SMS History - How long do you keep yours?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by James Bond, May 10, 2011.

  1. James Bond macrumors member

    James Bond

    Jan 31, 2009
    New Zealand, Pale Blue Dot
    I have SMS threads dating back to early 2009. How often do you delete yours? (if ever)
  2. stephensays macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2010
    I got the iPhone 4 June 29th, and the other week I got a pop up saying "your SMS box is full. New messages cannot be received unless you delete some messages".

    So after ten months of not deleting a single message I managed to fill it up. I didn't know even there was a limit on the iPhone. :eek:

    I took a screen shot, but I can't seem to upload it here via my phone's camera roll. Oh well, I'll post when I'm on my computer
  3. Scott90 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Impressive, I think the limit's 90k messages or so, so that's about 9000 per month, or 300 per day.
  4. stephensays macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2010
    That makes sense as I hover between 9-10k of messages a month. Thanks for the insight, 90k is still a lot. Beats having to delete every, what was it, 25 messages on the razr? :p
  5. The Californian macrumors 68040

    The Californian

    Jan 17, 2009
    Surfers Paradise
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I only delete mine when I do a clean restore.
  6. xlost6 macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_8 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8E401 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Well I just got my first iPhone with Verizon this past Sunday and I plan on keeping my SMS history until I get the message saying it's full lol
  7. NWI73 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    Any idea how you can save a conversation to somebody's contact (without keeping it in the SMS queue)? I like to keep the SMS list clean and only have a few conversations in it.
  8. andyx3x macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2011
    I delete mine when I'm through with the conversation.
  9. blazinz macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
  10. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Never deleted a message since I purchased my iPhone 4 (07.05.11) and still not full, but I also use What's app that I have never deleted a message (10,517 messages).
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  12. mltaylor macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    For my gf (current gf that is) I keep it until it auto deletes (if it does that). Never know when you need to scroll through the string of messages and prove someone wrong.
  13. DocMarlor macrumors member


    Jun 21, 2010
    Raleigh, NC, USA

  14. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    texts from friends/family I'll keep for a month or so, then delete. All others are deleted immediately after I'm done with the conversation. Don't care much for texts that much so whenever I update/restore, I lose all of them anyways.
  15. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    i keep all of mine.

    actually, i get pretty pissed off when i have to delete them lol. i had to delete them in may 2010 when downgraded from 4.0 beta to 3.x :( sad sad day. before that i had them since 2008.
  16. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    The only time I delete text messages is when they're from a formal girlfriend. And in that case, they are deleted out of my contacts as well. Otherwise, I do no delete any text message that I send/receive.
  17. Andy Ftw macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2011
    Normal when I update/restore my phone I don't bother backing up the SMS History as I normally set up as new, which can be fairly often, whenever a new 4.x firmware is released or whatever :)
  18. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    keep them for a handfull of close friends and family random conversations are cleared out of my inbox probably weekly
  19. elan123 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2011
    Delete if I have too, which has been never
  20. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    I generally keep most of them because its easier than making a new message. I keep the conversation from my fiance all the time. I think I've only deleted it once in a few years and I didn't transfer it over to my new ip4 a few weeks ago. I've never gotten a full messages error so I don't think I was close to any sort of limits. I still remember my old nokia that could only hold like 10 or 20 messages in each folder. Yikes.

    I kind of miss my old nokia. It was a great phone.
  21. mltaylor macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    I had an old nokia that wouldnt allow me to get incoming messages if the folders were full. What a flawed system...I missed so many texts because I just didn't have room on my phone.
  22. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    I don't think that was necessarily nokia's fault though. I think it was just a product of the network capabilities coupled with the lack of storage space on the phone. It did suck but it shows how far things have come.
  23. tnisatard macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2008
    is there a way i can transfer my old text messages to a new iphone, but only the text messages?
  24. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    Unfortunately no, which sucks. I wish Apple would give us a way to only restore specific things in the "Restore From Backup" option in iTunes.

    You can export texts with "PhoneView" (a Mac app) to a text file and save them on your computer though.

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