Delete Phone Calls on the iPhone with a Swipe

Dec 8, 2011 - 13 Comments

It’s extremely easy to selectively delete any single phone call from the iPhones call log, all you need to do is remember to use the simple swipe gesture described below:

  • Open “Phone” and then on “Recents”
  • Swipe to the left or right on the phone call you want to delete from the call log
  • Select the red “Delete” button” to remove the phone from the list

Delete a Phone Call from iPhone Call Log with a swipe

This only deletes the selected phone call, and it will not remove other calls from that person or their contact information, it’s also the fastest way to remove an item from the call log.

The specificity is quite nice, and if you want to just hide the existence of a single call or two from the call log from prying eyes, this is a great way to do it to maintain surprises, or to insure some basic level of privacy with corporate devices. To go further, you could swipe through the entire list to remove everything, but really if you want to remove more from the call history or clear the entire thing out, there’s a better way to remove all items from the list and start from scratch.

The swipe-to-delete gesture is seen elsewhere in iOS, including when deleting a song from iTunes on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. […] easiest way to delete a single call is with the swipe gesture that we’ve discussed […]

  2. Alex says:

    one day i was habing normally swipe to delete and after 2 days i m going to delete a contact and its not showing up . doesnt exist (on deleteing contacts only with Swipe……… can anyone ple send me a decent help ???????? :P :) tnx

  3. Chip says:

    LOL! Poor Suzy!

  4. Billiam says:

    I would delete Suzy’s call too, can’t have the wife know about Suzy.

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    OS X can be on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
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