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Tips & Tricks|Toggle Threaded SMS on Windows Mobile

Microsoft introduced Threaded SMS [or chat style] in version 6.1 of Windows Mobile Professional and Standard Devices.

So What’s The Difference?


Threaded SMS Off, this is the *old* way WM used to handle messages. Each message from the sender appears on your inbox. If you’ve added a photo to the contact it will be displayed as well.



Threaded SMS On, this was introduced in WM6.1 messages received and sent to are contact a grouped together. It makes following conversations easier. This is the OS default.


Threaded SMS is great if you want to keep track of your SMS correspondence with a contact. However some people don’t like or require this. Here’s a quick and easy way to toggle between threaded and regular SMS.

Method 1: Notepad (PC)


Fire up your notepad

Copy the code and paste to your note

Save and change from .txt to .reg

Copy to your device

Tap to make the changes work.

Turn Off Threaded SMS:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Turn On Threaded SMS (OS Default):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Method 2: Registry Editor (On Device)

Fire up your Registry Editor

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Inbox\Settings\OEM

Look for [or create]: SMSInboxThreadingDisabled

Edit the Value as needed: 0 = On / 1 = Off

I’ve also noticed that it is easier to search for individual messages and see the time stamps when threaded SMS off. If threaded SMS is on you only see the time stamp of the messages within the day, past messages will only have the date.

I hope you’ve found this tip useful.


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