August 26th, 2013, 08:42 PM
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How to merge SMS threads
How often does your family or friends change their phone #? I have had several change their #’s because of upgrades, moving, etc… When they do so, there are now two threads of conversations in your SMS messages from the same person. If your one of those people like myself and would like to merge them back into one thread under their new phone #, here’s how:
1. Download SMS Backup & Restore from the Google Play Store.
2. Make a back-up of your SMS messages with the SMS Backup & Restore app. You can name the back-up whatever you want, but just make sure that there is a .XML extension. I usually use the date (8272013.xml). Remember where you store this in your phone. By default, the back-up is stored on your device in a folder called SMS Backup & Restore. It is recommended that you keep a copy of the original back-up in another folder just in case you mess something up.
3. Transfer the back-up to your computer and open it with Notepad (or some word editing program).
4. Up in the toolbar, click Edit and in the submenu click Replace.
5. Type in the “Find what” field the old phone #. It cannot have any dashes or spaces (example phone #: 17735551234).
6. Type in the “Replace with” field the new phone # (in the same format as mentioned in step 5).
7. Click “Replace all” and hit save.
8. Now transfer the revised back-up back into your phone in the same folder you pulled it from.
9. Open SMS Back-up & Restore and restore your revised back-up … and you’re done. The app will ask you before you restore if you would like to check for duplicates. I would recommend doing so, because if you do not, you will end up with duplicate messages. You can alternatively delete all of your SMS messages before you restore them … this way it will work faster when restoring and you will bypass risking duplicate messages.
Congratulations!!! You have successfully merged the two threads of conversations back into one!
Last edited by Lanky; August 26th, 2013 at 09:48 PM.