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Questions tagged [sms]

Short Message Service (SMS) is a text messaging service component of phone, web, or mobile communication systems, using standardized communications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages between fixed line or mobile phone devices.

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How can I export or extract my text messages to a file?

I would like to save all of my text messages that are on my phone to a file on my computer. The WP cloud did a good job of saving them across new devices and software resets, but I'm going back to a ...
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How can I backup my SMS

I need to restore my phone. How can I make a backup of my text messages on my computer? Is it possible to restore text messages on the new phone?
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What can be backed up?

I just read this Q: How can I backup my SMS I am curious about what any other thing IS or IS NOT possible to back up in my phone? I expect a list of things that CAN be backed up a list of those ...
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No SMS notifications windows 10

I've upgraded my 640 and have lost SMS notifications. Not sure if it's something I did or not but Settings / System / Notifications & Actions / Messaging is turned on. Battery saver settings have ...
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How to recover text messages?

I had my back-up on, but I mistakenly deleted my few text messages. I was wondering if there is any way that I can recover them back. It is very important, any help would be appreciated.
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Can you do group text messages with iPhone users?

One of the nice things I have with my current iPhone is the ability to do a group message with other iPhone users in the Messaging app. An iPhone user starts a conversation with me and a few others (...
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Is SMS to computer possible?

I have a nokia lumia 900, and when I am working on the computer I would like to receive my sms messages on my computer rather than having to stop what I'm doing to check my phone. Plus it's just ...
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Group text messaging with iPhone users [duplicate]

I previously asked this question, regarding using a Windows phone to hold group text message conversations with iPhone users. I finally got my Windows 8 phone, and that answer turns out to be ...
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Multiple contact numbers of the same person : which number has been used

If a person in my contacts has more than one phone number and when he/she calls , the call log just shows all the numbers. How to figure out which number he/she used to call. (SMS as well)
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Why I can't choose the number for contact with multiple numbers when I send a SMS?

When I send a SMS to a contact who has two numbers,Windows Phone doesn't give an option to choose which number should receive the SMS. Why Windows Phone doesn't ask me to choose which number I want to ...
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Call contact from “messaging”

When I receive sms message, I want to call this contact immediately, but I have to navigate to my address book, search for contact and call it from there. Am I missing something, is there a way to ...
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Why SMS app won't save drafts?

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 ...
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How can I change the phone number of contact when writing SMS?

When I am writing SMS in some existing thread, the SMS is going to be sent to number from which the last SMS came. But if the contact has more than one number, how can I choose different phone number?...
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SMS: phone numbers

I'm not sending my phone number by default, so for those I want it to see I have *31# as a prefix. As that number doesn't work for SMS, I usually enter the phone number a second time into Pager. ...
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Where does SMS backup on WP8 actually back up to? Is it user accessible?

I have SMS backup turned on, and it should sync to the outlook.com account I've used to set up the phone (it's a gmail login though) Does it store it somewhere I can see old sms messages, or is it ...
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Not able to send SMS from my Lumia 640 XL LTE?

I bought a new Lumia 640 XL LTE and after inserting SIM, I am able to call and receive SMS but not able to send text messages. Can anyone suggest what might be the issue and do I need to change any ...
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Text messages no longer associated with contact

My neighbour has a Nokia Lumia 520 and accidentally linked an existing contact ("Person A") with a new contact that he created ("Person B"). This has had some side-effect where Windows Phone seemed ...
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Custom SMS ringtone for authentication SMS?

Most of the time, I can set my custom SMS ringtones for individual contacts just fine. On my Android device, I was used to having a specific, quiet tone for authentication SMS. On my Lumia 640 with ...
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How can i check my Windows Phone Messages in outlook

Previously I have an option to check my text messages in outlook. When i tried with the link it is opening my outlook mails. Is there any way to check my text messages or to backup?
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Personalise ringtone for SMS or mail

I looked to that post to personalise ringtones. But ringtones are not available as 'Alerts'. Do you think there's any way to do it?
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Can I View SMS online

Since Windows Phone syncs photos, videos, apps settings and SMS to the cloud (OneDrive), Did Microsoft provides any URL to read the synced SMSs online?
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How to disable alerts/notification for operator confirmation on sms

I have seen the settings where the sms delivery confirmation can be turned off, but what I need to do is to disable the notification that comes on top. Any way to get this done on Windows Phone 8, I ...
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Messaging (SMS) app missing from Windows 10 Mobile build 10536

The SMS (Messaging) app is missing on my Microsoft Lumia 535 dual-SIM with Windows 10 Mobile TP build 10536.1004 after resetting. How can I get it back?
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How can I stop or turn off mobile operator notifications for SMS?

How can I turn off SMS notifications from my mobile operator? I get a notification each time I send a text and it is really annoying.
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How to send multiple SMS from desktop through Windows Phone?

