    Penny B
    4 hours ago

    Guess Apple decided we needed contacts to suggest from OTHER PEOPLE’S Phones, no matter if android or ios because THEY sent a group text to you If just one new contact added to someone else’s group text-then all the old group shows and then their new group bc needed to add one other person. So the person in my personal contact is hidden somewhere amongst the takestenminutestoreadallthenames-before finding your real contact. And yes-those of us might fume about a contact and ophs busted

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