How to delete a chat from WhatsApp

By checking the space available on your smartphone, you have noticed that WhatsApp is one of the applications that occupies it the most since, by never deleting your chats , you have accumulated messages and numerous multimedia files. To remedy and recover space, you have thought of eliminating unnecessary chats but, having never done it before, you are not sure how to succeed in your intent.

That’s the way it is, am I right? Then let me give you a hand and explain how to delete a chat from WhatsApp . In the next paragraphs of this guide, in fact, I will show you the detailed procedure to permanently delete both a single conversation and a group chat. In addition, you will also find directions for deleting individual messages and media files, including those that have been sent to you.

If you agree and can’t wait to find out more, let’s not waste any more precious time and see how to proceed. Make yourself comfortable, set aside five minutes of free time and dedicate yourself to reading the next paragraphs. I assure you that, by following the instructions I am about to give you and trying to put them into practice, you will be able to delete all the WhatsApp chats you want. Enjoy the reading!

Index

  • How to permanently delete a chat from WhatsApp
    • Delete Android WhatsApp chats
    • Delete iPhone WhatsApp chat
    • Delete WhatsApp chats from computer
  • How to delete a chat on WhatsApp for both
  • How to delete a group chat on WhatsApp
  • How to delete archived WhatsApp chats
  • How to delete photos from WhatsApp chats

How to permanently delete a chat from WhatsApp

The procedure to delete a chat from WhatsApp is simple and fast: all you have to do is access the conversation you want to delete and press the button to permanently delete it. Since it is not possible to recover a deleted chat, before proceeding I recommend that you make a WhatsApp backup or save the WhatsApp chats on your PC so that you can retrace your steps in case of second thoughts.

You must also know that if you have activated the function to save WhatsApp photos directly in the Gallery , deleting the chats will not free up the space occupied by these contents, which therefore you will have to delete “by hand” from the Gallery of your smartphone: more information here and here .

Delete Android WhatsApp chats

To delete WhatsApp Android chats , start the famous messaging application, access the Chat section , locate the conversation to be deleted and make a long tap on it.

At this point, press the trash can icon that appears at the top and, in the Delete chat with [name] screen , make sure there is a check mark next to the Delete media option in this chat , if you intend to delete the multimedia contents as well (photos, videos and audio files) sent and received. Then press the Delete button and that’s it.

Please note that you can also delete multiple chats at the same time. To do this, long tap on a single conversation , then press on all the chats you want to delete, tap on the trash can icon and select the Delete option .

Keep in mind that deleting a conversation from WhatsApp will not prevent its participants from sending you new messages which, of course, will be displayed on the main screen of the app. If you want to prevent someone from texting you on WhatsApp, you need to block them within the app .

Delete iPhone WhatsApp chat

To delete WhatsApp iPhone chat, all you have to do is locate the conversation you want to delete and select the option to permanently delete it, choosing whether to delete only the messages or even the multimedia files sent and received.

To proceed, then access the Chat section of WhatsApp by pressing on the appropriate item located in the bottom menu, swipe to the left on the conversation of your interest, press on the Other item and select the Delete chat option twice in a row.

Alternatively, make a long tap on the chat to be deleted, select the Delete chat option from the opened menu and, in the new screen displayed, press again on the Delete chat item . Simple, right?

Delete WhatsApp chats from computer

If your intention is to delete WhatsApp chats from your computer , you must know that the procedure is identical both using the service client for Windows and macOS and proceeding from WhatsApp Web , the browser version of the popular instant messaging service.

Either way, find the chat to be deleted in the left sidebar, right-click it (or press the relevant arrow icon facing down ) and select the option Delete chat from the opened menu.

Alternatively, access the chat you want to delete, click on the name of the contact (or the icon of the down arrow located at the top right) and press on the item Delete chat . In any case, on the screen Do you want to delete the chat? , click on the Delete button and that’s it.

Note that a deleted chat will no longer be accessible even from your smartphone. If, on the other hand, you have activated the multi-device function of WhatsApp (I told you about it in this guide of mine ) the chat will only be deleted from your computer.

How to delete a chat on WhatsApp for both

If you are wondering if it is possible to delete a chat on WhatsApp for both of you , I am sorry to tell you that the answer is no. However, you can delete individual messages for all chat users as long as they have been sent less than an hour ago.

To delete messages on WhatsApp for both, start the famous messaging application, press on the conversation of your interest among those visible in the Chat screen and make a long tap on the sent message you want to delete.

Now, if you have an Android device , select all the messages you want to delete, press the trash can icon located in the top menu and select the Delete for all option . If, on the other hand, you have an iPhone , press on the Delete item from the opened menu, put the check mark next to the messages sent to be deleted, tap on the trash can icon at the bottom left and select the Delete for all option .

