How To Password Protect SMS / MMS Threads in Handcent SMS for Android

Handcent SMS is a powerful free SMS /MMS tools for your android phone. In their recent update, they introduced a new feature called Privacy Box. With this new feature, you can now hide SMS threads using password protected privacy box.

How To Use Private Box on Handcent SMS

  1. If you have not yet installed Handcent SMS on your Android device, you can download and install it from the Market for free.
  2. Once you install the application, make a free account with Handcent SMS by tapping the setting button on your device while you are on the app and navigation to Settings—>Handcent services—>Get online account . You can use the app with out making an account but to use Private Box feature, you must make one.
    Handcent Private Box (4)
  3. Once you have made an account login using the Handcent app via Settings—>Handcent services—>My Handcent Login.
    Handcent Private Box (5)
  4. Now navigate back to your messages thread and navigate to More —> Private Box by tapping the setting button on your device while you are on the app.
    Handcent Private Box (6)
  5. To view your private box you will have to give your Handcent Login password. Make sure you don’t click on remember password or your security will be at stake.
    Handcent Private Box (10)
  6. Once you are in your private box you can add contacts you want to hide from the world.
    Handcent Private Box (11)
  7. From now on the selected person’s SMS will skip your Inbox and will only appear in your private box after you successfully authenticate your self.

You can now relax as all your private conversations won’t be read(or be made visible) by other messaging apps (stock, 3rd party, etc.) without your password.


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  1. Elton says:

    I have the Privacy Box on, but I want to change my password. The privacy box password is different from the default Handcent password, so if you change your Handcent password, your privacy box password is still the same. It does not change. I haven’t seen any setting within the privacy box settings – or online – that allows me to change my privacy box password. Any ideas?

  2. T says:

    Same think here! I forgot my account password so had it reset and it gave me a default password with random letters and numbers. Well I changed to something I can remember but the privacy pass is still the random default! Help?

  3. m says:

    hey there,
    the same as above…
    i choose a pw that is too long 2 type for every new msg i get :-))
    thought i could change it easily but no way…
    can someone help us pls???
    i think there is no button to change it so we have to create a new account right???


  4. D says:

    I’m going through this as well. Is the privacy box password connected to the blacklist password, do you know?

  5. Alex says:

    You have to go to the online site , change your password here . Then go to the ” handcent services ” in the app . Then ” my handcent login ” type your login stuff & it will update . Otherwise its only changing your password online .

    • Tay says:

      Thank you so much. I’ve searched the web and the phone for it, while I’m no genius, I’m not a noob. First answer I found. And IT WORKS! May I re-post it to other sites? It took too many google results find your solution.

    • Brian says:

      Awesome. I have also looked everywhere for this solution. Thanks so much.

      Worked perfectly.

    • Jamila says:

      Thank you Alex it worked. But i want one more clarification. Is it possible to use dual sim in Handcent? where i can send sms from both the sims

  6. chynnaa says:

    How do I remove it from my privacy box?

  7. Kindyr says:

    How do you remove someone from the Privacy Box?

    • jasmine says:

      On the screen were u tap their name to view the message…hold ur finger on the name then click remove wen the box comes up

      • jo says:

        Hi there,

        Would the sms thread be deleted if i select ‘remove’ when the box comes up? When I first transferred the thread into the privacy box I did not select the ‘leave a copy in the public inbox’ – so I’m worried.


  8. jasmine says:

    I’m having troube viewing my pictures in my privacy box…all they say is that its downloading but it never downloads…does anyone know what I have to do to view my incoming privacy box pics?? Plz help!

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