Clean up conversations in Android Messages

You can move old or unwanted conversations into your archives, mark all messages as read, or delete them from Android Messages.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 6.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.
  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Touch and hold each conversation that you want to archive or delete.
    • Archive: To put the selected conversations into your archives, tap Archive Archive. Archived conversations disappear from the Home screen, but you can still read them.
    • Mark all as read: Tap More More and then Mark all as read.
    • Delete: To delete the selected conversations from Android Messages, tap Delete Delete. Deleted conversations are removed from Android Messages, but not from any other messaging apps on your device.

Manage conversations

Manage messages in a conversation
  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Touch and hold a message within a conversation. 
  3. Choose an option:
    • Share on social media: Tap Share Share.
    • See more details: Tap Information Information.
    • Copy the message text: Tap Copy Copy.
    • Forward a message to another person: Tap Forward Forward.
    • Delete a message: Tap Delete Delete.
    • Save an attachment, like a photo or sticker: Tap Save Save.
Put conversations back on the Home screen

You can move archived conversations back to your Home screen.

  1. Open the Android Messages app Android Messages.
  2. Tap More More and then Archived.
  3. Touch and hold each conversation that you want to restore.
  4. Tap Unarchive Unarchive.

Note: If you send a message to an archived conversation, the conversation automatically returns to your Home screen.