SMS Inbox Full

ianbeerent

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Jun 25, 2007
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For a device that has 8 gb of internal storage space, I thought it wouldn't have any problems storing my text messages (like my f****** razr did)

... sadly enough, I am getting a warning message that says "sms inbox almost full, delete old messages"

whyyy?!?!??

is there any way to get around this? how many can it store?? i haven't seen anything about this in the other forums / or in the manual.... ugh. This sucks.
 

epochblue

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Aug 12, 2005
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Not being a big text-messenger myself, is it possible this limit is on the network and not your phone? If so, just delete some of the message - the iPhone has a 'Clear' button in the upper right-hand corner of the messages screen that makes getting rid of many at a time REALLY simple.
 

ianbeerent

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Jun 25, 2007
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yeah i know deleting them is easy... i just don't want to.

i'm pretty sure the network doesn't save the messages? it's just your phone's ability to store them...
 

mrtune

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Jun 23, 2007
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Interesting. I text message alot too, but always clear out conversations after about a week. Looking like Apple put a cap on the number of available stored text messages, or more likely a cap on the file size?

I'm gonna stop clearing them out and see how long it takes to fill...
 

EricNau

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Apr 27, 2005
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Granted, I'm not a big texter, but I've never deleted a text message on my RAZR ...I think there are about 650 total on there right now.

I never delete my emails either.

It's come in handy more than once before! :)
 

elg23

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Jun 18, 2007
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i had a suspicion of this myself... i think apple put a cap on sms storage space, along with many other things.. i think they did this simply for the ipod function of the phone... this way, they can say that there is 7.24gb of storage in itunes, and that will never change, because everything that you do on the phone is set on how much it can hold... so that 7.24gb number will never change, and if you fill it up to 7.24gb of music, the phone can still recieve sms, email, etc because they have their own storage space that you cant touch.. not sure how you could get around this...

i remember reading an article that said something about how ridiculous the iphone is because it has a 700mb operating system.. that isnt true, that is just how much space is left for things other than music, photos, and video... the rest is saved for the os, sms, contacts, email, etc... seems like sms is one of the things that didnt get enough storage space...
 

ianbeerent

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Jun 25, 2007
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i had a suspicion of this myself... i think apple put a cap on sms storage space, along with many other things.. i think they did this simply for the ipod function of the phone... this way, they can say that there is 7.24gb of storage in itunes, and that will never change, because everything that you do on the phone is set on how much it can hold... so that 7.24gb number will never change, and if you fill it up to 7.24gb of music, the phone can still recieve sms, email, etc because they have their own storage space that you cant touch.. not sure how you could get around this...

i remember reading an article that said something about how ridiculous the iphone is because it has a 700mb operating system.. that isnt true, that is just how much space is availible for the ipod on the phone, the rest is saved for the os, sms, contacts, email, etc
ughhh!!! this is so frustrating. So what if i sync it to my iTunes... will it save all my old texts? (even the ones i have to delete off of my phone?)

this is on topic, but a little bit different... is there any way to delete individual texts in a thread? because i could delete some of the old texts my gf texted... but i don't want to lose the stuff she sent yesterday, you know what i mean?


why don't you want to delete the messages?? Are you going to use them as reference sometime in the future?? lol, just delete them
i just want to keep them for reference, it comes in handy more than you would think. (like, classic drunk-texted messages... i never want to delete those. c'mon.)
 

Karpfish

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Sep 24, 2006
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one thing I love about my BB Curve is that the limit is, well, non-existent. I had well over 2,000 txts on my phone until yesterday. I also keep all my old emails on it, they do come in handy. I got an email from a newspaper editor(I'm a photographer) a while ago and I needed to email him about something, so I just searched my inbox and got the email.
 

spyz

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Jul 6, 2007
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I mean is there really a reason to keep all those text messages? I mean you paid for them so Im sure you want to keep them but cmon how many you need.
 

ianbeerent

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Jun 25, 2007
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so apparently, it filled up yesterday. But, all it said was "inbox almost full, please delete messages". It never actually told me it was full. Also, it let me send messages, but I couldn't get any back.

Wow. Wow. I really love my iPhone, but the texting just sucks
 

kajbjo

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Dec 13, 2008
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the iphone can hold unlimited text messages...

..it just keeps archiving the old one's.. you can retrieve as far back as you have space.

I myself think it's great to save texts for proof of things you might need or to look old stuff up etc.. I usually dont delete texts especially from good friends or family..

However, after installing the iOS5 Beta, I too get the "your sms mailbox is full"! :eek:
 

electblake

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Oct 13, 2011
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Solution

So after a lot of googling, I started following this thread:
https://discussions.apple.com/message/16358150#16358150

and although some had discovered that after getting your total # of texts down to 61-65,000 was a solution, apparently the real deal is:

the solution is deleting all your pictures and videos out of your text message inbox, it really doesn't matter how many text messages you delete.

https://discussions.apple.com/message/16358150#16358150
Hopefully between apple.com & macrumours.com the word will get out quickly (there are ALOT of frantic threads out there)
;)