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Ryne Hager

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Much of the world has moved on from SMS, but it’s still one of the most popular methods of sending messages in the US. It’s an unfortunate requirement here for many, and it probably will be until RCS gets off the ground. And if you’re the data-hoarding type, then you might want to keep those SMS messages around for later reference—either in cold storage or an easily accessed format. But even bringing them with you from device to device isn’t actually that hard, and we’re glad to walk you through the different ways to do it. 

Of course, Google’s Pixels (and a handful of other Oreo-powered devices) include built-in SMS backup these days, as well as a tool during the setup process for migrating messages over to a new phone, so let’s cover that first.

Android’s built-in SMS Backup

Pixels have automatic SMS backup.

As of Android 8.1 , you can now restore backed up data (including SMS messages) after the initial setup. Unfortunately, it’s not a manual process like the other items on this list. It’s only available if the “Finish setting up” screen is shown at the top of your settings panel. Tap that “Finish Setup” button, and it’ll perform the same restoration maneuver it typically would on initial setup, which can include restoring previously backed up SMS messages from your devices.

 

The data comes courtesy of Android’s automatic backups , and they’re stored on Google Drive. You can view them (but not their contents) via the Android app, and they can’t be copied off or moved elsewhere.

 

Viewing the list of automatic backups in Google Drive.

The built-in system is useful and automatic, but without a way to manually trigger the restoration process or view the backed up contents, it’s of limited utility. For instance, you can’t read those messages off-device, and you can’t save them long-term. In such cases, this automatic system might not fit your needs, but there are alternatives.

There are a lot of individual apps for backing up and restoring your SMS messages, but for the purposes of this discussion, we’ll refer to two well-known and high-quality free apps we’ve covered in the past: SMS Backup+ and SMS Backup & Restore . They both let you back up and pull down your messages with a bit more control than the stock system, but each is suited to a slightly different use case.

SMS Backup+

SMS label in Gmail

If you’re mostly interested in keeping your messages around somewhere (without necessarily having local access to them), then SMS Backup+ is probably your best choice. The app is open source  and allows you to automatically back up your SMS, MMS, and call history to your Gmail account, presenting your messages there in a convenient “SMS” label, laid out in the same format as email conversations, accessible anywhere via phone, computer, or tablet.

SMS messages in conversation view on Gmail

The app is free with in-app purchases, and although there was a couple year gap in updates , it still remained functional during that time (if somewhat dated looking). Now that it has a slightly more modern aesthetic, there’s no reason not to use it.

The setup process is simple. Once you have the app installed, fire it up, and jump past the changelog splash screen to the main app. There you toggle the “Connect” switch, grant the app access to your contacts, select the Gmail account you’d like to have your messages synced to, and decide if you’d like all your current messages to be backed up or not as it pulls SMS permissions. That’s pretty much all there is to it.

First-time setup process in SMS Backup+.

You can set the app to automatically back up messages with a configurable schedule. I’ve always found the default settings—which back up incoming messages every minute and outgoing messages every two hours—to be fine. Data used by the app is pretty minimal, but if you are concerned, you can set it to only make backups on Wi-Fi. It’s also able to broadcast an intent at the time of backup for third-party app integration.

The backup process for SMS Backup+ is pretty slow, but since messages really only need to be backed up once—and since that can be done as they come in without you even noticing—it’s not really a problem. It is much more of a concern, however, if you plan on using the system to migrate between devices, as the restoration process is quite time-consuming.

In fact, if that’s your intention, there’s another app in this guide which might suit you a bit better.

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SMS Backup & Restore

SMS Backup & Restore has changed hands a few times in recent history. It was bought by Carbonite  and later sold to SyncTech . But none of that really matters, it’s just a good, free app for exporting SMS and MMS messages in a single file.

On first launch, SMS Backup & Restore has a nice little walk through that explains which permissions it needs to request and why, at which point it asks for the whole bundle at once before dumping you on the main screen.

