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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mitcho, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
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    My text thread with my girlfriend is over 4000 messages long, causing significantly noticeable lag-time. I've tried to delete the entire thread with her, but it just freezes up the program and I have to force quit it, and it won't delete the thread. Is there any way to erase all text messages at once, preferably from outside the program?

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  2. tatonka_Hero

    tatonka_Hero Android Expert

    how long did you let it sit while it was trying to delete it? It takes a while to delete that many messages, and while it's deleting them it will pretty much render your phone unusable. I deleted a thread with only about 300 texts in it, and it took a couple of minutes, and I pretty much couldn't use the phone.
  3. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Perhaps I should let it sit longer? without touching it?
  4. tatonka_Hero

    tatonka_Hero Android Expert

    hmm, 10 minutes certainly seems like it should have been long enough lol. Perhaps let it sit overnight while it's trying to delete them and see if it works. Otherwise, I believe there's another thread 2 or 3 pages back that mentions the same issue
  5. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I'll give that a shot, but damn....what bad timing....my girlfriend works overnights, and she's gonna want to text me right about now LOL
  6. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    yeah I just let it sit for an hour after pressing delete entire thread, and nothing. It didn't freeze up though. Its like it just....ignored me.
  7. cody7002002

    cody7002002 Newbie

    I once had to delete a thread that was about 800 messages long and it took around 10 minutes. So I would imagine 4000 would take much longer. Like it was stated previously, delete the thread then let it sit while you go to sleep or something.
  8. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, but I let it sit for about 2 hours, and then it just goes back to the home screen and the thread is still there..... this is a problem that should probably be addressed in the next big update, and easier (and more reliable) way to delete your texts
  9. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Android Expert

    This is just an observation, and certainly no disrespect on anyone present here ... but how bad does an app have to be put together to take that long to delete data? :thinking:
    I mean, we're probably talking about a simple "from database drop x" operation. If Cody's phone needs ~600 seconds to delete 800 entries, that is certainly is not an impressive performance. :(
  10. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I hate when I have to tell my girlfriend my phone is acting up or being stupid, and she says my phone sucks :( It doesn't SUCK, its just a new phone and its got some bugs that need to be fixed. No cell phone is PERFECT. And who the hell does she think she is, her blackberry is old and terrible! XP
  11. ElAguila

    ElAguila Well-Known Member

    Delete it before you go to bed and let it sit overnight.
  12. nathanotis

    nathanotis Android Enthusiast

    Make sure you have it plugged in, and well ventilated, too.
  13. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    its still a no-go :( it won't delete that many messages. It will sit on one screen for hours, then return me to my home screen, with the message thread still there.

    I found this in another forum.
    cannot delete sms messages - xda-developers

    I don't quite understand how to do things like this though....
    What is an adb?? and what directory should I set it to (I use a mac)
  14. dhowell91

    dhowell91 Newbie

    This happened to me about a week ago. I had to press delete and then let it sit overnight and by morning it was done and my phone was so much faster :) Have you tried using the stock app when deleting them? thats how i did it...
  15. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    stock app? I don't know about that, but I heres what I do: open Messages, long-press on the thread with 4500+ texts, click Delete, Yes, then wait. I have also tried opening messages, pressing menu and delete, and then clicking on the long thread. Both have given me the same results. Is this what you meant?
  16. dhowell91

    dhowell91 Newbie

    Yea thats exactly what I did but I let it sit overnight... You may just have to let it sit for a longer amount of time.
  17. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Android Expert

    have you tried the Super SMS Quick Delete app? I don't know much about it, except I just came across it and thought of this thread. Hope it helps...
  18. b0n3z

    b0n3z Newbie

    Maybe try deleting them one by one until you are able to delete the whole thread? I know it is going to be a pain but it's worth a shot?
  19. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    though I don't disagree that deleting them one by one would WORK, I simply just don't have the time to be going through deleting 4500+ texts..... Isn't there supposed to be some big update coming for the hero sometime next year? I wonder if this issue will be resolved then....
  20. zombdroid

    zombdroid Android Enthusiast

    Here is my lame contribution. Delete 2 everytime you get a new one and soon your messages will be under control. :)
  21. Tolfince

    Tolfince Newbie

    Tried this...it doesn't seem to be any quicker. However, it does have a progress bar so it doesn't leave u to wonder if anything is happening at all.
  22. cy48

    cy48 Lurker

    i deleted around 2600 messages in a thread using the quick delete app. I set the screen to never time out and it worked in under half an hour( i lost track of how long it actually was) The first two times i tried it without setting the screen to not timeout, it failed to delete the thread after hours of just sitting there.
  23. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    is there an app that can delete all texts quickly? This bares investigation....

    I just remembered something else crappy about the situation, whenever she sends me pictures, it won't download them, yet I can download pictures from anyone else whom I have a smaller thread with.....
  24. lostxmatt

    lostxmatt Lurker

    mitcho I am having the SAME problem..i have over 2000 texts from 1 person and I cant delete nor recieve pictures, I can however send pics which does not make any sense.
    i am able to type faster on a message than the phone can keep up. its lagging my whole phone and whenever i try to delete another message that has 450 texts it freezes up. i am forced to kill the app, reload with NO messages at all. restart phone and all messages are back, even the one i tried to delete.
    its really frustrating b/c texting is a big part of cell phones these days, how can they screw that up? i shouldnt have to delete my messages so this doesnt happen.
    some smartphone this is.
    only one way i can think of deleting it..and i am not about to do it. reformat it.
  25. mitcho

    mitcho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    FINALLY, I have a solution! Woohoo! ^_^
    There is an app called "Sms quick delete" that works! Granted, it took me 3 hours to delete the thread that is now 4500+, but at least it worked! I set it to never turn off, kept it plugged in, and just let it sit uninterrupted, checked on it 3 hours later, and it was fine :)

    another thing that could have attributed to it actually working was that I deleted most of my smaller threads with other people too, I believe that could have sped up the process a bit as well. Anyway, give it a shot! Hope it works for you too!! I know how ANNOYING it was texting my girlfriend, whom I text the most, and having to wait 1-2 minutes every time I press "send" and the general lag when I am inputting text as well!

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