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Where on the file system are SMS messages stored?

Where in the file system are SMS messages stored? I'm using ES File Explorer to browse around but can't seem to find this - is it on the phone or the SD, and where? I have an HTC Wildfire but I ...
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How do I backup and restore SMS Messages?

How do I backup and restore SMS Messages?
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How do I send SMS from PC through Android Phone or to Android Phone?

I'm looking for an app that will let me type text messages on my PC and send the SMSs directly from the PC through my phone, or save the messages to the phone for later use. I'm basically looking at ...
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How can I be informed through my computer if a new SMS is received?

While I'm working with my computer, my mobile lies next to me and every time I receive a new SMS or WhatsApp message, I have to grab the phone, read the message and answer it. So it would be really ...
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Is there any way to change the emoticons in the standard android sms app?

The green robot smilies are incredibly irritating, IMO. I'm open to suggestions of other SMS apps that have different emoticons as well, but the few I've looked at seem to just skin the standard SMS ...
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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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Apps are not allowed by Google to read SMS messages, but why can they read OTP SMS directly?

Termux:API app has a command termux-sms-list to list SMS messages on the Termux terminal. However, the wiki says that it is not supported anymore because of Google. Usage of this API is no longer ...
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How can I prevent my device from automatically converting SMS to MMS?

The Galaxy S I9000 messaging app automatically converts long SMS messages to MMS. How can I disable this?
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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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How do I turn off auto-complete when texting?

Does anyone know how to turn off the auto-complete feature when texting? Sometimes I just want to text and not have my device try and tell me what I'm thinking. Other times this is OK, but I just ...
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How do I set a custom SMS tone for a single contact?

If it matters any I have an HTC Desire Z with the original Sense install. We have this monitoring service at work that keeps an eye on the various servers and starts frantically SMS'ing me whenever ...
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Backup/Restore SMS/MMS via ADB on a non-rooted device?

Is there any way to backup/restore SMS and MMS messages using ADB, when the device is not rooted? adb pull won't work here, as the corresponding database (/data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/...
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How does an app reads an OTP SMS without SMS permission?

I have recently installed an Android app from the Play Store. While registering in it, I realized that it was able to read my message of OTP without even asking for my permission to read the message. ...
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Android Read recent SMS messages from command line

I have recently broken my Android's screen. (Again) Its a T-Mobile G2 Trying to keep up with my busy technology related life is hard enough without losing my link with everyone. I have rooted the ...
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Temporarily protect email/sms when giving device to others?

Say my cousin wants to play with my phone/tablet for a while. Let's pretend I'm really nice and pleased to let him play with it as long as he wants, but deep inside I'm a little worry about him ...
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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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Can I forward/reply calls/SMS to PC?

I wonder if it's 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, is it possible?
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Auto forward sms to Telegram messenger Group

I'm a volunteer firefighter and I receive emergency calls and at the same time an "emergency SMS". I'd like to forward those incoming SMS to a group in Telegram/WhatsApp, so my family and friends know ...
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Can the Nexus 7 send and receive GSM texts and calls?

The Nexus 7 3G is out and I'm wondering whether Android 4.2 tablets are still data-only devices. Can I install a custom ROM or apk to this tablet so that I can send and receive GSM calls and text ...
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Is there an app that will vocalize (text to speech) a message (SMS)?

When I'm driving with a headset active (Bluetooth or wired), I want my Android to read me any incoming text messages. Any references?
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Different notification sounds for sms and email?

Is there a way to use different sounds for a sms text alert and an email alert? I can't find the setting. I'm on HTC Hero, Android 2.1
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What's "creation mode" in the Galaxy S's offical messaging application?

If you open the official messaging App, go to menu then settings, there is a setting "creation mode" which has the following options (in that order): restricted warning free What does this change? ...
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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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Text multiple people on Nexus 5 - KitKat / Hangouts 2.3

I have been unable to figure this out. I have seen multiple instructions online but none of them describe what I see on my phone. I am running the latest KitKat and Hangouts and I want to create a new ...
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Rooted phone - sending SMS message via command line

I have a rooted Droid (Sholes), with ConnectBot installed. I can ssh into it via dropbear copied to /system/xbin, and/or also the instance of Debian installed on it via the "Linux Installer" ...
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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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Archive SMS messages, without extra permissions

Answers to the following question list a number of Android apps that can be used to backup SMS messages: How do I backup and restore SMS Messages? However, all of the applications mentioned in the ...
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How to transfer text messages from iPhone to Android with iOS 5?

