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I have thousands upon thousands of text/picture messages on my Samsung Galaxy S 2, ice cream sandwich. When I go to open a conversation, the phone stops for a good 30 seconds, even after a fresh reboot. I don't want to delete my messages, but I'm sure if I could somehow limit it to, say, the last 100 messages by default, it would load much quicker. Again, I don't want to delete them, and I still need access to most of the messages, but only on demand

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Are you using the stock SMS app? If so, have you considered using alternatives like Handcent or GoSMS and seeing if their performance differs from the stock app? –  Sparx Aug 27 '12 at 5:45
    
@Sparx I did not know that there existed alternatives... Do they completely take over the system? Or do I need to restart all the conversations? –  Canadian Luke Aug 27 '12 at 5:56
    
Try them out one at a time. Ideally go to the settings of the stock app and disable notifications there to avoid duplicate notifications. Handcent / GoSMS will handle notifications, popups and custom tones far better than the default app. –  Sparx Aug 27 '12 at 17:06
    
@Sparx I will try out Handcent (good reviews), but GoSMS has lots of people hating on it –  Canadian Luke Aug 27 '12 at 17:14
    
Both apps have cycles - at times, Handcent works better and at other times it's Go. Both have different features too, so try them out at your leisure. –  Sparx Aug 28 '12 at 7:53
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Try using an alternative to the stock SMS app like Handcent SMS. A cautionary note - turn off the auto delete option (the option to auto delete messages older than X days).

An additional note - since your SMS store seems quite precious to you, I'd also recommend SMS Backup & Restore. It can backup your SMS at scheduled intervals and also email / upload them to Dropbox if need be.

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Thank you very much, precisely what I'm looking for –  Canadian Luke Aug 28 '12 at 15:25
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