Folders for text messages

How come text messages can’t be organized into folders in iOS? A folder structure in the Messages app could bring a few benefits to the user:

  • Create a “smart” folder for, e.g., family members
  • Branch off conversations and move these new conversations to a custom folder instead of collecting hundreds of messages in just one conversation per contact
  • A folder for junk messages; alternatively, a folder for messages from an unknown number
  • Most importantly, a folder for recently deleted messages (WhatsApp already allows users to archive conversations)

It’s a really simple idea and its UI would look very similar to the Mail app.

Mockup of the Messages app: List of folders

Mockup of the Messages app: List of conversations