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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by unwallflower, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. unwallflower

    unwallflower Well-Known Member
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    I text a lot. Most of the people I keep in touch with live hours away, and while phone calls definitely have their place... most of the time I just like the convenience of texting.

    The problem is that Android phones seem to have a difficult time deleting more than a couple hundred or so texts at a time. I experienced this with my Hero... actually ended up getting rid of it after a few months because each time I tried to delete more than 100 texts or so it would freeze, reboot, and then RESEND random old texts to people. A dozen at a time. People were starting to think I was losing my mind, and I ended up getting rid of the phone. (sort of a funny problem now that I look back on it)

    At least the Evo hasn't sent random texts to people... yet. It just throws a temper tantrum and completely refuses to delete large threads.

    Is there a better way to do this? One that actually works, maybe?

    I know that I SHOULD perform routine maintenance and not let the threads get this big. It's just not practical to delete these threads before they reach 100 texts when I send hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of texts a day.

    So... help? It's currently going on 20 minutes trying (and failing) to delete a thread of 1,000 texts. I'm dreading deleting the one with over 4,000...
     

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  2. JR2

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    Messages/Menu/Settings/Text message limit. Enter a number (I use 200) and hit Set. A setting of 200 will keep the last 200 mesages per conversation and automatically get rid of the older ones over the 200 limit. It seems to work well on my unrooted EVO running 2.2. Be sure to check the Delete old messages option as well.
     
  3. treborcj

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    I am going to give you the same suggestion that we gave other Hero users as well. Use one of the many apps that will delete SMS messages. I use SMS Backup and Restore from the market.

    You have to keep the message threads under 500 or it will take much longer to delete.
     
  4. unwallflower

    unwallflower Well-Known Member
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    I didn't know about this. Thanks! After I get rid of these old texts then I'll be sure to go change my settings.

    Each 1,000 ish thread is taking about half an hour or a little more to delete. I think I'll do the 4,000 text thread overnight. :rolleyes:
     
  5. dxCoqui

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    And then, go to rehab. Dude/Dudette, you have a problem...:D
     
  6. blkhwkz

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    I just deleted a thread with 2560 in about 30 minutes, 2000 usually takes me about 20 minutes. It's definitely a pain in the ass to wait for it to delete so I try to do it when I go to sleep. Most I have done was about 3400 and that took 40 minutes to finish.
     
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