10 Replies Latest reply: Aug 6, 2014 8:06 AM by mel683
4kids4me Level 1 (0 points)

I would like to know if there is a way to lock my text messages on my iphone 4s.  I have messages that I would like to save, I was able to do it on my other phone but since I have gotten the Iphone 4s I don't know how to lock my text messages.  Tell me how or point me to an app that will lock them.


Please help me  Thanks



iPhone 4S, iOS 5
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,405 points)

    The iPhone includes no such option and there is not an app that provides for this. 3rd party apps don't have access to private iPhone APIs which a 3rd party app would require.

  • 4kids4me Level 1 (0 points)

    So how do people save important text messages then?

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,405 points)

    Not sure how locking a text message does any saving.


    SMS/MMS are included with the iPhone's backup, which is updated as the first step during the iTunes sync process and now with iOS 5 can be updated via wi-fi with an iCloud account.


    For a backup stored locally on your computer's hard drive, there are a number of 3rd party utilities that provide for extracting select data from the iPhone's backup for access, archiving, and printing from your computer.

  • Templeton Peck Level 9 (61,417 points)

    4kids4me wrote:


    So how do people save important text messages then?


    You get a third party app that runs of your comptuer to back them up.

  • 4kids4me Level 1 (0 points)

    And which 3rd party app is the best.  I'm not sure where my texts are being backup to in iCloud.

  • mamaha1966 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I'm an Android to iPhone user and I REALLY miss being able to lock a text message.

  • MisterBilly Level 1 (0 points)

    Old thread, but the answer is to take a screenshot. I don't know how anyone didn't think of this.

  • MyThoughts718 Level 1 (0 points)

    Double click on the text message you want to keep

    Select copy

    Now go to your email

    Go to write new email

    Double click in message area to Paste the text message

    Send the email to yourself

    Now save your email in a folder to keep forever!

  • timothymallon Level 1 (0 points)

    The one of many reasons someone may want to lock a text message is really very simple. Perhaps its something important and they want to reference later in text. Perhaps they often times delete old messages but want a picture of their girlfriend to stay there. And not to mention, deleting old messages but having a single message in a thread locked, will keep the contact from being deleted from current messages. The idea being, you can quickly text them again later. All of these are tricks people LOVE to use on Android but dont seem to have anything like it on iPhone.


    It's not about keeping it private, or necessarily saving pictures. Its about keeping the thread open even if you want to delete the bulk of the junk in it. On my droids, I used to keep pictures my girlfriend sent backed up on my memory card, but also in the text message. I could lock it and look at it later. It's a very basic feature

  • mel683 Level 1 (0 points)

    Agreed. This is a VERY BASIC feature and apple needs to listen up.