Is it possible to make the downloaded SMS application, "Google Messenger" save just part of a thread in a text conversation on my Moto E Android phone?

Example: I'm chatting back and forth with a friend, a long thread, a long conversation. In one comment bubble, my friend gives me an important address that I want to lock and save, but I want to delete the rest of the thread (all the other bubbles).

I used to be able to do this on an older android phone. It had a different sms app. I don't remember what that app was, but I could delete my entire inbox with the exception of specific comments/bubbles on which I had put locks/saves.

My current phone model number is Moto E (2nd Generation) with 4G LTE.

OS is lollipop 5.1 (I think)

  • Please add OS version and the SMS application you are using-whether stock or downloaded
    – beeshyams
    Commented Feb 7, 2016 at 4:33
  • My operating system number Legal. My SMS application is messenger (Google Messenger) downloaded.
    – hwhinnen
    Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 0:24
  • I meant OS VERSION like KitKat, lollipop etc denoted by 4.4.2 or 5.x.x. you will find that information in settings→ about phone . Edit your question to reflect that so that it is visible instead of searching in comments
    – beeshyams
    Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 1:03
  • Thank you for your help beeshyams. I appreciate your efforts. I ended up scrapping google messenger and using an app called textra instead. It is working great for me. I am very technologically challenged. I appreciate anyone who is willing to try and help a luggernut like me :)
    – hwhinnen
    Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 19:34
  • Oh, and I think my OS is lollipop 5.1 Does that sound correct?
    – hwhinnen
    Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 19:50

1 Answer 1


I think you've answered your own question in your post when you said that you used to be able to do this, but had a different SMS app.

This function, as far as I know, is app specific. I am able to lock messages using ChompSMS on Android 5.0.

Try different SMS apps and see which is best for your needs.

  • Thank you Verdant Drift. Your response was very helpful.
    – hwhinnen
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 5:51

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