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Deleting Multiple Items in Google Voice History

by Zubair Alexander · Published

Some vendors intentionally make it difficult for users to locate certain security or privacy settings. By making them obscure, users are less likely to find them and often assume that those settings don’t exist. This helps vendors who want to keep track of users’ personal data and browsing habits because they can use the data either for their own benefit or sell them to third-parties for profit. Google Voice is a good example of this. Google makes it difficult to delete voicemail messages, text messages, and call history. If you have a thousand voicemail or text messages and you go to the new Google Voice to delete them, Google developers have designed the interface so you can only delete one message at a time. To make it even more difficult, you are forced to use at least 4 mouse clicks to delete each single entry. Therefore, deleting 5,000 messages will take 20,000 mouse clicks.

NOTE: Currently there are two types of Google Voice options: The New Google Voice and the Legacy Google Voice. The New Google Voice was deployed in January 2017.

Deleting Call History in the New Google Voice

To delete the call history in the New Google Voice you need to do the following.

  1. Go to your Gogle Voice.
  2. Click on the Call icon to access the call history.
  3. Click on the call entry that you want to delete.
  4. Click on the More Options button (three vertical dots) on the top right-hand side. This will display a drop-down menu.
  5. From the drop-down menu select Delete.
  6. You will be asked if you are sure you want to permanently delete the call entry. Click Delete to confirm.
  7. To delete each subsequent call entry, you will have to complete step #3 to step #6 above, that’s 4 different steps. If you have 3,000 call entries, you will need 12,000 steps to delete them.
NOTE: Google wants you to use the New Google Voice because they’ve redesigned the new interface to make it extremely difficult for you to delete multiple voicemail, text, and call entries. This ensures that Google has prolonged access to your personal data. However, it also means that if your account is hacked, your privacy is at a higher risk because you have a large amount of personal data that is exposed. This one-item-at-a-time delete feature offers absolutely no benefit to the users it only risks their privacy and security.

Workaround for Deleting Multiple Items

I do have somewhat of a good news for you. At the time of writing, there is a workaround for deleting multiple or all call log entries, text messages, or voicemails. Here’s how.

  1. In the new Google Voice, click either on the Main menu (three horizontal bars), or click on the More options (three vertical dots). Either option takes you to the same menu.
  2. From the drop-down menu select Legacy Google Voice.
  3. Now you can select Voicemails, Texts, or History and take action on multiple items simultaneously.
  4. You can also select All to delete all the voicemails, texts, or calls on a page, but you can only delete one page at a time. If you want to switch back to the New Google Voice, click the TRY NOW link. You can switch back and forth between the two type of Google Voice until Google retires the Legacy Google Voice.
  5. I mentioned it’s somewhat of a good news because Google only allows deleting 10 items at a time. So if you have 3,000 items, you will have to select all items on a page and then delete them one page at a time. To delete each page it takes at least 2 mouse clicks, so to delete 300 pages (3,000 items) it will take you 600 mouse clicks. To delete each page from Trash it takes at least 3 mouse clicks.

Obviously, this is very annoying but Google intentionally doesn’t want you to easily delete more than ten voicemails, text messages or calls at a time in the Legacy Google Voice. Instead of making an enhancement in the new interface, Google decided to further restrict the deletion and in the New Google Voice you can only delete one item at a time. So what’s coming in the future? No deletion at all? For now, you have access to the Legacy Google Voice. My guess is it’s only a matter of time when Google retires the old Legacy Google Voice. Once that happens you will be back to deleting one item at a time. If you are unhappy with the one-item-at-a-time delete option and would like to provide direct feedback to Google Voice developers, you can do so by going to Help and Feedback in step #2 above.

By the way, once you delete the items and they are moved to the Trash, you have the same limit of deleting only 10 items at a time in the Trash. However, messages that have been in Trash for more than 30 days are automatically deleted.

Another Option for Deleting Multiple Entries

There is a third possible method that will allow you to do delete Google Voice items in bulk, but I haven’t tested that method. You are welcome to try the method at your own risk if you are really desperate, you have some programming background, and you’re willing to go through a lot of hoops, even replace your operating system. The method is documented here. According to the author, here’s why Google discourages you from deleting all the items in Google Voice.

“Google makes most of their money via advertisements, at this point. For an ad to be successful, it needs to be clicked on and then the person clicking on it needs to generally take action and purchase a good or service from the company that paid Google to show the person the ad. To decide which ad would be most successful when shown to you, Google has systems that read any content you give to them. This content includes Google Voice messages, so Google would rather you keep all of your messages in Google Voice forever. This is so they can read your messages and decide if it’s more beneficial to show you the advertisement about the lawyer or the one about the all-natural hot dogs”

Have you seen another application where the vendor has gone backwards instead of forwards in its “NEW” version, like Google did in its New Google Voice?

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Article Update: March 31, 2019

In March 2019, I noticed that Google is allowing multiple selections and delete, even in the New Google Voice interface. You cannot use CONTROL key on the keyboard to select multiple non-contiguous items with a mouse-click, but  you can use the SHIFT key and the mouse to select multiple entries. Here’s how.

  1. Select the top item in the voicemail history, text messages, or voicemail page.
  2. Hold the SHIFT key down and select the first item on the list.
  3. Do not release the SHIFT key yet. If there are lots of items in the list, use the scroll bar with the mouse scroll button and go to the last item you want to delete and click that item with the mouse. You can now release the SHIFT key.
  4. If there are certain items you don’t want to delete, simply left-click them with your mouse one by one without holding any other key.
  5. Click the Delete icon to the right of the Archive icon, as shown below.
  6. You can also use the same method to select multiple items and archive them if necessary.
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This app is available only on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

Description

Google Voice gives you a phone number for calling, text messaging, and voicemail. It works on smartphones and computers, and syncs across your devices so you can use the app in the office, at home, or on the go.