 

Backup setup process in SMS Backup & Restore

The manual backup process is simple. Just tap “Set Up A Backup” and follow the instructions. Be sure to go into the advanced menu and select media and emoji options if you’d like those to be included, or select individual conversations if you don’t want everything to be saved.

It then asks where you’d like to store the backup, with integration options for Google Drive, Dropbox, and local storage. Select whatever works for you. For example, Google Drive is handy if you’re maintaining the backup as a static archive, while local storage might be useful if you’re flashing a new ROM, etc.

 

Backup setup process continued.

You can also set up scheduled backups, with old files being automatically removed. But without the advantage of deltas/incremental changes, there are some disadvantages. Those backup files can get pretty big if you have enough MMS or a few tens of thousands of SMS messages, and regular backups could burn through data.

Honestly, I find the app more suited to one-time backups or migrations than regular schedules, especially compared to SMS Backup+, but the option is there if you need it.

Once you’ve got things set the way you want, tap “Back Up Now,” and you’re off. One huge advantage: Compared to SMS Backup+, it’s significantly faster.

Restoration process in SMS Backup & Restore.

If you’d like to restore those backups on another device, swipe from the left edge in to pull up the navigation menu and select “Restore,” or you can use the “Transfer” option which sends files from app to app over Wi-Fi direct. If you’re performing a restore with a local file, make sure it has been copied to the device.

Whatever method you choose, the process to pull messages back down is easy, and the app is happy to walk you through locating the correct backup on internal or cloud storage.

SMS Backup & Restore does have a little more functionality than I’ve explicitly described here—like the ability to perform and maintain scheduled backups. But, personally, I find the advantages of Gmail storage, conversation view, and one-at-a-time backups in SMS Backup+ to be a better solution for that specific use case. With the larger backup sizes and no easy way to view them online, SMS Backup & Restore is more suited to one-time backups or migrations, in my opinion.

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For our non-US based readers, I wouldn’t be surprised if the subject of SMS backups was viewed with a bit of humor, but it’s an unfortunate necessity here. At least, until Google and the other carriers can get behind RCS, or Chat, or whatever it is the kids are calling it these days.

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  • Comments


    • Snowsky Mountain

      Is there any way of backing up RCS/Chat messages?


      • Dubs816

        If you have a compatible Galaxy Samsung Cloud saves and restores RCS messages. Not sure if other solutions do.


      • cadtek91

        I bet Messages will be updated to include the Allo method of backup.


      • John Liggett

        The lack of a way to backup RCS messages is why I turned off RCS. If you have a recent HTC phone, one way that could work is using the Screen Capture Tool to take scrolling screenshots. Other phones may have something like that as well.

        There are some phone manufacturer methods to backup messages, like Samsung’s Cloud, but I don’t think there’s a universal way to back them up. You can also forward the RCS messages in Google Messages, backup them up, and then edit the backup to have the proper sender and time, but that could be a lot of work depending on the number of RCS messages.


    • A Person

      I hate you.


    • Dubs816

      I use Samsung Cloud to backup MMS, SMS & RCS messages.


    • Audio

      two other solutions that i’ve used:

      1. I know it’s a little old at this point, but if you are rooted, you can use titanium backup to restore SMS/MMS and phone logs. (actually, these features work even without root)
      2. Pulse SMS app is a cloud backup system that has a lot of cool SMS features as well, and allows you to read and respond to texts through a web browser.


    • Max

      My personal solution is not to rely on SMS for anything important, 99.9% of people I know uses WhatsApp anyway.


      • Ryne Hager

        I wish the US could just entirely switch to something like that.


      • Suicide_Note

        I wouldn’t use WhatsApp for the simple fact that they’re owned by Facebook.


        • Max

          I don’t like to talk only with myself so I use an app where I can communicate with other people… ¯_(ツ)_/¯ And WhatsApp is better than SMS even if it was owned by Satan itself.

          Of course if more people moved to an alternative I’d gladly do it, but it isn’t easy.


          • Suicide_Note

            I’m able to talk to everyone i know using SMS. 😀


            • Max

              So how does your family and friends groups work with SMS? I hope you don’t have family abroad as I’m sure they would love your international SMS.