I'm trying to switch from an iPhone 3GS to a Galaxy SII and got multiple questions. This one concerns migrating text messages (SMS). I've found quite some articles, basically, they fall into two ...
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How do I send a contact via SMS?

I would like to send two contacts (name+phone nr) to one of my contacts. This is a simple menu-option on my old Sony Ericsson. How can I do this on Android? I'm not in the same building as the ...
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I installed another SMS application, now I get notified twice

I have a Google Nexus One with Android 2.2. I didn't like the default SMS-application so I installed Handcent-SMS. Now when I get an SMS, I get notified twice. How can I fix this?
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How do I delete a draft message (SMS)?

I have created a draft message using the standard HTC Desire message application. However I now want to delete the draft. When I select the thread I see my previous message, and my draft text below. ...
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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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How to disable SMS preview displayed over a locked screen?

On an Android device (HTC Desire S if that matters) with a locked screen whenever an SMS is received it's preview is displayed over the locked screen. This is super inconvenient - anyone who is nearby ...
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How to keep Hangouts from adding a "1" before SMS shortcode?

I frequently use SMS shortcodes to get my account balance from my bank. I send a text message to the bank's short code (in this case, 728464), and my bank replies with a text message containing my ...
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How can I send an SMS message to a group?

I want to send an SMS message to a group of people either in a contact group or maybe selected from a list of contacts. How can I do that?
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Send SMS instead of MMS when texting multiple people

When I put more than one person as the recipient to my message my Samsung Galaxy S3 vibrates and says it's converting to MMS. When I send my message I know at least one person is not getting the ...
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How feasible is it to use Google Voice for all calls and texts?

I'm considering getting an Android phone, and one thing that I'd like to do is drop my texting plan, and do all texting over wifi/data using Google Voice. If I do this, I need the following things to ...
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How do you delete thousands of text messages at once?

I have a HTC Vivid and need to delete about 30,000 texts. Every time I try to do it, it freezes my phone. The same thing happens when I try to create a backup.
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Text-to-speech reader for Google Voice SMS text messages?

There are a bunch of apps for reading your phone's "native" SMS text messages, but I couldn't find anything for Google Voice, nor could I find any apps that can generically read text in other apps (...
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Huawei Ascend P1 is sending SMS automatically everyday

I bought a Huawei Ascend P1 and installed some apps. But for the past 3-4 days, I see an alert that an SMS has been sent and 1.50 INR has been deducted. How will it unlock and send an SMS? I found ...
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What does locking an SMS message do?

I have noticed that long clicking an SMS message brings up a menu containing a "Lock message" option. What does this do? I have a Nexus S.
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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 from ...
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Retrieving text messages from stolen Android phone

My Samsung Galaxy Nexus was stolen the other night. Is it possible to retrieve my texts and save them to my computer if I know the phone number and IMEI? I have a Gmail account set up on the phone but,...
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How can I deal with mass texts from an Apple phone when using an Android phone?

Occasionally one of my friends using an iPhone will send out a mass text, and for the next few days I get spammed with texts from all the other numbers they sent it to, most of them unidentified on my ...
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Is there a way to recover a deleted SMS?

I deleted an entire SMS thread by mistake from my HTC Wildfire. Is there any way I can retrieve that thread ?
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How can I attach a default sms template text to a specific contact number?

I would like to attach a certain text to a specific contact number to used as default text when I want to send a text. In other words: as soon as I select a contact to send a text message to: some ...
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Proper PC Suite for android? [closed]

I was expecting Android Phones to have some powerful PC Suite, but apparently not. I'm looking for application that can: manage my phone files (audio/photo), calendar (ms outlook independent) add/...
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I can't send a picture attachment together with a text message any more ( Samsung Galaxy S). Any idea why?

I tried to send a text message - attaching a photo already on my phone ( the first time ) and attaching a picture taken at time of send ( the second time ). However, when I try to send this text ...
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"Converting to multimedia message" when forwarding large SMS

When I receive a large SMS and when I select "Forward" from options, it shows "Converting to multimedia message" and I'm getting charged more. Furthermore, if the person on receiving end doesn't have ...
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Where is CP Message stored?

Today I got a message from my carrier. My phone (Galaxy Note 2) opened it in a screen titled 'CP Message' (I don't know if this was another app). I installed the file that my carrier sent to me. ...
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