SMVVM: What is SMVVM? Can I delete it?


Hello there, and welcome back to Gossipfunda. So, as you have already come to know from the heading, our topic for today is SMVVM. We are going to discuss everything about it. This involves what it is, its full form, its purpose and where it’s found.

As the area of technology is growing, everyone is trying to learn new things up. This has created an outburst of curiosity in the people about the things in their phones. They are eager to know every package and folder that powers their android device. And with the Internet, all of that information is present right at the tip of their hands. With a single search on Google and an amazingly informative site like Gossipfunda, they’re all covered.

Also, many a time these packages stop responding. Now, this creates annoying error messages to pop up frequently, without letting you do anything. You would really want to get rid of such errors. No doubt this is the best place for coming to know about the process of fixing them. Not only that, every detail about that package is also discussed. In a similar manner, we are dealing with SMVVM today.

What is SMVVM?

Well, SMVVM is an abbreviated term for “Smart Modern Vivacious Valiant Mortal”. Well yes, the name is quite confusing. However, don’t get confused and just read along to know more!

SMVVM is not a package; it is a folder present in android smartphones that store miscellaneous files. The SMVVM folder mainly deals with the voicemails and visual voicemails that you have saved on your SD card. It is most likely to be found in Samsung or LG devices.

How to access voicemail saved on SD card?

Now, this is a major section to deal with. When you switch from one device to another, many a times this is a problem you face. You had your voicemails in the correct directory in the old device. However, they are not visible at all in your new device, making you unable to access them. To add on it, this persists even when the files are not corrupt.

You can read the SD card contents from VVM app, and here’s how to do it. Your main target is to move the visual voicemail messages to Inbox, from the MicroSD card.

  1. First of all, you need to start voicemail. To achieve that, select the Voicemail icon.
  2. Notice the Voicemail selector bar, which is present right at the top of the screen. You need to tap on that.
  3. From the screen that appears, select SD Card radio button.
  4. After that, you have to press the Menu button.
  5. Now, select “Move to inbox.” So we are slowly reaching our destination, which was to move the voicemail messages to inbox. This would allow you to access all the voicemail messages from your new device too. Hence, you would get rid of your problem.
  6. Now that you have reached this far, select the message or messages you want to move to the inbox.
  7. Press the Move to Inbox button.
  8. Press the Cancel button. That’s because now you need to get out of the messages-selected mode.
  9. Finally, press the Voicemail selector bar. You will find this at the top of the screen. Now you return to your inbox, and cheers! All of your voicemails and visual voicemails are in here now.
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Note: If your problem is that the VM app does not see the voicemail that is on the SD card only, then this may not work. If the VM app cannot read the SD card voicemails, there is no way you can transfer them to the inbox.

How to move Visual Voicemails from SD Card to Phone?

You may try out the following steps to move visual voicemails saved on SD card to the new phone:

  1. Move the visual voicemail messages in your old phone to a MicroSD card.
  2. Now for the next couple of steps, you can use the default File Manager app of your device. Or you may choose to download some third party File Explorer app such as ES File Explorer.
  3. Open File Manager. Browse to the internal SD card folder. The directory can be this: /sdcard or /mnt/sdcard. In there, select the SMVVM folder.
  4. Now tap and hold on it and then click Copy to copy the folder (you know how to do it). You have to copy it and paste it to the external SD card folder.
  5. Now, remove the SD card from the old phone. As guessed, now you need to insert it into your new phone.
  6. You may face some problem if your phone has an internal SD card. You would need to carry out some additional steps to get the SMVVM folder to the correct directory.
  7. Move the Visual Voicemail Messages from the SD card. Do this if there are current messages stored in there according to the app. What this does is that, it saves them temporarily.
  8. Now use the File Manager app to go to the following directory: /mnt/sdcard. In there, delete the SMVVM folder.
  9. Now go to the external SD card location. Copy the SMVVM folder from there and past it in /mnt/sdcard where you just deleted the SMVVM folder.
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As is reported by most, this is the correct working method for achieving the goal. Now your app can read the voicemails from your SD card and hence you can do anything with them.

How to move a message from Inbox to the Archive Folder?

Here, you get the steps of moving messages from your inbox to your phone’s internal storage. Some phones store the archived messages to a local path, whose directory is /mnt/sdcard/smvvm.

There is a limit cap of 500 messages in the Archive folder. Once this folder limit is reached, you will be asked to delete some messages to clear some space.

The fun fact is that, you can also archive messages by forwarding them to an email address. If you are a Premium service subscriber, you will get an additional feature called Auto-Forward to email. The messages are automatically forwarded to the respective email address.

To store a single message in the Archived folder

  • In your inbox, tap and hold a message to select (long press to select it). Then, tap the overflow menu (three-dots). In the drop down menu that appears, select Archive.
  • In your inbox, tap a message. Then, wipe your finger from left to right. On the prompt that appears, tap Archive, to confirm your action of archiving. In case you want to move the folder back from archive, press the Undo option.
  • Tap the overflow menu (three-dots) in the message playback screen. Click on Archive.
  • Cheers! The message is now moved to the Archived folder.

Method to store multiple messages

  • Back in the inbox, long press on a message to get it selected. On doing this, you will see that the contact icon beside the message is replaced with a tick mark.
  • Now tap on the other messages that you want to select. The check mark appears in all the messages that you select.
  • After clicking on all messages, tap the overflow menu, and then click Archive.
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To restore a message from Archive to inbox

Follow these steps to accomplish the above goal.

  • Go to your Visual Voicemail Inbox. Tap the menu icon next to Inbox (three horizontal bars).
  • From the menu that appears, select Archive. This opens the Archive folder.
  • Decide on the messages you want to restore, then tap and hold on them.
  • Next, tap the Overflow menu (three dots). From the appearing menu, tap Move to Inbox. You will get a confirmation at the bottom of your screen that confirms that your message was successfully restored to the inbox.
  • To return to the Inbox, tap the menu icon again and select Inbox.

Can I delete smvvm folder?

This is a very genuine question. Since the SMVVM folder stores the voicemails, visual voicemails, and other miscellaneous stuffs, it may take up huge storage. Storage problems are common with these kinds of folders. You can delete the SMVVM folder, but whether you will or not is upto you. Deleting the folder will clear up storage but you may get into trouble. Your important voicemails that aren’t stored in the SD card or archive may get deleted. Furthermore, this folder is auto-generated the next time again.


Now that we are at the end of our article, let’s discuss what all we came to see here. We came to know about the SMVVM folder and that it stores miscellaneous files. It especially deals with your voicemails and visual voicemails. We have also discussed some steps to move your voicemail(s) to Archive, and also to the SD card of a new device. Finally we dealt with whether or not you can delete the SMVVM folder to free up space. The SMVVM folder takes up storage, but there is very little you can do about it. Recommended thing is not to mess with it as it is a system folder.