This is a discussion on How to delete history that appears in spotlight search (specifically iMessages) within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by JT2002TJ All you have to do is sync with iTunes and then those imessages will not show anymore. The other thing is ...
As for turning the SPOTLIGHT off, that works until it's turned on. Not a really secure or good way to remove private info. I am upset that I wasn't made aware of this and now info related to banking and personal info sent via iMessage can be seen. While you can't see the entire message, if you are sending info to someone (spouse for example) and it is an account number or something the SPOTLIGHT shows enough info to breach any security I thought I might have.
If anyone has a way or if one becomes available please post it here. Thanks!
Last edited by arptn; 03-10-2013 at 10:55 AM.
It still seems like unusual behavior.
As an experiment I turned off all my Spotlight searches except Messages, to make it easier to see what was going on. Then I searched until I found some messages turing up in conversations that I did not mind deleting. I went to Messages and deleted that conversation.
I still got the same results in Spotlight, so I decided to restart the iPad, to see if it would clear any buffers or caches.
After the restart, all the results for the deleted conversations were gone.
I do not know where you got the information about having to get a new Apple ID from, but I find it very hard to believe that it is true. Even if Apple were for some reason keeping a perpetual list of every message you ever sent (and I highly doubt this), once those messages are off the iPad it should not be possible to search for them. That means that at the very worst you would have to do a clean restore on the iPad (not from a backup). The conversations will not be restored to your iPad when signing back into your Apple ID. At least not the ones that were deleted.
1. Download iPhoneBrowser (Windows)
2. Connect iDevice via USB
3. Start iPhoneBrowser & Delete all files in following 2 folders:
4. Restart ur iDevice
- This can also be done directly on your iDevice with iFile (if you're jailbroken).
Hi - I have this same problem. I have two iPads and an iPhone. One of the iPads is for work and the other home. Sync's do not do it and I don't really want to restore and lose data. I am wondering if the problem is that I delete the old messages from one device but because they are still lurking in the cache on another device they keep coming back? Or maybe its because I'm not deleting them on the device I created them on in the first place. Whatever it is- its a problem for me as the work device could go back at anytime. :-/