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.

Let’s see how to do this task on Windows 11 PC, Google Pixel 4a (Android 12), and iPhone X.

Clear WhatsApp Chat on Android Phone

Let’s see how to clear all the messages from an individual chat or all chats at once.

To Clear Single Chat

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

Tap the three vertical dots at the top. Select More > Clear chat.

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

  • The “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.)
  • The “Delete media in this chat” option (this is selected by default. Leave it if you wish and the media of the chat gets deleted. Or deselect the option)

Tap “Clear” or “Clear Messages” (you’ll see one depending on whether the conversation has a starred message).

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. In the confirmation popup, you’ll see:

  • Delete media in chats – Select this one to remove all conversations media.
  • Delete starred messages – Select this option to delete all your starred messages.
  • Clear Messages – Clear messages from all the conversations.

Select the first-mentioned two options as per your liking and then hit the latter.

Clear WhatsApp Chat on iPhone

Let’s see how to clear all messages from a single chat or all chats at once.

To Clear Single Chat

Note: Remember, the below methods also delete the media of the conversation.

Open WhatsApp and hit the “Chats” tab at the bottom.

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.

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.

To Clear All Chats

Launch WhatsApp. Hit on Settings > 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 delete 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:

  1. Open WhatsApp Web and hit the chat you want.
  2. On the top right, hit the three vertical dots. Select Clear messages.
  3. In the popup, uncheck Keep starred messages if you want to delete the starred messages of the conversation.
  4. Hit the Clear Chat button, and that’s it.

I hope this guide, “How to Clear WhatsApp Chat,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

Read: How to Export WhatsApp Chat History