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

  • 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, 2012 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? Aug 27, 2012 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, 2012 at 17:06
  • @Sparx I will try out Handcent (good reviews), but GoSMS has lots of people hating on it Aug 27, 2012 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, 2012 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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