How to Automatically Delete Old Messages on Galaxy S20

Manually deleting individual messages and group conversations can be exhausting especially if bulk messages are piled up on the messaging app. Thankfully, new messaging apps are already programmed to make this job done in an instant. If you own Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone the Galaxy S20, here’s a quick guide on how to automatically delete old messages. Feel free to refer to this step-by-step tutorial if needed.

Deleting old messages is one of the recommended ways to free up space among mobile devices. Like any other contents, messages also used up storage space and hence among the factors that contribute to insufficient memory. That said, deleting old and unwanted messages from the phone is recommended. And this can be done manually or automatically. In this tutorial, I demonstrate the latter on the new Samsung galaxy s20 handset. Read on for more detailed instructions.

Steps to Automatically Delete Old Messages on your Galaxy S20

Time Needed : 5 minutes

The following steps demonstrate the entire process of configuring the Galaxy S20 Messages settings to make the app delete old messages automatically once the maximum number of SMS or MMS messages is reached. Start whenever you’re ready.

  1. Go to the Home screen then launch the Messages app.

    To access the Home screen, just unlock your phone. At the bottom section of the Home screen are the default app icons or shortcuts. The Messages app is usually lined up among these apps.

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  2. Tap the Quick Menu icon on the upper-right side of the Messages app screen.

    A list of sub-menu items will be displayed on a pop up screen.


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  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.

    Messages settings screen will open next.


    automatically delete old messages galaxy s20 - in-app settings

  4. Tap More settings to continue.

    A new set of options and messages features will populate on the next screen.

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  5. Scroll down to the bottom then tap the option to Delete old messages.

    Just toggle the switch to enable the feature.
    Enabling this feature prompts your device to automatically delete old messages when the maximum number of text messages or multimedia messages is exceeded.

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Tools
  • Android 10, One UI 2.0 and later
Materials
  • Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, Galaxy S20 Ultra

The maximum number of text messages your phone can store is 1000 and 100 of multimedia (MMS) messages.

An indication that you’ve reached the maximum number of messages is a warning prompt or error message saying that it’s unable to send/receive new messages as the inbox gets full or something similar.


Automatic deletion of old messages is deemed essential for storage management as it makes room for each new message you receive. It will also help you save time and effort in manually deleting individual messages and conversation whenever the need to free up space arises.

Third-party messaging apps are also programmed to delete old messages automatically when the message limit is reached. The actual procedure and menu options however, may vary depending on the application in use. The menu options depicted in the outlined steps above are only applicable to the stock messaging app (Messages) on the galaxy s20.

You can also resort to using alternative tools in the form of third-party apps that are designed to erase unnecessary data including old messages from your phone. 

And that covers everything in this tutorial. Please keep posted for more comprehensive tutorials, tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your new Samsung galaxy s20 smartphone. 

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