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Delete or forward individual texts in iOS 7's Messages app iOS devices
In iOS 6, you could tap the Edit button in Messages to delete or forward one or more messages from a text/iMessage conversation. There's no Edit button in iOS 7's version of Messages.

Here's the work around: Tap and hold on any speech bubble in your conversation. A popover menu appears. Tap on the More button, and now you're in editing mode. You can check as many messages as you'd like with the round checkboxes (checkcircles?) that appear, and then tap either the trash can icon at the bottom left, or the forward button at the bottom right.

There's also a Delete All button at the upper left to wipe out the entire conversation history from this editing mode.
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Delete or forward individual texts in iOS 7's Messages app
Authored by: matverna on Sep 20, '13 07:08:42AM

Yup - I just discovered this myself last night. Perfect example of a step in the wrong direction - design making things more difficult than they need to be or once were. Not intuitive. Sad...



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Delete or forward individual texts in iOS 7's Messages app
Authored by: aMacUzur on Sep 20, '13 10:19:05AM

I have to agree ... more obscurity, no longer as intuitive.

Looks like the idea behind the (quite cheap looking) IOS 7 UI is that we no longer need or will benefit from real-world analogies (e.g., push buttons, slide switches, etc.) to make things obvious. I think they're dead wrong and that the original UI research published by the early Mac people the 1980's would seem to argue strongly against "flattening" and "minimizing" the UI elements as well as the various loss of "clear/consistent/repeatable target" instances and loss of "element differentiators."

For example, overall the style seems to indicate that any text that is a light blue is a "button"/link ... oh, but that's not so on the "Enter Passcode" screen where the Emergency and Cancel text looks like any ol' text ... and the "Enter Passcode" box looks like a button. And, why the double-feedback when entering the passcode -- if you want to know that you pressed a button, there's the keyclick option? Showing how many characters have been entered for the passcode only seems to serve the same function and actually reduces security since someone looking over your shoulder now can more easily see how many characters you've used for your passcode (some of us don't just use the 4-character one).

I already find that it takes longer to do various things with IOS 7 than with IOS 6 or 5 (iPhone 4s).

Of course, there are a few nice feature adds ... but I think the overall UI style kind o' sucks and drastically cheapens the look. In addition there are places where it increases obscurity and reduces intuitiveness.

I'm guessing we'll see the same kind of carnage with OS X 10.9 <sigh>.



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Delete or forward individual texts in iOS 7's Messages app
Authored by: ila225 on Sep 20, '13 08:31:18AM

Double tap on a message also works.



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Delete or forward individual texts in iOS 7's Messages app
Authored by: brucio on Sep 20, '13 07:12:15PM

biteSMS is the main reason to jailbreak your iPhone. Just sayin'...



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Mark as unread?
Authored by: magnamous on Sep 22, '13 06:36:37PM

Is there any way to re-mark an iMessage or SMS as unread?

I hate that iOS automatically takes you to iMessage conversations that have unread messages and marks them as read. What if I don't want to deal with it right now? What if I see it and want to notice it again later?



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Delete or forward individual texts in iOS 7's Messages app
Authored by: Feedthegoat on Oct 15, '13 10:43:02PM

I find the removal of the edit function really maddening. Can Apple tell us why they did it? I send long text messages and once you fill the screen (which is about a third of the screen when you take into account the keyboard et al) you cannot scroll to the message you are replying to. This just makes things harder to do. It's one thing to never have it but to have it and then have it taken away and for there to be no logical reason for it.....why? Why? Why? If I could go back to iOS6 I would.



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