How do I get stock SMS app to save my draft messages and appear in conversations for further editing at any time. Many times I write a SMS and do something else with other apps and return back my message then find nothing.

My 📞 Lumia 640XL with Windows 8.1


SMS app do save drafts. To access drafts, follow these steps :

  1. Open Messaging app.
  2. Tap on the three dots (...) located on the bottom right corner. Drafts option in SMS app
  3. Click on drafts.
  4. You will see all your saved messages here. Drafts folder

Note : Any unsent message that is typed will be automatically stored in drafts.

Update : Another method of accessing drafts

If a message is saved in a conversation, you can access the draft by simply clicking on the conversation. These drafts will be available under drafts folder too.

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  • I thought the process was straight forward and seamless as on Android. Why do I have to dig deep to reach those drafts? On Android Any unsent message would be saved as a draft and appear automatically in SMS app without diving in any settings.
    – mms911
    Mar 17 '16 at 4:48
  • @mms911 "On Android Any unsent message would be saved as a draft and appear automatically in SMS app" My answer clearly says that Windows phone does automatically save any unsent message in drafts. You are not diving into any settings. You are clicking the drafts folder in more option. I have updated my answer to add another method to access drafts. I don't understand why you are digging deep to access drafts? All the drafts can be accessed in 2-3 clicks (Message app->Conversation or Message app->More->Drafts)
    – Kolappan N
    Mar 17 '16 at 7:51

In addition to the above answer, If you are sending a text to a specific contact, that is, replying to a thread, the message you'd have typed, but not finished, nor sent, appears under the thread of that contact as a draft in the message input field

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