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How to Clear Chat on WhatsApp

Written by Thirumalraj

In this post, you’ll see how to clear WhatsApp chat.

The difference between clearing and deleting a WhatsApp chat is that the former clears all conversation messages and doesn’t delete the conversation from the “Chats” tab. But the latter does both.

I use the Desktop, Web, and app (Android phone and iPhone). Let’s begin.

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How to Clear Chat on WhatsApp on Android

Let’s see how to clear all the messages from an individual conversation and all chats simultaneously.

Steps to Clear Single Chat

Launch the WhatsApp Messenger app.

​Open the conversation (contact or group) you want.

Tap the three vertical dots at the top. Select More (beneath the Wallpaper).

Hit “Clear chat” between Block or Exit group and Export chat.

​You’ll now see a popup that has these options:

  • The “Also delete media received in this chat from the device gallery” option is selected by default. Leave it, and the media of the chat gets deleted. Or deselect the option.
  • “Delete starred messages” option (you’ll only see this if the chat has a starred message. Select it if you want to delete the starred message from the conversation.)

Tap “Clear Chat,” and that’s it.

Steps to Clear All Chats

​Open the WhatsApp app and tap on the three vertical dots at the top.

Select Settings > Chats > Chat history.

Tap the “Clear all chats” option between “Archive all chats” and “Delete all chats.”

In the popup, you’ll see the following:

  • “Also delete media received in chats from the device gallery” – Select this one to remove all conversation media.
  • Delete starred messages – Select this option to delete all your starred messages.

Select the above two options as per your liking and hit Clear Chats.

That’s all.

Clear WhatsApp Chat on iPhone

Let’s see how to clear all messages from a single or all chats simultaneously.

Steps to Clear Single Chat

Note: The below methods also delete the media of the conversation.

Open WhatsApp and hit the “Chats” tab at the bottom if you’re not in it.

Swipe the chat (contact or group) to the left. Hit More > Clear Chat.

You’ll see a popup with the following options:

  • Delete All Except Starred – this one clears all the messages from chat, except the starred messages. Remember, you’ll only see this option if the conversation has a starred message.
  • Delete All Messages – this one will clear all the messages from the chat.

Hit the one you prefer. That’s it.

Here’s an alternative method:

Open the chat you want and tap the name on the top. Hit the “Clear Chat” option. The rest are the same as above.

Steps to Clear All Chats

Launch WhatsApp and hit on the Settings tab at the bottom.

Select Chats > Clear All Chats.

You can now view the message stating that clearing your WhatsApp chats will delete the message history on your phone and all sent and received media.

Enter the phone number of your WhatsApp account. Hit the “Clear All Chats” option.

That’s all.

How to Clear Chat on WhatsApp Web

Here are the steps:

Open WhatsApp Web. Hit the chat you want.

On the top right, hit the three vertical dots. Select Clear messages.

You can see the “Keep starred messages.” Check it if you want not to delete the starred messages of the conversation.

Hit the Clear Chat button, and that’s it.

How to Clear Chat on WhatsApp Desktop

Here are the steps:

Open the WhatsApp Desktop app and right-click the chat you want.

Select “Clear messages.” Remember that the app will clear the messages from this device only.

Hit the Clear button, and that’s it.

Thanks for reading.

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