How to Automatically Delete Verification Codes in iOS 17 and macOS 14

Thanks to AutoFill, authentication through verification codes becomes a pretty seamless affair. For secure verification, Apple sends codes in the Messages app and Mail. But have you ever wished to get rid of the list of expired codes with ease? And that too without having to waste any time! If you are nodding in the affirmative, you would be glad to know that Apple has offered a neat way to automatically delete verification codes in iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14 Sonoma. Read on to…

Automatically Clean Up Verification Codes in iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS 14

If you don’t have the habit of cleaning up the verification codes, there is a good chance that your Messages and Mail apps could be cluttered with too many useless codes lying around. Fortunately, you can now leverage this new add-on to wipe out the expired codes as soon as the verification is done through the AutoFill feature. 

Automatically Wipe Out Verification Codes in Messages and Mail on iPhone and iPad

  • On your iPhone or iPad, head over to the Settings app -> Scroll down and choose Passwords
Choose Passwords
  • After that, make sure to authenticate using Face ID/Touch ID or your device passcode. 
  • Now, tap on Passwords Options and then turn on the toggle for Automatically Clean Up Verification Codes
Automatically clean up verification codes on iPhone and iPad
  • That’s pretty much it! Your device will now immediately eliminate the verification codes after you have inserted them using the AutoFill functionality. 

Automatically Clean Up Verification Codes in macOS 14 Sonoma

  • On your Mac running macOS Sonoma, click on the Apple menu at the top left corner of the screen and choose System Settings in the drop-down menu. 
Choose System Settings
  • After that, choose Passwords and then authenticate. 
  • Next, click on Password Options.
Choose Password options
  • Then, turn on the toggle for Clean Up Automatically which is located under the Verification Codes section. Finally, quit the System Settings and you are good to go!
Automatically clean up verification codes on Mac

Wrap up…

So, yeah, that’s how you can prevent the useless verification codes from cluttering your Mail or Messages. Ever since this feature arrived in iOS 17, I have used it to eliminate useless codes. From what I have experienced, it works as expected. As for iOS 17, it’s going to take several updates to become stable. Issues like rapid battery drain, unexpected rebooting, random freezing, and app crashing are common. That said, do you have any related questions to ask? If yes, feel free to shoot ‘em all via the comments below. 

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