Short Message Service (SMS) is a text messaging service component of phone, web, or mobile communication systems, using standardized communications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages between fixed line or mobile phone devices.

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Messaging contacts color change

I got my Galaxy S3 about two weeks ago, and have been texting on it normally. Now, for some reason, when I look at my text log some of the names of my contacts are in blue, while some remain in white. ...
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Recover deleted content from userdata partition?

So it came to pass, that Amanda did have a blonde moment and deleted all her threads in the SMS app by mistake. Yeah, "Delete all threads" probably shouldn't be quite so easy to invoke. The phone's ...
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Accessing the Android Phones SMS and other feature via Data Cable [duplicate]

Is there any way by which I can connect my computer to my HTC Wildfire S and access the SMS (read, compose, delete) without touching the phone? I am looking for something similar but no hope yet. ...
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How to stop a text received from splitting up?

I just got my first Smart phone (Galaxy S II) and it splits up texts longer than 160 characters when I receive them. I often forward these long texts. Is there something I can do?
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Reply-by-SMS with Google Voice

I've got a Samsung Galaxy Nexus running stock Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1. As you probably know, Jelly Bean has a new feature that allows you to "respond-by-SMS" to incoming phone calls. Unfortunately, ...
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Duplicate message thread for same contact

I have a strange problem, occurred after I added a new number to my contacts (google). In the message lists I have a duplicated thread for this contact (only for this one) As you can see below the ...
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Disable emoticons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any way to change the emoticons in the standard android sms app? How do I disable those green smilies in the SMS app? I am using Cyanogen 7.2.0, if that ...
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Unable to access text messaging after updating to ICS

I have a Droid RAZR and the stock messaging app just keeps loading forever and Handcent SMS crashes when I access it. I have tried to leave it be and let it load but nothing happens. I would use SMS ...
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Transferring messages to android from a sqlite db on my laptop

I am a new android user. I switched from nokia to android today only. Been googling around for various solutions to transfer my sms (text messages only) from my old nokia to my new Android (Galaxy Ace ...
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Can an Android text message set off an alarm? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how be woken up by receiving a text message with an Android phone? Is there an Android feature that will allow my phone to set off an alarm when I receive a text message ...
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Strange text messages at five minute intervals with no sender

So I've been having this problem recently where I get these extremely strange text messages being sent to my phone. They have no sender associated with them, and just look like a bunch of gibberish. ...
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How to make Message app search for phone number, not just email

Even if I have the correct information on a person in the contact app, I am unable to make the "To field" in the message app find me the phone number (the auto-suggest feature). All it does is display ...
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Unable to send a text message

When I try to send a text message why does it go to drafts? And I still cant send the message even from drafts.
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What does the SMS limit per conversation do?

On the Samsung Galaxy S3, there is an option under the default SMS application called "Beschränkung für SMS" ("limit for SMS"). It was set to "200 messages per conversation" when I bought the phone. ...
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Can I mark read SMS messages as unread in 2.2?

I've just switched to a Samsung Galaxy Europa from a push-button Sony Ericsson K660, and already I'm finding a few features in the old device that I'm missing in the new one. For example, sometimes ...
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How to transfer text message backup file to my Samsung Galaxy S III?

I used "SMS Backup & Restore" to create an sms.xml file with all my text messages from my old phone. My new phone, Samsung Galaxy S III, can't mount as USB mass storage, so I can't figure out how ...
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Sync SMS inbox and Google Voice

I use Google Voice for my phone, for voicemail and SMS. It is very convenient to read and send texts from my computer, but if I do not use the Google Voice app on my phone (which, unfortunately, is ...
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Forwarding text messages from an android phone to a TCP port of a PC

We are going to have an online poll using SMS in an upcoming ceremony. We also want to show the result of the poll on a large screen using a video projector. The idea that I have is to use an android ...
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Multiple SMS Threads

I have been having a problem with the default SMS client recently and haven't found a solution yet. The problem is that when I am texting with certain friends, there will be two threads going: one ...
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Reset texting settings

I have Google Voice on my Android and originally I didn't have texting, so I checked the box that has it send text from Google Voice all the time. But recently my phone company just randomly gave me ...
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Disable auto formatting of period in SMS?

When I type a domain like example.com, Android automatically formats it like this example. Com Is there a way to disable this?
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SMS Apps as Front-end to Google Voice

Suppose I use Google Voice for text messaging rather than my carrier's SMS plan. Would it be possible to use SMS Apps such as Handcent etc. as the interface or front-end to GV's text messages?
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Preventing installed apps from making calls or sending SMS

It seems like a growing number of (seemingly legitimate) apps casually claim the "Services that cost you money" permissions (making calls and sending SMS) for non-essential secondary features that ...
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Display Text Message on Lock Screen [duplicate]

Is there a way to display unread text messages on the lockscreen? The device I'm using is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus.
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Google Voice Input special characters and symbols no longer working?

