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Archive Messages

Rather than just permanently delete messages, it would be fantastic if you could archive messages. This was one of the features in Google Hangouts that I used the most and found incredibly helpful.

Sometimes you want to clean up your inbox so you don't have hundreds of conversations floating around in it that you have to scroll through, but you don't necessarily want to lose some conversations forever by deleting them. The ability to Archive conversations in order to move them out of the main inbox view and into a separate archive view for later reference or search would be perfect here, and I believe would appeal to many users.

See the Google Hangouts app for more details on how this could and should work. Would love to see it in Textra! It would make it truly stand apart from the competition!

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  • Grant commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think I'm finally leaving this app for Messages even after paying for it. This is such a common feature, and it was requested 5 years ago!

  • Cathy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am just about finished getting everything set up and customized so I can make the switch to Textra. However, the lack of ability to archive message threads is a serious deficit for this otherwise great app. I really hope I haven't wasted hours on all of this. I need archive functionality or the ability to cluster messages together, maybe in folders or with tags. I hope the developer responds with a meaningful answer to let users know if this function will ever be addressed/added.

  • Peter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am deleting this app because there is no archive support. I have been a pro user for years, but I miss responding to some messages because they get buried

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I love the app, but hate that you can't archive messages. Has this really been a feature request for years, with no change? :(

  • Marco Beijen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Archive is a must, when you receive x amount of text messages it is too easy to forget about following up on that text message you received while doing something else. Especially when you received 10 others right after.

  • Debbie H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I need to delete my earlier msgs and leave msgs for the past year and 1/2. I have msgs going back to 2015. How can I do this as a mass option, without having to delete thousands of msgs individually? Thanks

  • Michael commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don't see why this feature can't be implemented. In fact the lack of it is tempting me to replace Textra with another SMS client which I don't wish to do.

  • Karl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I really really really want to use Textra - I even paid for it. But I just can't without this feature. Messenger, pulse, and other apps do this easily, so maybe I don't understand something. It's now a common refrain from my friends, too.

  • John Grill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is literally the one thing that stopped me from using it as my everyday messaging app. Everything else about it is so clean and user-friendly. I just don't have a need to see all my messages every time I load the app. I don't want them deleted, just archived away.

  • Matthew Jackson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Not sure how textra does everything but no simple archive feature. I don't want everyone I've ever texted to be on my main screen. Is this feature ever coming?

  • Scavar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's silly but this is legitimately the one thing making it difficult for me to switch from Messages permanently. So simple to archive stuff in Messages.

  • Terry Brown commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Tried Bob's suggestion (archive in Google Messages, then delete in Textra). Don't think it works, when I deleted the messages from Textra the disappeared from the archived conversations list in Google Messages. So advising against that. Share via email doesn't seem ideal either, doesn't include images.

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