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How do I erase recent text message contacts which are already deleted contacts?

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Post time: 2014-03-05 09:03:03 |Show all posts
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I upgraded to an iPhone 5, and subsequently gave my son my iPhone 4 to use for games and messaging. His apple ID is still the same as mine. He has his own iCloud account however. We cleared my contacts out of his phone and they do not update with iCloud. However, If my son starts to write a text message to one of his contacts (there are only 5) and he types the first letter of the contact instead of using the + (add a contact from the address book), up comes all my old recent contacts even though they aren't listed in his current contacts. I don't want him accidentally texting my business numbers! How do I remove "recent contacts" from the messaging like I can from recent email contacts?
        iPhone 4, iOS 6.1.3
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Post time: 2014-03-05 20:58:53 |Show all posts
Well, after trying a backup and restore that took 20 minutes and changed nothing, I decided to copy to paper all of my contacts, account information and password etc. I then wiped my iPhone and proceeded to rebuild my iPhone manually. After nearly 6 hoursI have to admit that it worked. However, this is not only a massive inconvenience, it is a privacy issue. Anyone who might have access to my iPhone can see any numbers or old contacts that I have messaged even though those messages are deleted along with their contacts. How many more issues are there like this that are hidden in the iPhone that I haven't run into. Already I have heard that my GPS data is cached so with the proper software I can be back-tracked and now I find that information I thought was deleted was not "really" deleted. Even the Windows 7 phone I updraded from was more secure than this. Ofcourse I could pay for software to possibly edit the iPhone directly but hey I don't believe that I should have to dole out cash to delete something that I've already deleted. Oh well, I have ordered a BlackBerry, thanks for the waste of money Apple.
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Post time: 2014-03-05 19:54:22 |Show all posts
Unfortunately, the purpose of my initial post was to avoid texting these numbers altogether, so I do not want to send a text, labeled as a fake contact, then delete. Plus, that means my number will be in *their* memory cache (if they have an iPhone). I am trying to avoid my son having any further contact with these numbers from his device. After reading these replies, I have determined I need to simply restore the phone. As far as keeping the Minecraft app data before I do a restore, that's a discussion for a minecraft forum.
Thanks all, for your replies.
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Post time: 2014-03-05 18:04:54 |Show all posts
Hi cheonweb,
No, doesn't work, just adds another deleted contact to the list.
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Post time: 2014-03-05 16:48:50 |Show all posts
Considering that the history of this issue seems to go back several years through several models I am under the assumption that this bug has been logged many times, I will check however. I just got off the phone with my service provider and am contemplating solving the issue with a BlackBerry 10.
cheonweb, I'll try that but the rates for foreign texts can get quite pricey when I would have to do it for nearly 60 numbers. Why should the expense be incurred by me when deletion should be a fairly straight-forward function, at least it is in every other phone I've ever owned.
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Post time: 2014-03-05 15:48:15 |Show all posts
Did you try this?
Assign the old number to a fake contact like "$%#", send a message to that (old) number and then delete the contact.
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Post time: 2014-03-05 14:26:01 |Show all posts
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Post time: 2014-03-05 13:11:10 |Show all posts
I have several friends that travel and use roaming numbers when doing so, in some cases I now have to scroll through 20+ deleted contacts to find the current one. This behaviour is not in any way acceptable and judging from the number of posts complaining about it and the age of some of the posts I doubt Apple will be fixing it. Ofcourse, I could just wipe and rebuild my contacts etc.. each time one of my friends leave the country, after all it would only mean rebuilding my iPhone every couple of months. I am beginning to regret switching from BlackBerry to iPhone last year...
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Post time: 2014-03-05 12:05:34 |Show all posts
Yes, I figured that would be the response however I wanted to avoid this to save his progress in one of his favorite games (minecraft) which he plays on his iPhone (which isn't a phone anymore so we call it his iNoPhone :-). If someone can help me restore it without having to reinstall minecraft and losing it, I'm all ears. However I don't think I can save progress.
So why am I able to delete recents in the email program but not messaging? Seems like email cache and messaging cache would be similar in that regard.
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Post time: 2014-03-05 10:56:38 |Show all posts
Te recents are stored in cache memory and the only way to delete is to restore phone as new
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