1. regression's Avatar
    I have a Nexus 5 and am using Hangouts for SMS messages. Is there an easy way to delete old messages? The reason I ask is I use SMS Backup & Restore and it takes forever to process my backup file since I have 11,000 or so messages in it. Or, is it best to use a 3rd party app like Textra (I think it has an option to delete old text messages).
    03-12-2014 07:24 AM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I have a Nexus 5 and am using Hangouts for SMS messages. Is there an easy way to delete old messages? The reason I ask is I use SMS Backup & Restore and it takes forever to process my backup file since I have 11,000 or so messages in it. Or, is it best to use a 3rd party app like Textra (I think it has an option to delete old text messages).
    I think you can just longpress the thread of texts to delete for Hangouts. Otherwise Textra does delete threads.
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    03-12-2014 09:16 AM
  3. regression's Avatar
    I think you can just longpress the thread of texts to delete for Hangouts. Otherwise Textra does delete threads.
    OK. I might look at Textra, hopefully it has a feature to delete messages older than X days old...
    03-12-2014 09:21 AM
  4. regression's Avatar
    Looks like Textra doesn't have an option to delete old message, I thought it did. I guess I will look around for another 3rd party texting app that does that.
    03-12-2014 01:36 PM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    As Golfdriver97 mentioned, you can long press any SMS thread and then tap the Delete icon. That should get rid of all messages in that thread.

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    03-12-2014 02:51 PM
  6. regression's Avatar
    As Golfdriver97 mentioned, you can long press any SMS thread and then tap the Delete icon. That should get rid of all messages in that thread.

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    Right, but I am looking to only delete messages older than 30 days, for example. So I don't want to get rid of all messages in a thread, I want to get rid of old messages in all my threads, and have the ability to define what "old" means (ie, older than 30 days, 60 days, etc).
    03-12-2014 03:02 PM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    There is an option for "Delete old messages when storage is low." Open Hangouts, tap the Menu button, then Settings>SMS, and look under Advanced. Would that help?
    03-12-2014 03:45 PM
  8. regression's Avatar
    There is an option for "Delete old messages when storage is low." Open Hangouts, tap the Menu button, then Settings>SMS, and look under Advanced. Would that help?
    Yeah, I might use that, but I was hoping for more control over what gets deleted and when. That option seems a big ambiguous. What is the definition of "storage is low"? IE, how many megs / gigs constitutes low storage?
    03-12-2014 03:51 PM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Yes, it's unclear. Presumably it's the same threshold that triggers a Low Memory warning.
    03-12-2014 03:59 PM

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