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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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      • John Smith commented  · 

        Archiving would make Textra perfect.

      • jules commented  · 

        Please Add archive for a complete conversation !

      • Jarek commented  · 

        Yes Please add Archive message :)

      • Mark Lienard commented  · 

        Disappointment to find no archive feature. Please add it!

      • Megan Wardle commented  · 

        YES I AGREE THAT TEXTRA WOULD BE EVEN MORE AMAZING WITH AN ARCHIVE FEATURE!!!

      • Terry Brown commented  · 

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        bye bye Textra, just tried you out but now finding out you can't archive

      • Bob commented  · 

        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.

      • TAMAKIO ASKEW commented  · 

        I'm not getting a notification sound anymore while on the phone.

      • Eric Cotts commented  · 

        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  · 

        I agree, this is the only reason I left Textra. Archive is a must!

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        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  · 

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

      • Rhonda commented  · 

        Workaround: Tap the three-dot at the top of the message. Use Share As Email to email it to yourself. Not as handy as built-in archive would be, but it works.

      • Judy commented  · 

        Used Textra for years before discovering archive feature in Google Messages and had to switch. Please hurry and add so I can come back!

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Same here. Have to have ARCHIVE. When this feature is added, I will come back!!!

      • Karl commented  · 

        I was so excited about Textra! But now I'm realizing that it can't archive messages like Google Messenger! Great app, but this is a deal breaker. Back to the old app!

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        I need archive feature, leaving textra due to the lack of this feature.

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