              Also I pray for you never having issues trying to restore or transfer your SMS between different phones.


      • elko

        I wouldn’t use WhatsApp if its all there was


        • anehlo

          Allo is great. Too bad Google is winding it down.


        • Rodrigo Gomes da Silva

          If you were in Brazil you would have trouble to talk with anyone… I can’t remember which was the last time that I saw someone send a sms msgs, and for me I don’t think that I received a personal sms in last 4 years… it’s only services and spam


          • Max

            Exactly, apparently many AP readers like to talk with themselves only…


      • anehlo

        Despite some initial resistance, I was able to get almost everyone I know on Allo, and we all love it. Unfortunately, it looks like Google is pulling the plug on Allo.

        Now, I am embarrassed to try and convince everyone to use another messaging app like WhatsApp. I really like WhatsApp (use it to communicate with family in Central America) but liked Allo a little better.


        • Max

          Sorry but you did that to yourself, the way Allo was released it was more than obvious it was doomed from the start. Even more successful Google releases have been killed in the past, imagine if they start like that.


          • anehlo

            You are absolutely right. I should know better than to trust Google when they say they’re committed to something. LOL

            All my fault.


            • Max

              Different market segments, Allo looked like a gimped WhatsApp clone with nothing special to entice people to move from their existing platforms. Duo wasn’t trying to clone any app and instead was a very focused videocalling app looking to sell a minimalist and very efficient experience, the closer popular competitor would be FaceTime on the iPhone, I don’t remember anything similar and popular on Android.


            • anehlo

              I was gonna say Duo is unabashedly a FaceTime clone. And it also has some redundancy of features from Hangouts, WhatsApp and Microsoft Skype, namely video calling.

              Don’t you think some of its success may be attributed to the fact that Google requires it to be installed on all devices along with the Play Store?


            • Max

              Let’s start by saying that it’s a “success” in relative terms. I’d like to know the number of real active users but compared to Allo of course it was better received. I doubt Google care about redundancy as they were trying to substitute Hangouts from a consumer standpoint with these two apps.

              I agree that requiring it to be installed and adding the integration with the dialer helps to increase *installations* and maybe a little with adoption, but I think what really helped is that Android didn’t have a real FaceTime clone as you say, people that used iOS for some time and moved to Android will quickly understand and adopt the app, I personally don’t use it much but found it extremely easy to use and video and audio seemed to work excellent which is basically the only reason of existence of the app.

              All that said, I personally barely use it for the same reason I never used Allo, it’s tied to my phone number and I frequently switch phones and may forget to re-activate it. If WhatsApp wasn’t so popular among my circles I would have abandoned it already for that same reason. This is 2018, I expect to be able to transition easily between my multiple devices (phones, laptops, desktops), not being able to do it even between different phones is frustrating.


    • FrozenHotChocolate

      “SMS Text Message”
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e7268980bff8ae5ad8c47f0b1a3f0bda8d592a6b50ef210842111930243107be.gif


      • Ryne Hager

        Yeah, I know. I just wanted to make sure the title was understandable for anyone that might not know what SMS was.


        • wow

          You could always use a slash or (parenthesis).


          • someone755

            If we’re being pedantic, you’re more in the wrong than he is — SMS is not a message. From Wikipedia:
            > SMS (Short Message Service) is a text messaging service component of most telephone, World Wide Web, and mobile device systems.


        • bekifft

          Especially appropriate considering the header image. Bravo on that.


    • Tech Dude

      SMS Backup & Restore can’t be beat. Been using it on all phones that don’t have root.


      • thespacecowboy

        Yup, me too. Been very reliable.


      • cr08

        This. Been using it here back since the OG Droid days. In fact I have a continuous backup going all the way back then. Can pull up messages in my V20 that I’ve received on that old Droid.


      • ePoch 270

        Well I’ve tried it 3 times to transfer sms/MMS. Every time it only restores 20-30% of My messages. No matter how many times I try.bogus


    • JSo

      SMS Backup/Restore has been my goto for a while. But since using Pulse SMS as my text messaging app, I no longer worry about it.


