How to Archive Text Messages on Android (and More)

In this post, you will see:

  • How to forward a text message
  • How to archive text messages
  • How to delete text messages
  • How to Schedule an SMS
  • How to enable or disable delivery reports
  • How to enable or disable Dark Mode in the Messages app
  • How to add a signature to SMS
  • Additional notes

Let’s start.

How to forward a text message

Open the Messages app.

Open a conversation that contains the message you want to forward.

Press the desired message for a long time. Press the three vertical dots at the top and then tap Forward.

Now in the Forward message pop-up you will see the numbers for which you have sent or received a message. If you find the number you want, tap on it and then see step 7. Otherwise, press the New message option.

I chose the option New message. Now you can look at this screen where you can see the To box.

Enter the name, phone number or e-mail address in the To field. If you enter an e-mail address, remember that the message will be forwarded as MMS. Select the contact, or it’s number you prefer, or use the Enter key on your keyboard, depending on which one you type.

Now you can see the message in compose field. Edit the message in the compose field if you want.

Click on the Send icon and the message will be forwarded.

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How to archive text messages

Open the Messages app.

Select the conversation(s) you want to archive.

Click on the archive icon next to the trash can icon at the top.

It is important to note that the archived conversation is automatically when it receives a message or when you send a message from it.

How to view archived conversations

Click the three vertical dots at the top and then tap Archived.

You can now view the conversations you have archived.

How to unarchive archived conversations

Select the archived conversation(s) and click the Unarchive at the top.

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How to permanently delete text messages

Note: Check this post if you want to delete SMS on iPhone.

Back up your Android smartphone SMS if you want. If you need help, please read our instructions here.

How to delete text message(s) from a conversation

Open the Messages app.

Open a conversation that contains the message(s) you want to delete.

Now select the text message(s) you want.

Tap the trash can icon at the top.

In the pop-up window, select Delete.

How to delete conversation(s)

Launch the Messages app.

Select the conversation(s) you prefer.

Tap the trash can icon at the top.

In the pop-up window, select Delete.

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How to delete all conversations at once

Install and open the SMS Backup & Restore app.

Tap the Get Started button. Provide permissions.

Now you can see the main screen.

Tap the three vertical lines > Tools > Delete messages or call logs.

In the pop-up, select Messages and tap Yes.

You will now see a pop-up saying that you need to temporarily set up the SMS Backup & Restore app as the default SMS app to complete this “delete” task, and tap OK.

In the pop-up, select “SMS Backup & Restore” and then click Set as default.

That’s it.

Once the messages are deleted, set the app you use for SMS as the default SMS app.

How to schedule an SMS on Android

Install and open the AutomateIt app. Now you need to create a rule for scheduling the SMS.

Click My Rules > + icon.

Tap “Time Trigger.” Set a time and repeat the text message you want to send. Press “Next.”

Click on “Send SMS Action.” Provide permissions.

Now type the message in the “SMS Text” section. Click the icon in the “Phone Number” section and select a phone number. Tap “Next.”

Enter the name of the rule and then click on the “Save” icon at the top.

That’s it. From now on, the app sends an SMS with the message you’ve set as per the time and repeat you’ve set.

If you want to delete the rule, proceed as follows:

Click on “My Rules.”

Find and tap the rule.

Press the option “Delete Rule.”

Click “Yes” in the pop-up.

How to enable or disable delivery reports

Here’s how you can turn it on or off:

Open the Messages app on your Android device.

Tap the three vertical dots at the top > Settings > Advanced.

Turn on (to enable) or off (to disable) the Get SMS delivery reports option.

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How to activate Dark Mode in the Messages app

Open the Messages app.

Hit the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.

In the menu you will see the “Choose theme” option between Messages for web and Archived. Press it.

In the pop-up you will see the following options:

  • Light – Disable dark mode.
  • Dark – Activate dark mode.
  • System default – The status of the Android Dark Mode is applied to the Messages app.

Choose the one you prefer.

How to add a signature to text messages on Android

Install and open the Textra SMS app.

Tap the “Start Using Textra” button.

In the pop-up, select “Textra” and click “Set as default” to make Textra your SMS app.

You are now on the main screen.

Tap the three vertical dots at the top.

Click on “Settings.”

Find and press “Signatures.”

Tap the “+” icon at the bottom.

Press the Enter key in the pop-up and then enter your signature. By default, the first line of the signature is not added under the message, so I suggest that you press the Enter key before entering your signature.

Then tap “Okay.”

That’s it.

From now on, your outgoing SMS will contain your signature.

Additional notes

If you want to mark all messages as read, press the three vertical dots in the app and then “Mark all as read.”

If you want to see blocked and spam conversations, press the three vertical dots in the app and then “Spam & blocked.”

To set the country, go to the settings of the app. Click “Your current country.” Select the country.

Remember that the “Automatically detected” option lets the app recognize your country.

To enable or disable spam protection in the app:

In the settings of the app, click Spam protection.

Enable (to turn on) or disable (to turn off) the toggle switch.

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