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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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      • 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.

      • Bob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Here's my work around: Keep Textra as default text app. When you want to archive, open up Google Messages and archive the messages you want to archive. Then go back to Textra and delete all the messages you just archived. The message will always be available in Google Messages so you can search and add to your replies, etc. This keeps your Textra box clean but retains your old messages.

      • Eric Cotts commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Haha. I did a search for how to archive texts in Textra - assuming I'd find the "how to" thread (I mean, archiving HAS to be here, right?) - only to discover this thread. Not gonna lie; I'm kinda sad.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi! Please help me with this. I recently used Textra and Messenger app. However, after doing so, I can no longer receive chats on Textra. Please help.

      • Matt strong commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can't believe this request is approaching 4 years and hasn't happened yet. Textra seems absolutely perfect except for this missing feature!!!

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