    • Cakefish

      Didn’t realise Pixels have automatic SMS backup. Neat!


      • chromaniac

        Yes. But it is quite useless. You cannot initiate a manual backup. And on my phone, it remains outdated by weeks at times. I have googled around and the only tip I found to get it initiated was to not touch the phone for a few hours while charging.

        View post on imgur.com


        • Paul_Werner

          Does it restore both MMS and SMS? I never needed to go through a restore yet so I’m legitimately wondering


          • chromaniac

            Nope for MMS. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/964f808d9bb837c6d428e86612f06cc0ab6c0170f96776b850c757c4d9592cd5.png


            • Paul_Werner

              Thanks. I hope that changes when they start RCS/Chat in this app


            • Alvar Lagerlof

              RCS is already here. But the backup label is not changed.


            • Paul_Werner

              I mean when they redesign Messages like they showed in the Verge screenshots


        • Lee

          That sucks, mine backs you daily at like 5 AM. Have you tried doing a reset of your device?


          • chromaniac

            Waiting for P before I do a full reset. Kind of lazy to go through it for this.


        • Ryne Hager

          It needs more manual control. I agree, it’s useful as, like, a secondary backup, but it isn’t ideal yet.


          • chromaniac

            True. It is better than nothing for people who do not use a third party app. And it could only get better. Do check and tell, if P preview builds have improved upon this feature!


        • yochanan

          …not touch the phone for a few hours while charging.

          Stop touching it, then. 😜


          • chromaniac

            Hah. I suppose I can try charging it using my PC’s port so that it charges slow and takes a few hours. I do not tend to leave it connected to a power source overnight so maybe that is causing the delay in SMS backup. I wonder if P would add manual control. One of the AP Staff or user here could probably confirm?


            • Ryne Hager

              Yeah, I think it’s scheduled to happen while charging during non-use.

              So far, nothing we’ve seen yet in P changes that behavior.


            • bekifft

              That is exactly why, and it’s because this is the way Apple does it and has for many years. They just assume you’ll charge your phone overnight. I think you’re doing a good thing with the slow charging, but I’d reverse it and slow charge overnight and then quick charge for 15 minutes during the day if you need a boost.


        • Cakefish

          Probably why I have no issues. I let my phone charge up overnight.


        • matteventu

          You can manually initiate the backup via ADB, it’s realy easy ad flawless, I’ve done it a few times 🙂

          Just use these commands:

          adb shell
          bmgr run
          bmgr backupnow –all


          • chromaniac

            Seems to have worked. No idea what all it did. But SMS shows up to date now!


            • matteventu

              It backed up everything (all the apps data as well, so the whole process may take some time if you have plenty of apps installed which support autobackup)
              SMS too ^_^


      • Bob @ The Frugal Fellow

        I have a Pixel 2 and it has never worked on my device. Apparently I’m not the only one, either.


    • drcaveman

      I switched to google voice years ago for SMS/MMS the fact that its cloud based negated the need for backups, I really hope they don’t kill it when CHAT fully launches cause that would be a nightmare scenario for me in terms of messaging. Its the whole reason I ported my number to Google when I left Verizon. For the 5 people or so who know my carrier number, I’m not so worried about backing that up.


      • mxwp

        They started putting resources back into developing G Voice, so it is doubtful they will kill it anytime soon.


    • Gordon Spurgeon Spooner

      Signal has a built in backup/restore system, that automatically handles the backup of all your messages, both Signal and SMS, to an encrypted file stored on your device. It works well, and it’s very simple to use.


    • Gonza

      Amazing and weird how in the US people still use SMS. In Latin America SMS is dead. Whatsapp is what everybody uses.


      • Richard Markert

        Americans kinda dont like using apps when they can use something built in. SMS is built in and works on every device a person might use. It’s also included with no limits or extra costs anymore with literally any plan you can buy in the US.


