Silence for SMS default app

Dear All,
What about to use Silence for SMS default app?
Pro and contras? User experiences, etc…
Thanks for your feedback.

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Encryption Possible
Easy to Use

Key exchange message might be unsafe?

I use it as my default SMS/MMS app on both /e/ and my past Android phones. No issues at all, but I’ve never tried the encryption.

The app hasn’t been updated in a couple of years. Maybe it’s perfect already? :wink:

What’s the Problem with QKSMS+?

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For me, Silence allows to backup the messages, e’s fork doesn’t. First with unofficial builds, now with GSI, I have to do a clean install for updating…

Use QKSMS from F-Droid (the app the /e/ has forked for its own Message app). Message backup works fine. Also, think about uninstalling the /e/ version (search the forum for “uninstall system apps”) - it really doesn’t add very much, and it lags behind the upstream in terms of features and bug fixes

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How do you initiate a group message in Silence?

Choose “New Group” from the menu. Then add members one at a time.

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Tap at the three points at the right corner > new group > add members
Group messages are are send as mms, I think.

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Silence is now 3 years old, QKSMS (e’s base) is 1 year old.

Seem’s Simple SMS is the last and lonely updated (FOSS) SMS client.

Well, I’m looking for a KISS one, allowing backup. Not an I.M. ‘hardly featured’…

Any suggestion ? Thanks.

I use upstream QKSMS. I know it hasn’t been updated for a while, but as far as I can see it doesn’t need updating. It works, it supports bsckup and restore. What more do you need?


Will try QKSMS… with a backup from Silence.

Édith : a way to import .xml backup ?

As long as apps rely on Android Messaging database, you can use a third-party tool like, instead of app’s embedded backup.
Not sure about Silence, but it worth a try :wink: