How to Permanently Delete Snapchat Messages on iPhone?

SnapChat, a popular image messaging system adored by thousands of users, serves its users on iPhone, Android and other platforms. One of the principal concepts of Snapchat is that pictures and messages are only available for a short time before they become inaccessible. The messages and images will self-delete after the duration preset by the user. Therefore, it seems that your private Snapchat messages and images are rather safe and no one else can access them as long as they are “expired”.


Well, it is true that Snapchat will automatically delete your messages; however, they can be traced because some of the residual data are not completely erased from your iPhone. They can be recovered by some professional tools. For the sake of privacy security, you’d better wipe them clean. So how to permanently delete Snapchat messages on iPhone? We will discuss this in the following part of this article.


Note: You can delete Snapchat chats on your own iPhone but there is no way to wipe the Snapchat data stored on the recipients’ devices.


How to Delete Snapchat Messages on iPhone Using the App Settings?

The most straightforward way to delete Snapchat messages is use the clear settings of the app itself. And below are the steps on how to delete messages on Snapchat.

Step 1: Tap on the SnapChat icon to start the app.

Step 2: Tap on the gear icon to go into settings.

Step 3: Go down to “Account Actions”.
Step 4: Tap “Clear Conversations”.

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Step 5: When you see your messages, tap the “X” icon in the corner of each message to delete it.

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Step 6: Confirm when asked.

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There is a “Clear All” feature for you to delete all of the messages.


How to Permanently Delete SnapChat Data on iPhone?

Once you are aware that simply deleting Snapchat messages is not secured enough to protect your private Snapchat data. In this case, you might want to delete Snapchat messages permanently. iOS Data Eraser should be the best tool to help you with this. In addition to deleting data completely, this iOS data erasing app offers 5 modes to meet your needs of different level deletion. This software can erase all data, junk files and cache generated by WhatsApp, Kik, WeChat, Snapchat, Line, Viber and so on.

Express Cleanup: If there is not enough storage space on your iPhone, this express cleanup should be a good choice to free up space of your device. It can clean up the junk files, caches, large files and more in one click.

Photo Compress: If you have a lot of photos stored on the iPhone, manual deletion should not be a wise choice. Besides, there is a chance that they can be recovered. But iOS Data Eraser can assure you of 0% recovery of your deleted data.

Erase Deleted Files: The deleted files can be recovered with professional  recovery tools, but this mode can erase the previous deleted files on your iPhone.

Erase Private Data: Your private information should always be taken care of. So it is very necessary to wipe your private data off the phone and make it 100% unrecoverable.

Erase All Data: This mode can erase all of the data on your iPhone, including that from SnapChat data. It works better than a factory reset when you want to delete all of the data permanently.



iOS Data Eraser is very powerful and can wipe your iPhone clean without a chance to recover deleted data. And it is very easy to permanently delete Snapchat messages and data generated by this app.

Step 1: Run iOS Data Eraser

Download and install iOS Data Eraser on your computer, and then run it.

Step 2: Connect iPhone to PC

Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable.

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Step 3: Choose Erasing Mode

Now choose one from the five erasing modes according to your need and click “Scan” to let iOS Data Eraser to scan your device.

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Step 4: Erase Snapchat Data

Once the scanning process completes, it will display all data of your iPhone in the scanning results. Now select the Snapchat messages or other data you want to delete. Click “Erase Now” to delete the Snapchat data permanently.