      • anehlo

        Text messaging here is unlimited; US carriers haven’t charged for SMS on a per message basis for a while now. So, there is really no incentive to use a messaging app besides the one that comes on the phone like there is in Latin American countries.

        To avoid SMS costs from carriers, a lot of my family in Central America use WhatsApp, so I use WhatsApp to communicate with them and I agree that it’s great. But for my American friends, there is simply no need to install it if messaging just works. WhatsApp solves a problem in Latin American countries; but in the US, SMS is unlimited so WhatsApp is trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.

        I try to get everyone I know on WhatsApp, but a lot of my American friends don’t see the point since text messaging works really well for them.


        • Rodrigo Gomes da Silva

          Voice messages, images, groups? It’s not only for costs… Everyone in Brazil have multiples groups for everything… They send a lot of audio msg to not type while they are driving or need to say something long. Many families have groups, lot of jobs have groups, friend groups, even pokemon go groups etc.

          I bet in US they do it using other apps, but here we can do it while using text messaging using Whatsapp that everyone already have.


          • anehlo

            You can do images very well via SMS and groups as well.

            I use WhatsApp and Allo but never send voice messages through them. If I’m driving, I just use the voice-to-text feature on the Android Keyboard, which works really well.

            But I’m on your side, I like WhatsApp and Allo WAAAAAY better than SMS. It’s just hard to get anyone here to use it.

            I imagine it would be hard for you to get everyone to use something like Allo when everyone else is already using WhatsApp….so, it’s kind of like that, hard to get people to use WhatsApp when SMS works just fine for their needs, so they don’t see the point.


          • Gonza

            Exactly, same in Argentina and in all Latam. Not to mention voice calls, video calls, backup on the cloud, video messages, etc. And a user interface that’s really good. Whatsapp is what it is the world for a reason. There have been 100s of messages apps/services. But they succeeded above everyone else because their implementation is great. Almost perfect, I would say.


            • anehlo

              All those features you mention, my friends do without WhatsApp – voice calls, video calls, backup on the cloud, video messages, etc.

              I mean, voice calls are over data now with VoLTE. Video calls are standard on most carriers. Google voice backs up all my SMS. User interface is good if you use the right messaging app, like Android Messages.

              I agree, WhatsApp is better, but it’s just not enough to get anyone here to use it.


            • Gonza

              And also VoLTE and video calls are billed $$ , if you want to call internationally (what I mostly do with my friends in Argentina – I live in the US). While Whatsapp is much better and … $ 0 🙂


            • anehlo

              That is very true. WhatsApp is awesome.:-)


          • zelendel

            No. In the US if you pull your phone out at work you will most likely be fired on the spot. Many jobs won’t even allow you to fake it with you. It has to stay in a locker. Of the team needs you then they call you.

            The thing is, the US had this a decade ago. We have termed that most of the features just are not needed. Not for us. We already can use 3rd party messaging. We just don’t. The rest of the world is just kinda catching up and the novelty will wear out sooner or later.

            Also for the author. No you are not right. Most US users use a 3rd party sms client.

            The reason the US still uses it is because it is dependable (unlike a data connection) also its universal. Don’t need special apps to use it.


            • Rodrigo Gomes da Silva

              I don’t know about “catching up”… Here in Brazil whatsapp is a work tool, a business tool, its for everthing, not only for personal use…

              I work in IT, and we use group chat all the time to sync things with team… coleagues that are in costumer sending photos of some issue, we helping they with some solution that can do in field, etc…

              The two biggest banks of country have customer relationship with whatsapp ( https://www.bnamericas.com/en/news/in-brief-itau-unibanco-offers-services-via-whatsapp/?position=711983 ), and soon others will follow

              Even the legal system is using whatsapp to send subpoenas ( http://ampost.com.br/en/2017/06/cnj-autoriza-uso-do-whatsapp-para-intimacoes-judiciais/ ).

              About data connection, you don’t need a good plan to use it, and most of the cheap have whatsapp free without count in data caps, even prepaid plan that is the most used here.

