I have a few messages in my Messages app from contacts that don't support replies. I've accidentally forwarded a message from one of my other contacts to a non-reply contact, now whenever I look at the main Messages screen, I can see there's a draft under the no-reply contact, however when I enter that contact there's no draft at the bottom, nor any option to see the draft and/or delete it.

Is there any way to get rid of this phantom draft?

  • Trying to reproduce the issue, but I'm not having any luck forwarding to a non reply number. How did you do it? What sms app are you using? And what phone do you have?
    – aBochur
    Nov 29, 2017 at 16:11
  • Using OnePlus 3T on Android 8, using the latest version of Google's Messages app
    – JohnoBoy
    Nov 29, 2017 at 20:35

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After playing around with the app, I've found that this is something that Google messenger has overlooked. They don't have any option of clearing drafts.

After some research I found that it's safe to clear data of your messenger app. This will clear all drafts and unsent messages, but nothing else. To do that, go to settings -> apps -> messages -> storage -> clear data.

Sent and received messages are not stored in the messaging app, rather they are stored in /storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.android.providers.telephony. (You might need a rooted phone to access this) Therefore clearing the app data is not going to delete your messages.

I have tried this myself before recommending such a drastic move. (I did make a backup before that, just in case.)

  • Thanks. I have researched a lot of times until I found this useful solution. Jul 21, 2018 at 13:25

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