Want to be more efficient with managing your messages on iPhone or iPad? Follow along for how to access edit mode in the Messages app with a two-finger tap on iPhone and iPad.

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 bring a variety of updates including UI changes across the built-in iOS apps. With the latest software, accessing edit mode in Messages is buried a couple of levels deep, but fortunately, there’s a handy two-finger shortcut.

Below, we’ll look at quickly entering edit mode in the all messages view as well as inside a specific thread in Apple’s first-party Messages app on iPhone and iPad.

How to edit messages on iPhone and iPad with two-finger tap

From the all messages view:

  1. Open the Messages app and head to the all messages view
  2. Give a two-finger tap on any of the message threads
  3. Use a two-finger scroll to select multiple messages
  4. Choose Delete (or Read when applicable)
  5. Tap Done

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Inside a message:

You can also take advantage of the two-finger tap inside a message instead of having to long press, then tap More.

  1. Open a specific thread inside the Messages app
  2. Two-finger tap on a message you want to forward or delete
  3. Use a two-finger scroll to select multiple messages in a thread

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