              SMS here is very dead, and it will not came back to life, even people change communicator. Its the same everywhere in world that isn’t used anymore.


            • zelendel

              Not sure if that is really brave or just flat out stupid. No way that would happen here. That is trusting Facebook way too much and if I’m not mistaken things like that are not legally binding here.
              But it’s nothing that hasn’t been seen before. We did the same thing 10 years ago with yahoo messenger.

              But to each their own. I really don’t see it taking off in the states again.


            • zelendel

              When I mentioned data connection I didn’t mean the cost. (no free what’s app here. Our carriers can’t be bought by Mark) but the need for it. You try getting around new York and you will find that in a normal 8 hour work day. You don’t have a data connection for about 5 hours of that. You have a cell signal but nothing that is worth a damn for anything major.out side of calls and text. Not until you hit a wifi point. Which free ones are becoming harder to find and in my are completely gone.


        • Gonza

          It’s not (only) the cost, it’s the functionality. Light years ahead.


          • anehlo

            You’re right. WhatsApp is way better than SMS/MMS.


      • Trel

        The hell if I’m going to use anything Facebook owns.

        So that rules out Whatsapp.


      • Bewear

        Yeah, though it’s getting on my nerves. I really dislike WhatsApp, I’d rather not use it, but then you can’t even communicate with classmates for things like group assignments.


        • zelendel

          Then you don’t. And you do it on your own. Then when it is brought up you can complain about being forced to use an app that is known for security issues.


    • nxtiak

      I have Project Fi, Pixel 2 XL, and use Hangouts to receive SMS. I can’t switch to Android Messages because there’s no web/pc interface yet for SMS messages. Also all my Hangouts chat and SMS automatically gets put in Gmail under Chats for easy searching and reading. I don’t see Android Messages/Google Drive method allows you to read your backed up messages.


      • Ryne Hager

        Actually, if you read the article, you’ll note that SMS Backup + can perform a nearly identical operation for non-Fi subcribers via Gmail.


      • yochanan

        You could use Textto in the meantime.


    • Richard Markert

      I use smart switch and backup to my uSD card and then offload to my server and OneDrive.


    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Let’s not forget MyBackup Pro. I’ve been using it forever. One of the classics. I find the Google Backup useless since it doesn’t save MMS.


    • Andrew

      Alternatively, just use Google Voice.

      It’s kind of stunning to me that Voice still doesn’t really have a legitimate competitor, it’s far superior to phone-based SMS.


      • anehlo

        I have Google Voice and pics and videos I receive on GV aren’t really good quality, but I’m using Hangouts to text.

        Is the GV app better when it comes to texting?


        • Andrew

          In terms of media, I don’t think so, but that’s because of SMS file limitations I think.

          I like the Voice app itself a lot. There’s a little Jank but at least it’s full Material and gets regular-ish updates. (I’d kill for RCS support though.)


      • mxwp

        at this point i don’t think it is possible for any other company besides carriers to have access to the amount of available phone numbers that Google does


      • Captain_Invisible

        If something like Voice existed outside the US, I’d definitely be all in on it. But I guess there’s not really any money in it, for anyone but Google to do it.


      • Danske

        What the hell is Google voice? *Said in Australian accent*


        • Fruity101079

          You can say it in any languages , Voice is USA only.


    • Diego Waskhy

      Thank you! Starting today, I’ll keep all SPAMs in safe places.


    • CasperTFG

      It was bought by Carbonite and later sold to SyncTech. But none of that really matters.”

      ‘Matters’ isn’t the operative word as is pilfering. The app was tossed around like a strumpet, each buyer getting their share of user data.

      #Greattimes


    • hsidhu

      I was searching for these apps yesterday. Thanks Ryan for this post.


    • BoFiS

      I’ve been using SMS Backup+ on all my phones, and family’s phones to backup and restore SMS into a gmail label, but it’s nice to know my dad’s PIxel can do it on it’s own now


    • Ailín Ó’S

      Here in Ireland text messages are still charged at 15c cent per message. Sounds awful right? But it’s that greed from the phone networks that made WhatsApp by far the most used messaging service here – even businesses use WhatsApp. That being said I use SMS Backup & Restore for years now and it works perfect. Can access my SMS history from as far as 2010 from my Samsung Galaxy Europa running Android 1.6!


