Permanently Delete Texts?

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    Okay so I'm a new Droid X user and I can delete a thread from a contact, but I went through and found a "recent" folder that still has all the texts in it.. I have nosy people around me and don't want these messages found. Nothing I do allows me to clear the folder or delete those messages.. help??

    Oh and I just tried deleting the contact and that erased all messages but I don't want to have to do that every time..
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    If you go into your textmessaging app, then hit the menu button, you should be able to delete all texts.
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    So yeah, I know exactly what Shibby is talking about.
    Basically I can delete test messages from the test message field. The problem there in lies off the HOME screen. At the very bottom you have a phone icon, and apps icon, and a contacts history icon. If you go into the contacts history icon (the little man) it shows all the history, calls and texts. I too have extremely nosy people in my life and they have no business looking at my business. I have also found that the only way to delete previous texts is by deleting the contact. But that isn't realistic. Side note: I went directly into a Verizon store and 2 technicians were stumped and couldn't help me either. If I don't figure this out by Monday, this phone is going back.
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    Bump I know this belongs in droid x forums but you never know who may have the answer
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    Have you tried going into settings>applications>manage applications>handcent then clearing the data and cache?
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    Really? Over something that minor?
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    "Really? Over something that minor?"

    Yeah, it's a huge deal to me unfortunately. Sometimes my bf send me things I don't want my 11 year old son seeing and he's always playing on my phone. so yeah.. over something that minor I would exchange it. I'm considering the incredible or the 1st droid.
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    On your homescreen press your menu key, go to settings>applications>manage applications, hit your menu key again, then change the filter to show all your apps. Go to the text messaging app that your using, either handcent or the stock app, clear data then clear cache. See if that works.

    If it doesn't then try this out: mount your SD card via a computer's USB connection, see if the texts are stored in a folder there.

    I'll take a look at my GF's X tonight and see whats up with this then post back tomorrow with results. Post back here if either of these methods work.
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    Wow, No need to bite one's head off...
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    O no I'm sorry didn't mean to come off like that I'm sorry.lol seriously I'm to passive to bite

    Anyone head off lol. :0)
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    errr... o_O

    did you try it?
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    Thanks everyone.. I've tried everything and the fact that one of you took it back to the Verizon store and had THEM stumped isn't very comforting. It's pretty stupid to have to delete a contact just to get rid of any history. It should just delete when I've deleted the thread, but it doesn't. I can't even figure out a way to delete the folder. I don't know what else to do and this is a huge inconvenience to me. I didn't even know the folder was there.. i found it by accident. Glad I did though.. this is really pissing me off lol
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    ok...one more time...

    mount your SD card on your computer, see if the file is there in the root of the SD card, or in one of the subfolders maybe SD/data.

    post back here to atleast acknowledge that my responses aren't dissappearing into oblivion :p
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    Sorry mike lol I haven't tried that option yet I don't have access to a computer 24/7 but hopefully tomorrow I can try it.. In the mean time I'll continue to delete the contact as needed, but man is that a pain in the butt. I've read several other posts regarding this and everyone seems to have the same issue with no solution.. Stupid moto. Thanks again mike and I'll be sure to let yu know over the next few days how that goes
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    Phew...and here I was thinking that I had been sucked into a black hole with no hope of escape... I mean, its dark in the room, but not so dark that matter, light, and posts can't escape. :) The thing is, the data needs a location to be stored. I'm hoping that its stored on the SD card, and not in the phone's memory. I'm thinking this is so for a handful of reasons.
    1. If it's stored in the phones memory, and theres no way to delete it through the phones options, then theres no way to delete them at all, and in time the phone's memory would be full, effectively semi-bricking it.
    2. The first reason leads to this conclusion. Why would they fill your phone up with texts that cant be deleted and take up valuable phone storage space. Seems like they would definitely want to point a feature like that towards your SD card.

    Also, what messaging app are you using? The stock app, or an alternative like chomp or handcent
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    All righty, just took a look at the problem and heres the solution.

    1. open your phone/dialer app. The one that you use to make calls
    2. go to your recent tab
    3. press your menu button, its the far left one with the squares
    4. select 'clear list'
    5. click 'clear' from options menu

    remember that the buttom buttons on the droid have different functions depending on what screen/app your using. If all else fails, hit the menu button and explore the options. (I'd like to vote for that last sentence to be added to the unspoken list of 'droid rules')

    post back if you have any problems

    also, sorry if some of these steps seemed obvious or like I was over doing it, I just wanted to be sure I included every step
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    Hey Mike I tried your last suggestion and its a no go. Still all there. I called Verizon as well and they have no help as of now. I still haven't got the prompt for the UPDATE yet, but it was suppose to be out by today (as of 7:32 p.m. Pac)
    I'm hoping the update will fix this problem even though it hasn't mentioned that it will. The longer I have the phone the more I like it :eek:(
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    Got the new update... :) didn't fix the problem tho :( don't really notice anything different since the update to be honest.. D@mn it.
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    I installed a home replacement on my GF's X. Since there is no way access those files, this should kind of "fix" your issue. Not sure why they would make a file that can't be deleted like that... any way, I would suggest either "advanced launcher" or "launcher pro".
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    I'm sorry Mike.. but say what? lol Completely new to smart phones. What's a home replacement? Advance launcher? & Launcher pro?
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