How to Delete Recent Contacts Showing Up in Your Text History
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How to Delete Recent Contacts Showing Up in Your Text History

I've deleted my ex's contact but when I go to create a new text message her number drops down as "recent - other"! Basically it's when you go to type in a number when you create a new text message... A list of recently texted numbers shows up and I've no idea how to delete them.   --- Oliver789


This is a common problem, and every iPhone user may encounter this problem. If you go to write a message, there may be one or a few recent contacts showing up in your text history. Actually, it's a convenient way for users to find somebody's phone number that you always contact with. When the number is not so important, or becomes useless, this function may bring a trouble to you. Don't worry. This guide will present you two ways to get these annoying recent contacts away from your text history.


With iPhone Data Eraser, deleting contacts on iPhone would be convenient. It also supports to delete messages, photos, and other data & settings on iPhone. Just download and have a try! The following steps will show you how to use this software.


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Tutorial: Delete Recent Contacts in Text Messaging


Step 1. Run the software and connect your iPhone to the computer.
After the installation, run iPhone Data Eraser on your computer. Then connect your iPhone with a USB cable to the computer. When the program recognizes your device, you’ll see its main window as follows.


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Note: Backup the important data if you don’t want to delete them

Step 2. Choose Erase all data on device and click on it
The WIPE OVER means to erase all data and settings permanently.


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Note: “WIPE DELETED FILES” is not available yet.

Step 3. Click on the Start button to delete whole data on your iPhone, including the recent contacts in text messaging.

There are three security levels to erase all recent contacts on your iPhone. You can choose any of them to your requirement. Higher levels will ask for more time. Here we’ll choose the default one --- the medium one which will overwrite your iPhone with junk files ensure that the files can not be recoverable and no one knows that you’ve deleted all data on your iPhone. What they can recover from your iPhone are all junk files. And then click “START WIPE”.


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Note: The low level - the software will erase and overwrite all your data with zeros to ensure that the files are not recoverable. When recovering data from your iPhone, you can only find zeros from it.
The high level - it meets the DOD5220 – 22M standard. When you choose this level, the data on your iPhone will be erased and overwritten by three times. You can get a better insurance.

Step 4. Click “Done” and the wiping completed
After a few minutes, all the data will be wiped permanently. You can get your iPhone as a new one. And recent contacts will not showing up in your text history. You clear them permanently.


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Now you won’t see the deleted recent contacts showing up in your text history after finishing these easy steps. Don’t worry about the annoying issue. iPhone Data Eraser for iOS permanently wipes all recent contacts from the device and resetting system setting with just one click. iPhone Data Eraser can erase other types of data, such as message, call logs, music, photos, bookmark and so on as well.


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