If you prefer to proceed from a computer , access the chat of your interest, press the down arrow icon relating to the message sent to be deleted and choose the Delete message option from the opened menu. Then click on the Delete button for all and repeat the procedure for all the messages sent that you intend to delete.

Regardless of the device used, all deleted messages for both will be replaced with the message You have deleted this message / This message has been deleted . To know more, you can take a look at my guide on how to delete WhatsApp message .

Finally, I would like to point out that on WhatsApp it is also possible to create ephemeral messages , which are automatically deleted after a few days from their publication in a chat. Read my guide on the subject to find out more.

How to delete a group chat on WhatsApp

How do you say? Would you like to delete a group chat on WhatsApp ? In this case, you should know that you can only permanently delete a group if you are the administrator of the group and only after manually removing all the participants.

To do this, access the group of your interest, tap on its name displayed at the top and, in the new screen displayed, locate the [number] participants section . Now, click on the name of each participant, select the Remove [name] option and tap the OK button (on iPhone, click on the Remove from group and Remove options ), to remove the user in question from the group. Proceed in the same way for all the other participants.

At this point, select the options Leave group and Leave , in order to leave the group and tap the Delete group and Delete buttons , to permanently delete the group in question.

To delete a group chat from a computer , instead, access the group to be deleted and click on its name displayed at the top, to access the Group Info screen . Now, in the [number] participants section , click on the down arrow icon located near the name of each user enrolled in the group and select the Remove option twice in a row.

Finally, select the options Leave group and OK , to exit the group and click on the Delete group and Delete buttons , to delete the WhatsApp group .

If you are not the administrator of the group you intend to delete, you can simply abandon it and then delete the chat in question from the list of visible conversations in the Chat section of WhatsApp. To find out more, I leave you to my guide on how to leave a group on WhatsApp .

How to delete archived WhatsApp chats

Archiving conversations on WhatsApp is an alternative solution to the definitive deletion of the same. In fact, through this option it is possible to “hide” a chat without necessarily deleting it.

If you have also chosen this option but, now, would like to delete archived WhatsApp chats , access the Chat section of the famous messaging application and press on the Archived item , in order to see the chats stored on WhatsApp .

Now, if you have an Android device , make a long tap on the archived chat you want to delete and press the trash can icon located in the top menu. Then choose whether to also delete all the media (photos, videos, files, etc.) sent and received in the chat in question by placing the check mark next to the item Delete media in this chat and tap the Delete button .

If you have an iPhone , on the other hand, click on the Edit option , at the top right, select the Select chat option and put the check mark next to the conversation you want to delete. Then press on the Delete item and select the Delete chat option from the opened menu. Alternatively, you can also make a long tap on the chat of your interest and press the Delete chat option twice in a row.

How do you say? Do you prefer to proceed from a computer ? In this case, both using the WhatsApp client and proceeding from WhatsApp Web, access the Archived section by pressing on the appropriate item visible in the left sidebar, right-click on the conversation of your interest (or press on the relative icon of the arrow pointing towards the bottom ) and press on the item Delete chat twice consecutively (on WhatsApp Web press on the items Delete chat and Continue ). To find out more, I leave you to my guide on how to remove an archived chat on WhatsApp .

How to delete photos from WhatsApp chats

If you just want to delete photos from WhatsApp chats , you should know that it is possible to delete both sent and received images and files.

To delete one or more photos, access the Chat section of WhatsApp and press on the conversation of your interest. Now, tap on the contact name displayed at the top and, in the Contact Info screen , select the Media, links and documents option .

In the new screen that appears, make sure the Media tab is selected and, if you have an Android device , long tap on the photo you want to delete. At this point, select all the images to delete, tap the trash can icon located in the top menu and select the Delete for me option .

Do you have an iPhone ? In this case, on the Media screen , press the Select item , put the check mark next to all the photos you want to delete and tap the trash can icon , at the bottom right. Then press on Delete for me and that’s it.

On the computer , instead, select the Media option and press the ✓ button for the photo to be deleted. Then select any other images you want to delete, click on the trash can icon and press the Delete button for me .

In the same way you can also proceed to delete any documents and links sent and received, by accessing the Documents and Links section . For the detailed procedure, you can read my guide on how to delete photos from WhatsApp .

Finally, I point out that WhatsApp allows you to send photos that are automatically deleted after viewing by the recipient. If you’re interested in this feature, I’ve told you more about it in my guide on how to send self-destructing photos and videos .

by Abdullah Sam
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