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I noticed that when replying to a text message I can access and scroll through previous message from the person I am replying to so I have a good view of the conversation history and can e.g. copy some text from it.

However after typing more than 7 lines of text I can no longer go back to the the message I am replying to.

Is there a way to access conversation history in that scenario, or is it simply a design feature saying "keep it short"?

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Tap the Edit button, the keyboard will then hide letting you see the previous text message.

Just be careful to Cancel and not Clear All ;)

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I was not able to replicate your issue with my iPhone (running iOS 5.0.1). I was able to type eight lines (one character and a carriage return for each line) and was still able to see past conversation history.

The trick is to swipe down on the visible history - that will remove the virtual keyboard and display the conversation history.

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Try nine lines, or ten. It is possible for the message-composition box to fill the entire viewport, blocking message history entirely. Once this happens, I can't find any point from which you can swipe to collapse the keyboard. –  Dan J Feb 24 '12 at 20:43
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