Is there some way to edit and send SMS from a desktop PC through Windows Phone , via USB ? Sent to approx. thirty numbers. The message is similar, however each includes some info specific to the ...
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No Audio/Vibrate Notifications for Texts when Phone Locked

A few days ago my Lumia 950 (AT&T) acted up, and now for some reason I get absolutely zero sound on texts when the phone is locked. Let be more clear: if I am using any app (or home screen, start ...
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Can I get it to automatically send an SMS when covereage is restored?

On my old Android phone if I tried to send a text message when I was somewhere without coverage it would then automatically send the message when I returned to somewhere with coverage. My new Windows ...
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Copy a single word from an sms text message

What gestures would I need to use in order to copy a single word from an sms text message onto the clipboard? So far I have figured out that it is possible to copy the entire message by holding my ...
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Lumia 520 doesn't ring or shows any sign of incoming call or message when locked

When My Lumia is locked (I mean when it generally asks for Password), it doesn't respond to calls or messages. When I unlock the phone it does alert me on incoming calls and can see all the calls, ...
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How to search text messages

I remember getting a text a long time ago but I text tons with this person so there are too many sms messages to look through. How do I search my text messages for a specific phrase?
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how to stop the SMS on lumia 520 from converting to mms?

The text messages that I am trying to send using lumia 520 are converting to MMS. How do I stop this?
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Is there an App to automatically forward SMS to email?

Is there an app that automatically get all the SMS received on a Windows Phone and forward them in my email? iPhone has an option to do that and Android has Apps that can do this task. Can I do this ...
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Prevent outward SMS Text Messages

I have a Lumia 525 running Cyan. Is there any way to bar all apps or the system to send outgoing SMSs. Or atleast ask for a password/PIN or permission before any SMS is sent? EDIT: The reason ...
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How do I print out sms message?

I may need to use some SMS message as part of a legal dispute, therefore how can I print them out?
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Does Family Room chat messages count as SMS?

We started using family room, but my sister is in another country and I wonder if chat messages are counted as SMS? Or are messages sent over the web?
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Curse words and dictionary

This behaviour I have observed with the Polish dictionary, but I'm assuming that it applies to other languages similarly. I've noticed that the dictionary in Windows phone seems to ignore curse words....
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How can I retrieve a deleted conversation in my text messages on Nokia Lumia 635?

I had a whole important conversation in my text messages and I accidentally deleted it. I haven't backed-up my phone in two weeks, so I'm wondering if there's a chance to get back that conversation ...
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A recycle bin app for Windows phone?

The other day I somehow managed to delete some of my important messages (text) and immediately it reminded me of my old Samsung duos slider (non-android) phone which had a recycle bin that stored the ...
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Incongruous timestamps in SMS

I was texting with my wife, and all of a sudden the time stamps didn't seem to line up right for awhile. As you can see, it seems as if some of my responses were sent to her before she sent her texts....
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No text message notifications at all

Some time ago my phone stopped giving any notifications when I receive text messages. Given the nature of the problem I have no idea when exactly this happened, as I just thought that I wasn't getting ...
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How to block non-numbers?

Recently I've been getting promotional SMS messages, and I'd like to block them. Problem is, they don't seem to be coming from an actual phone number, instead the sender shown is the name of the ...
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How can I access a picture that was texted to me?

I got a text with a picture attached. I can see the picture, but I can't seem to save it or access it any other way. Say I wanted to get it to my PC, how can I do that? This is a Lumia 920 with the ...
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Can I set different message tones for SMS based on the sender or content

At my workplace we have a paging system and when I'm on call I can get paged anytime. The messages that the paging system sends start the same way, is there a way that I could set a different ringtone ...
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Is it possible to forward an SMS?

In the UK, individuals are advised to forward unsolicited SMS messages to 7726 (or, on vodafone, 87726). Is it possible to forward an SMS using a Windows Phone device? if so, how?
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Repeat unread SMS and missed calls alerts?

Is it possible to repeat unread SMS alert and missed calls tune (Lumia 535)? Similar functionality on iOS:
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Get all the text messages(SMSs) on my phone as a file on my computer [duplicate]

I have a Nokia Lumia 710 which is running Windows Phone 7.8. I would like to get all the text messages I have on my phone as a text file on my computer. There seems to be solution for phones running ...
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Sometimes my phone will not send text messages

Has anyone else had this issue? It all started after the GDR3 update I think. Now I am on the latesting Windows Phone 8.1 preview update that came out yesterday (May 14, 2014). I haven't experienced ...
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How to automatically forward all sms from Windows 10 mobile to PC?

Is there an app or settings to allow me to automatically forward all my SMS from my Windows 10 mobile (phone) to my windows 10 PC (email or an app like is available for iPhones and android phones)? ...
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Access SMS and Whatsapp messages via pc

My mother's windows 8 phone has a broken screen which won't respond to any touch input. I would like to access the sms and whatsapp messages so they can be transferred to another phone. Is there an ...
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Why doesn't messaging app convert smiley shortcut codes to smileys?

Why does messaging app Windows 10 Mobile doesn't automatically convert smiley shortcut codes to smileys? Because it is very irritating for me when I receive messages with lots of smileys and I don't ...