How to Delete All Your Messages in WeChat
Whether you’re so active on WeChat that you’re running out of manageable space, you’re leaving the app for a while, or you no longer want to see conversations you have had, you can delete all your messages in WeChat. The reasons why you might want to do this are many, but the methods you use to do it remain the same. This article is not about deleting all WeChat messages using one action; it’s about deleting all messages by individually selecting them in one transaction or erasing them one by one.
WeChat is a Chinese chat app with over a billion users a month. It works similarly to WhatsApp and looks very similar too. Chats are encrypted and do not get retained by the company, and the servers will not record your conversations or content. Despite being Chinese, WeChat is TRUSTe certified and holds international server security compliance standard ISO 270001–2013.
If you wanted to delete all your messages in WeChat because you were worried about security, it might not be necessary. Despite our government’s suspicion about everything from China, the situation isn’t all bad, and this app seems to be better than many in terms of privacy and security. You should never take anything for granted, as you will see, and you still need to watch what you post.
Deleting WeChat Messages and Chats
Chat data doesn’t take up much storage on the phone, but it can make the interface very cluttered. If you want to perform housekeeping, delete evidence, remove annoying chats, or something completely different, it is very straightforward.
Just remember, as WeChat allegedly does not retain chat logs, once you delete a chat, files, pics, or whatever, they are gone forever!
While you can use WeChat on a PC, all the heavy lifting gets done on the app. The Android version and iOS version work slightly differently, so both are covered. You can also delete individual chats or your entire chat history.
How to Delete All WeChat Messages on iPhone
To delete individual chats on WeChat in iOS, do this:
- Launch the app and go to the “Chats” page.
- Select the contact with whom you chatted.
- Press and hold the chat(s) until a “Delete” or “Trash” button appears.
- Select “OK” to delete.
You can also select individual messages, press and hold, select “More,” and then choose “Delete.” Both achieve the same goal. The message will be deleted and will not be able to be retrieved.
How to Delete All Chat History on WeChat for iPhone
If you want a clean slate or just want a clear out all the rubbish, you can delete your chats from the app.
- Open WeChat and select “Me.”
- Select “Settings” and “General.”
- Choose “Storage” and clear the WeChat cache.
- Select “Clear Chat History” from the “General” page.
Clearing the WeChat cache should be done because your phone caches data from the app as you use it. Theoretically, chats and media get stored in cache for later use. If you’re selling your phone or giving it to someone else, this completely wipes WeChat data from your phone.
Delete WeChat Messages on Android
The process of deleting data from WeChat in Android is similar to iPhone, yet it is not the same. That’s why the methods discussed were split between phones. Here’s how to delete all messages in WeChat individually using Android:
- Launch WeChat and go to the “Chats” page.
- Press and hold a chat session until the action prompt appears.
- Select the “trash” icon to delete.
You can also select multiple messages by long-pressing a message, choosing “Select” for all messages you want to delete, and then selecting the “trash” icon.
Delete Your Chat History on WeChat for Android
You can also delete your entire WeChat history within Android, and the process is also similar to iPhone.
- Open WeChat and select “Me.”
- Choose “Settings,” then select “General.”
- Tap “Clear Chat History.”
As an alternative method, youComments management can clear the WeChat cache from the “Apps” section of your phone OS, especially if you’re selling or giving away your phone.
As long as you have not set your iPhone or Android phone to back up WeChat as part of your regular phone backup routine, all your messages or specific messages will become gone forever.
Is WeChat Secure?
Despite having both TRUSTe certification and ISO 270001–2013, there is some evidence that the Chinese government accesses WeChat. A news piece by the South China Post says the Chinese government accesses old chats from the app even though the company says it doesn’t keep them.
That piece is from April 2018 and may no longer apply, but it is always essential to know the potential for data loss in the apps you use. This scenario is likely no different than other social media apps, but if you know the facts, you can make an informed decision about whether to use WeChat or not.