NOTE: Google Voice only works for personal Google Accounts in the US and G Suite accounts in select markets. Text messaging is not supported in all markets.

You’re in control
Get spam filtered automatically and block numbers you don’t want to hear from. Manage your time with personalized settings for forwarding calls, text messages, and voicemail.

Backed up and searchable
Calls, text messages, and voicemails are stored and backed up to make it easy for you to search your history.

Manage messages across devices
Send and receive individual and group SMS messages from all your devices

Your voicemail, transcribed
Google Voice provides advanced voicemail transcriptions that you can read in the app and/or have sent to your email.

Save on international calling
Make international calls at competitive rates without paying extra for international minutes with your mobile carrier

Keep in mind:
• Google Voice is currently only available in the US. Google Voice for G Suite users is available in select countries. Check with your administrator for access.
• Calls made using Google Voice for iPhone can be placed through a Google Voice access number. All access number based calls use the standard minutes from your cell phone plan and may incur costs (e.g. when traveling internationally).

Version 20.38

• Stability and performance improvements.

Google Ruined It !! Now It's Back !!

The latest version has some nice improvements but added some other issues. I like the ability to send photos and use emojis. I don’t like that it no longer recalls and suggests the numbers that you have sent texts to. Because I don’t link my iPhone contacts to it, If I delete a text string I now have to look up the number to start a new one. It should suggest numbers that have been used even if the archives are deleted and allow us to delete a suggestion we no longer need. The opposite is true for phone calls. It not only archives the phone numbers of calls you make but there is no way I have found to remove them from the archive. If these two issues were resolved I would rate it 5 stars.

I'm updating my previous negative review to a positive 5 stars. Defects have been corrected and it is easier and more reliable to use. I especially like the ability to easily and permanently delete conversation and call history. Thank you Google !!

Totally non functional for texts. Used the prior version all the time now there is no way to send a txt because the ">" that used to be there to send is missing. Also, after you enter the destination number you cannot get back to the message without starting over. This is a total train wreck. (Using iPhone 6s with latest iOS update).

Love it. Excellent for Legally Recording too!

I have had this Google phone number attached to my regular number for quite some time. I downloaded the app to my iPhone and was exceedingly surprised at how user-friendly and convenient it is to have a second number that is really attached to my main number. And I do not have to download "sketchy" apps that want to download my contacts to their server and all the other things that are so questionable these days. The part I do really love and have used, is that when people call my Google number, I can press the number four on the keypad, and it plays a legal recording telling both parties that the call is being recorded. If they continue, that is their legal acknowledgment and then Google sends you that entire recording to keep or archive on their trusted servers for as long as needed. Overall, I really cannot say enough about the Google number feature. And the app that I am reviewing here, is just an added bonus that deserves 10 stars in my opinion.

LostInSicilia ,

Crashes regularly, many bugs

I have been using this app for 1.5 years because I love the concept of a free way to text message and receive calls, but the app itself is the worst app on my phone. It crashes several times a week. When replying from the lock screen, it often does not actually send the message but doesn’t let you know it failed. I cannot send or receive video messages. A new message notification may pop up, but then when opening the app it may be super delayed in appearing. I regularly click on one text message and it opens a different one. 90% of the time if someone calls me, we can’t hear each other and I have to hang up and call them through a different app. I have to forward my calls instead, which works well. I have to use Google Hangouts to make free calls, because using the app either doesn’t work or uses my cell line that costs money. There are a couple of pictures I tried to send once and failed, but the app still shows them as pending months later and there is no way to delete them without deleting the whole conversation...so I have to scroll through them every time to see the latest message. Google obviously does not care to invest hardly any money or time in improving Google Voice. If I knew of a reputable and more reliable free phone and text service, I would use it instead.

Information

Compatibility

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Languages

English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Hong Kong), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Copyright
© 2018 Google Inc.
  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

  • Siri

    Get things done within this app using just your voice.

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Get Gmail to Stop Archiving and Start Deleting

The Delete action moves the selected message to the Trash area, where it stays for 30 days before it is permanently deleted. If you do not want to wait that long to dump your mail trash, tap the three-lined menu icon in the top-left corner of the Gmail app, select the Trash icon on the left and tap the Empty Trash Now button at the top of the mailbox window.

To make the Gmail app delete unwanted messages instead of archiving them when you swipe the screen, tap the Menu icon, scroll down the left pane of the window, select Settings and choose General Settings on the next screen. Tap “Swipe actions” and for “Left swipe” select “Delete.” If you want to be warned when deleting messages, select “Confirm before deleting” on the General Settings screen.

The steps for changing the setting in the Gmail app for iOS are similar. On the Settings screen, scroll down to “Swipe actions” and for “Left swipe,” select “Trash.”

As for messages that were archived instead of deleted, you can find them by opening the Menu icon and selecting All Mail. Here, you can swipe each message to delete it. If you want to dig up messages from certain people or on specific topics you no longer care about, you can use search operators to round up mail that matches very specific criteria. For example, the search string -in:inbox -has:userlabel” seeks out messages that are not in your inbox and do not have any custom labels you may have used to sort your incoming mail.


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