No text message timestamps on the iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by b24pgg, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. b24pgg macrumors 65816

    Jan 28, 2009
    I really hope I'm just not seeing this feature. Every other smartphone I've ever used does this so I'm hoping the iPhone does there a way to see text message timestamps?
  2. Jason black macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    I believe there's a 15min rule with the iphone.
  3. jgalan14 macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    Yeah every phone but the iPhone , kind of weird but yeah
  4. Calidude macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    Yep. No timestamps if there's a convo.
  5. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008
    It makes sense of you think about it. Most text conversations can be several texts long but only last a few minutes. Why time stamp EVERY text? It just stamps the conversation. Again, Apple isn't going "fix" something that isn't broken just because other phones are doing this. If Apple did everything every other phone did, it wouldn't be the best selling smartphone in the world.
  6. Virgo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Every time there's something bad or inconvenient about an iPhone feature, there's always the guy who chimes in "it makes sense if you think about it.." :roll eyes: Apple could make some improvements. They're not perfect.
  7. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008
    How is it inconvenient? Why would you need to know the exact second of every single text message sent and received? It wouldn't be an improvement if they added the time stamp for every message. What would it improve? They time stamp the conversation, not every single text. Over the 4+ years I've owned an iPhone, I can't think of one time I've needed to know the exact time a text was sent or received. It clutters up the UI with every stamp.

    It does make sense to me. A lot of what Apple does with their products make sense to me. It makes sense to millions of others too. Again, Apple doesn't mimic every feature of every other pone just because it can.
  8. tjb1 macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    MarkThatMessage on Cydia. Pretty sure thats the name of it.
  9. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2007
    Something I've wished for since the original release day......

    I wish Apple would give you the option to time stamp every message. In a business environment (a place where the iPhone is getting more and more entrenched), it would be helpful.

    It'd be so easy to add it as a 'Settings' option, and there's really not a negative reason why it couldn't be implemented.

    FWIW, Jailbreak, and there is an app in Cydia that will do this for you. $0.99.

    I purchased it awhile back. One of the biggest reasons I jailbreak, to add functionality/configurability that, IMO, should have been there in the first place.

    If Apple would give us sbsettings, a call blocking capability, and SMS timestamping....there'd be one less JB'er here. I love WinterBoard and theming, but could live without it....
  10. Calidude macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    Honestly, people who don't think this is necessary just don't work in business. Timestamps are crucial.
  11. m3coolpix macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2007
    The people who don't need it, don't miss it, even if they are in a business environment....

    But, for those who need it, it's usually a 'get it done now, or lose the biz' or maybe a 'front line position' or maybe a sales/engineering/support' type position, for lack of better analogies.

    I've got customers who drag up emails/calls/etc. that are several years old to start a new purchase! Love that they stay interested in what I do, but :eek::eek: And I though I kept stuff too long.....
  12. eyespii macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2008
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    While I can't think of a time that I needed to know the exact time a text was sent or received, it's annoying to scroll around looking for the time stamp if the conversation is a few screens long!
  13. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008
    I work in business. I use all sorts of communication tools to stay in touch with my clients, including texts. When I've been curious about when a text came in, I look at the conversation. I've never had a circumstance where the exact second of a message was needed. But to each their own I guess. If you need a time stamp on every text, then you bought the wrong phone. And time stamps are obviously not as important as you guys say it is because you bought a phone without them.
  14. Identity Fraud macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2009
    Or they could make it an option.
  15. DroidRules, Dec 24, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011

    DroidRules macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2010
    Do you really need to know that a text you received after the first one (which is time stamped) occurred 30 seconds after the first? Really? Please tell me situation you would need to know that.

    My question still applies.

    Question above applies.... pls explain why you need to time stamp every text in a conversation.

    Question above applies. Please give me a situation where you would need to know a text was sent 30-45-70 seconds after the first.

    Not defending apple for NOT having this feature, just want to know why any of you feel the need to know when EVERY text was sent in a conversation. Was just checking out my text.... the wife sent a text, I sent one back and so forth. 12 minutes later she sent me another text and it was TS.
  16. EllyaJ macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    Why are people being so touchy? Just because YOU as an individual don't need or want a timestamp on each message doesn't mean that there is no valid reason that someone else might need or want it. How arrogant can you get? I can think of several reasons that time stamps on each message would appeal to someone, some of them more serious/important and some of them more frivolous. But that doesn't matter! An individual's reason for wanting a specific feature is not any more or less valid if they can't satisfactorily explain it to you. All of these people demanding to know why a time stamp is desirable should just chill and acknowledge that their opinions on what makes for a good feature are not universal truths. Does it hurt your feelings that bad to know that there are those among us who don't think Apple is perfect? Good thing they aren't as arrogant as some of the fans seem to be, or they'd never improve anything. I love Apple because they keep getting better and better, not because they are perfect. It's nice to know that something new and great will always be coming, even if there are things I don't like about current models. I am allowed to dislike things, right?


    Because some people are different from you and like different things. Radical notion, I know. Maybe a person really does want to know that texts were sent 27.5 seconds apart. And maybe you think that's stupid. You're allowed to think it's stupid, but they're still allowed to want to know. Even if there is no dire need or reason. Also, let's take a second to acknowledge that most smartphones aren't just about what you need-- they'd be dreadfully boring. Smartphones (and other forms of technology) often aim to give users what they want, too. Even when it's dumb.
  17. Gman! macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    Brilliant idea!

    How about implementing a finger swipe feature on the text message that displays the time stamp if you want it or want to know when it was sent? Swipey its here & swipey its gone! Brilliant! keeps it clutter-free & dont have to switch a setting back n forth. And no its not already built in as I tried it.
  18. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    This has been a huge complaint for me. I know it sounds so minuscule but it really bugs me to no end. I mean how damn hard would it be to add a toggle in Settings for Messages to show timestamps for all messages.
  19. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    My message app has time stamps.

    Also, at some forums people are shot for dredging up dead threads. I'm just sayin'....
  20. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

    Rajani Isa

    Jun 8, 2010
    Rogue Valley, Oregon
    The issue I have is the time frame where the iPhone considers it the same conversation and therefore does no time-stamp them seems kinda big. It's also nice having a time stamp when you are trying to meet up with friends and they give you an ETA.
  21. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    It's really not a case of how to do it, just about every other platform manages to do it somehow - even third party Apps, it's just that Apple doesn't listen to feature requests like this.
  22. diamond.g macrumors 603


    Mar 20, 2007
    Interestingly enough, the phone does store the timestamps for text messages and imessages. It just doesn't expose them to the user.
  23. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    If you're willing to jailbreak, I've found the free Cydia extension "xMessages" to be sufficient for this task. Plus it has a couple of other features that you may or may not find useful.
  24. tmoney22193 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2012

    Honestly, I didn't know timestapping would even be an issue up for debate when I bought an iphone a couple weeks ago. For some of us in the legal world things need to get documented and timestamped. I can't understand why it wouldn't be standard, let alone an option. I mean really?
  25. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA

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