How to View iMessage and Text Message Storage Usage on an iPhone 7

It’s not uncommon for people to interact through text messages instead of phone calls. In fact, if you have had your iPhone for a while and you text regularly, you might be able to scroll through your conversations and see dozens, maybe even hundreds of conversations.

You may not think that those text messages take up a lot of space, since they are primarily text, but picture and video messaging has become so common that we often forget that we have them. Over time these messages can really accumulate, and they might be using a lot of the storage space on your device. Our guide below will show you how you can check just how much space on your iPhone is being used by the Messages app.


View Messages Storage Usage on an iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. Note that the information that you will be finding is the total amount of storage space being used by the Messages app on your device. This includes all of your text message conversations, including any picture or video messages contained within those messages.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and choose the General option.

open the general menu



Step 3: Select the Storage & iCloud Usage option.

open the storage and icloud usage menu



Step 4: Touch the Manage Storage option under the Storage section of this menu.

select the manage storage option



Step 5: Locate the Messages option. The number to the right of that is the amount of space being used by the app.

how to check storage usage by messages on iphone



If your iPhone is close to being at its full storage usage capacity then you might be looking for things that you can delete to get back some of that space. This article offers some tips and tricks that can help you free up and manage storage on your iPhone so that you can install new apps, music and movies.