Ability to autodelete every old text messages on iOS 8 is one of those very interesting feature introduced by Apple.
Does it really work? Sort of.
We had several hundred text messages dating back to 2012, and we wanted to permanently delete it from our iPhone. And when we knew that iOS 8 has an option to erase messages that are older than 30 days, it was a chance to finally try it.
Here’s the problem with the autodeleting feature: It takes a lot of time.
Around 30-50 old text messages were removed after several hours of waiting. We thought it would be instant? Just like on basic handsets where you can “mark” all messages and hit a button to get rid of them.
The major problem, however, is this: All of these messages were deleted randomly on our Apple iPhones.
For example, one message was deleted from 2014 and another from 2012, while the rest of the messages received in between that period of time are still sitting there, untouched and undeleted.
There is no proper order of deleting. Messages disappear whenever they want. How? We don’t know.
We chose “30 days” (instead of “1 year”) in our Keep Messages settings and expected all the group threads, images, videos to get deleted from our iPhone.
It is simply impossible to manually swipe and delete every message, so this is new messaging feature is a welcome change. Should we quit complaining? Probably, but it’d be nice if Apple fixes this problem quickly.