How to Remove Frequently Contacted on WhatsApp (and More)

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I’m using Android and iPhone here. Let’s start.

How to Remove Frequently Contacted and Recent Chats on WhatsApp

On the “Forward to” screen (the screen you see while forwarding), you’ll notice:

  • “My status” option.
  • “Frequently contacted” section.
  • “Recent chats” section.
  • “Other contacts” section (contains all your WhatsApp contacts, except the ones in the “Recent chats” and “Frequently contacted” areas). You can find this on Android only.

Let’s learn two ways to delete “Frequently contacted” on WhatsApp:

  • Clearing the chat (contact or group) removes it from the “Frequently contacted” list. But will appear in the “Recent chats” section. It is the case for both Android and iPhone.
  • Deleting the chat of the contact removes it from the “Frequently contacted” list. It is the case for the iPhone. But with Android, that contact will appear in the “Other contacts” section. Also, note that it’ll move to the Recent chats section when you exit the group chat, the same for Android and iPhone.

Pick the way you prefer from the above to complete the task.

Let’s learn how to delete “Recent chats” on WhatsApp:

Removing the conversation of contact removes it from the “Recent chats.” It is the case for the iPhone. But with Android, that contact will appear in the “Other contacts” section.

Exiting the group and deleting its chat removes it from the “Recent chats” section, and this is the case for both Android and iPhone.

How to Clear WhatsApp Chat

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

Let’s see the steps to do this task on Android and iPhone.

Android

Let’s see how to clear all the messages from a single 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 > More > Clear chat.

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

  • The “Clear” option
  • “Delete starred messages” option (you’ll see this only if the chat has a starred message. Only select it if you want to delete the starred message from the conversation)
  • “Delete media in this chat” option (this is selected by default. Leave it if you wish, the media of the chat deleted. Or deselect the option)

Tap “Clear” or “Clear Messages” (you’ll see the one depending on whether the conversation has a starred message or not).

All Chats

​Open WhatsApp. Tap on the three vertical dots at the top > 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.

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 then hit the “Chats” tab at the bottom. Slide the chat 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 at 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 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.

How to Delete WhatsApp Chat

Let’s see the steps to do this task on Android and iPhone.

Android

To Delete Single or Multiple WhatsApp Chats

Long press the chat of the contact(s) that you want to remove.

Hit the “Trash can” icon, which is between “Pin” and “Mute” at the top.

Select the option in the popup to remove conversation(s) media. Tap the “Delete” option in the popup.

To Delete All WhatsApp Chats at Once

Follow the steps below if you want to:

  • Remove all contacts chat
  • Clear all group chats
  • Delete media of all chats

Here are the steps:

Launch WhatsApp. Hit the three vertical dots at the top. Tap “Settings,” which is beneath the “Starred messages.”

Hit on “Chats,” which is between “Account” and “Notifications.” Tap “Chat history,” which is beneath “Chat backup.”

Hit on “Delete all chats,” which is beneath the “Clear all chats” option.

Select “Delete media in chats” in the popup to remove all chat media. Hit the “Delete” option in the popup.

iPhone

To Delete Single or Multiple WhatsApp Chats

Note: Remember, the steps below will also delete the chat’s media.

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

Tap the “Edit” option at the top left.

Hit the chat of the contact(s) you want to remove. Tap “Delete” at the bottom right.

In the popup, hit the “Delete (the number of selected chats) Chat(s)” option.

To Delete All Chats at Once

Follow the steps below if you want to:

  • Remove all WhatsApp contacts chat
  • Clear all group chats
  • Delete all sent and received media

Here are the steps:

Launch WhatsApp for iPhone. Hit “Settings” at the bottom if you’re not in it.

Tap the “Chats” option.

Hit the “Delete All Chats” option beneath the “Clear All Chats” option.

Provide the number you’ve used to create your WhatsApp account. Hit the “Delete All Chats” option.

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