Q: Completely deleted text messages showing up in Spotlight on iPhone
"Hey guys, just wondering if anyone else is having this happen. When I use spotlight to search my iPhone, it lists hundreds of previous text messages which I have deleted. Does anybody know how to completely clear Spotlight search history on iPhone?" -- From Apple Forum
Some users have notice that when they delete some messages, the conversation doesn't really get removed from Spotlight search history. Instead, they are marked for deletion and hidden by the operating system so that they seem to be gone, but they are still on your iPhone. Some articles tell you resetting or syncing your iPhone might help clean the Spotlight history. Actually, it doesn't. Here this article will show you how to delete Spotlight search history on iPhone without resetting iPhone.
It is a general way to clean text messages from Spotlight Search by disabling Spotlight Search feature on specific apps on iPhone or iPad manually. It could be a good way to stop showing some apps' notifications from Spotlight Search history. But it will not clean up the history of Spotlight Search before. If you want to permanently delete Spotlight search history from your iPhone, you are advised to apply Method 2 in this article.
Steps to Clean Messages of Spotlight Search History:
Step 1. Unlock your iPhone or iPad and launch Settings app.
Step 2. Then go to "General" and then "Spotlight Search" where you can enable or disable the apps' Spotlight feature, such as "Messages", "Applications", "Contacts", "Music", "Podcasts", "Videos", "Audiobooks", "Notes", "Events" and etc.
Step 3. Uncheck the apps that you don't want to show their Spotlight Search history, like "Messages" and "Events" and so on depending on your needs.
Step 4. Power off your iPhone and wait a minute. Then turn your iPhone back on and off again for 2 or 3 times. Remember to wait for a while before turn on it.
Step 5. After that, you might return to "Settings" > "General" > "Spotlight Search" > "check Messages" and those messages should be deleted. Then you might try to use Spotlight again, and you will not have the problem with messages showing up in the Spotlight Search again.
With the above method, you can manage the Spotlight Search and stop your iPhone showing showing Spotlight search history right now, what if you want to permanently delete the previous Spotlight search history hidden on your iPhone or iPad? Or what should you do if you want to delete more files on your iOS device? Here the all-in-one iOS Data Eraser tool is recommended to you.
The iOS Data Eraser program can help you erase everything you don't want from your iPhone with zero opportunity to restore, including photos, messages, contacts, notes, call history, Safari history, Spotlight history and etc. And it works well with all generations of iOS device, including iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5S/SE, iPad Pro, the new iPad, iPad Air, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPod touch and etc.
Steps to Erase Spotlight History on iPhone:
Step 1. Download and install the iOS Data Eraser on your computer (Mac or Windows PC) and launch it. Then connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable.
Step 2. To erase the Spotlight history, please select the "Erase Private Data" mode after the program detects your iPhone. Then the program will detect your iPhone files.
Step 3. Then please click the "Safari History" or "Spotlight History" tab on the left panel, and check the unwanted items to delete. After selection, please hit "Erase Now" button and then type "delete" on the pop-up window to start erasing Spotlight search history on your iPhone.
Besides, this program also supports "Erase All Data" mode, "Erase Deleted Data" mode and other modes to meet your needs. If needed, please download it on your computer and start to manage your device for free now.