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I sent an SMS to several contacts, so Android put it in one thread as "Alice, Bob, Charlie, Dylan, Ed, and 5 more". Then Bob and Ed replied, each having their own threads.

Can I merge Bob's and Ed's threads with the multi-contact thread? How do I do that?

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What device do you have? –  Matthew Read May 15 '12 at 19:30
    
@Matthew, it's a Samsung Galaxy S Advanced that came with 2.3.6. I think it should be similar to the S, R, and S2. –  Kit May 16 '12 at 0:05

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From http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1227352 :

I successfully merged SMS threads by creating a backup using SMS Backup & Restore.

Just open the created .xml file in e.g. Notepad++, then replace your contact's old number in the "address" field with the new one. Now load the altered backup file back onto your phone, delete your messages from within the app, and restore your newly created backup file. Although it worked fine for me on the first try, I recommend keeping your initial backup file, and save your editing to a copy - just in case.

Using this method, I also fixed some splitted threads, where one contact with one number got split up in several threads, because of an incorrect number restore from backups when switching phones.

Hope this helps. :)

Here's SMS Backup & Restore

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As far as I know this is not possible in the current Messages app for any of the Android releases.

Maybe you can consider third party SMS apps which handle multi-messages different.

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I successfully merged SMS threads by creating a backup using SMS Backup & Restore.

Just open the created .xml file in e.g. Notepad++, then replace your contact's number in the "address" field according to the number you want to merge with. Now load the altered backup file back onto your phone, delete your messages from within the app, and restore your newly created backup file. Although it worked fine for me on the first try, I recommend keeping your initial backup file, and save your editing to a copy - just in case.

Using this method, I also fixed some splitted threads, where one contact with one number got split up in several threads, because of an incorrect number restore from backups when switching phones.

Hope this helps. :)

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