I use Google's default voice input all the time, for texting and navigation and searching and such. Previously, if a scenario arose when I needed to include a symbol (such as an exclamation point!) or ...
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Auto retry failed SMS

Sometimes an SMS fails to send but I would not notice it as I already put the phone in my pocket? How do I set Android to automatically retry sending failed SMS?
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Copy Text from SMS pulls wrong text

On my ICS 4.0.4 Nexus S when I go to a message that I've just sent to a person and select it, then 'Copy Text' and somewhere else 'Paste' the text it seems to pull the 4th/5th message above the one ...
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How do I merge SMS threads?

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 ...
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What is the downside of using GO SMS Pro and / or Handcent?

All I've been seeing about these apps are the positives. I want to know the negatives of using them, apart from me having to install an additional app to do something that the phone can already do by ...
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Way to send a barcode via SMS with as little user interaction as possible

I would like to set up a bar code reading app (such as ZXing Team's Barcode Scanner) on an android phone in such way that it would send with as little user interaction as possible (preferably none) ...
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SMS delivery confirmations – are they really deleted?

I am requesting SMS delivery retrieval. When they come instantly, it is no problem to acknowledge them. But when they come after e.g. 1 day, it is possible to miss them?? Does android remember the ...
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Contacts History for SMS Stopped Working

I noticed that when I go to Contacts > History, the last entry for SMS history is February. All text messages made from then on is no longer being logged in the History view. However, all call history ...
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How can I forward texts to my tablet and reply back?

I have a tablet running Android 4.0.1, and a cell phone running 2.2. When I'm working on my tablet, I would like to be able to see my texts and phone calls get forwarded to the tablet, which doesn't ...
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What does “Locked Messages” mean?

When I try to delete a message, I get prompted to select whether to "Delete locked messages". There doesn't appear to be any difference if I check this option or leave it unchecked. Does anyone know ...
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Can I forward/reply calls/sms to PC?

I wonder if its possible to forward calls or sms to PC where I can then reply or at least get notified of a call/sms? For example, calls might be forwarded to Skype, isit possible?
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Manually changing shared_prefs and forcing app to update to it?

I've been trying to figure out if it's possible to disable/enable GO SMS popup notifications via something like Tasker. I came across the following line in ...
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Can I make my phone recognize numbers in both international and local forms as equal?

In an earlier question, I asked how to handle international phone book entries while traveling internationally. The simple answer was simply to store phone numbers in their international form, which ...
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How can I forward SMS via Jabber (XMPP) to read them on a PC?

I want my received SMS to automagically be forwarded via Jabber (XMPP), so I can read them on my current PC. I don't want to send SMS from my computer, though I would not mind the feature as an extra ...
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Integrate Facebook chat and SMS

Is there a way to seamlessly integrate Facebook chat and SMS messaging? I am looking for a method that hides the detail of how a message was sent to a given contact or number as much as possible.
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How can I save a thread from Go SMS Pro to my SD card?

I have tried several things, but haven't found one that works. How can I save a message thread from Go SMS Pro to my SD card?
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Contacts with and without international extensions

I'm in the UK. My Nexus S received its update to 4.0.4 yesterday, and I now have the following problem. If I have a contact with (say) the number 07123456789 and I receive a text from this contact, ...
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Is there a real “Gmail Tap” app?

Gmail Tap, one of Google's April fools, would give the phone a three-keys Morse keyboard. Is there a way to get this functionality for real, preferably for input to any fields?
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profile picture appears in gchat but nowhere else

Has anyone else had problems with their gmail profile pictures only appearing in the gchat message threads, but NOT when sending text messages through the Google Nexus S to other cell phones?? I ...
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SMS-Email Gateway App

Is there any combination of android applications which can connect to a POP3 account and: transfers emails to SMS (by phone number provided in the subject of the email) transfers SMSes to an ...
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Is there a way to cancel a sending message?

While the message is "sending", I discovered that I had sent to the wrong person. Isn't there anything you can do about this? I used to use Nokia. In those older phones (or systems) you simply press ...
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Restoring messages from ClockworkMod backup

Here's the story. Today my phone (modded with Cyanogen mod) started bootlooping. So, I did a ClockworkMod backup and went about installing the latest version of Cyanogen mod. When that was done, I ...
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How can I move incoming messages immediately to the SIM card?

I need to move the incoming messages in my Android phone directly to the sim card. I know I can click the message and move manually to SIM, but I need to do it automatically. I couldnt find that ...
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Disabling smiley key on keyboards with the stock messaging app in ICS

I'm using a custom ROM for ICS on my Samsung Galaxy S. I like being able to create a new line in a text message, but the 'enter' key on all keyboards I use (though primarily Swype) is replaced with a ...
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SMS and Gmail notification volume

Is there an app that can control the volume of notifications for separate apps like SMS and Gmail? I searched around and found a number of old threads that says it's not possible. There was an app ...
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Shortcut to mark all SMS text messages read?

Is there an app that has a homescreen shortcut to mark all SMS text messages as read? Or an app that does this when I run it?