    • doode

      Meh. Get yourself to adb then run:

      adb shell
      bmgr run
      bmgr backupnow appdata
      bmgr backupnow –all.

      This forces stock cloud backup of the entire phone. Runs extremely quickly as well.


      • matteventu

        ^THIS.

        Please upvote this comment, or put it directly in the article.
        It’s very useful.

        (you can remove “bmgr backupnow appdata” tho)


        • doode

          I had to run the backupnow appdata first or it would fail to run. For some reason some people need to do that and some don’t.


      • Alexander Cheney

        Thanks so much.


      • QueenKong

        Where is abd??? does it need root where it back up google drive


    • Vedant Goel

      Or you can use sms organiser, it’s genuinely amazing how crazy accurate it’s sorting is, it looks good, organises well, is backed by Microsoft, is totally free AND has a backup option


    • gio117

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bcb8fbd8d71e61e96313442bda48ffc9aaca027d6106bc0307a2d6d07e93ede2.jpg
      What even is that? 😂


      • Captain_Invisible

        Sounds like The Office references (I’ve never really watched the show much, unfortunately).


        • bekifft

          You are correct, and you should.


    • Randroid

      I use mysms


    • matteventu

      Been using SMS Backup&Restore for ages.

      Then with Pixel and Nougat, thanks to the integrated SMS backup support, I uninstalled it. And so far, I’m having no issues with the integrated solution.

      BTW

      “The built-in system is useful and automatic, but without a way to manually trigger the restoration process”

      Yep, You can’t restore them manually, but there’s a way to trigger the (whole) backup manually. Just run these commands on ADB:

      adb shell
      bmgr run
      bmgr backupnow --all


    • Gisle Enåsen

      Signal also have a spot on backup-feature worth mentioning.


    • Si vis pacem, para bellum

      “Of course, Google’s Pixels (and a handful of other Oreo-powered devices) include built-in SMS backup these days”

      Of course, Samsung devices (smartphones and tablets with full phone capabilities) include built-in SMS backup (and call logs etc) since forever.


    • Dragos Lucian

      “SMS Backup & Restore” is the best one out there by far. I have it set to automatically backup up my call logs and messages and upload them to gdrive every day at 10pm and it works like a charm.


    • Danske

      It’s okay everyone, Google Chat is coming.


    • Silence DoGood Is An Idiot

      Aint no need to back up your texts. If you lose em, just hit up the NSA for a copy. Worked for Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.


      • zelendel

        Difference is that they are someone important. The average person is not. Heck the average person isn’t worth the effort it would take to monitor them. Sorry to deflate egos but it’s true. Most people are just shadows in the world. Of no real value or concern.


        • Silence DoGood Is An Idiot

          It was a joke.


    • Jose Atbay

      Didn’t know 8.1 allowed sms backup (finally). Once I saw your headline I turned backup off and back on, this added sms to the backup list (note 8).


    • John Dimsberg

      Vague yet decisive. What does this mean? ‘ Much of the world has moved on… but it’s still one of the most popular ‘


    • Andrey

      No humour, as we in other parts of the world still get important messages from our banks, partners, colleagues and even friends.


    • minkiu

      I use this two IFTTT recipes, to get my Recieved and Sent SMS into a Google Spreadsheet:
      https://ifttt.com/applets/23718499d-sms-timeline-1-2
      https://ifttt.com/applets/23718505d-sms-timeline-2-2


    • Faheem Ahmad

      windows 8.1 had the best way for this… i wish they bring that stuff including live tiles to a new launcher


    • Fruity101079

      Why anyone wants to save sms?
      Is this so important to keep messages saying to not forget the bread on the way home, go to the dentist, or pick the daughter at school?


    • QueenKong

      can i do this on samsung? i noticed samsung has back up also….where does it back up too


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      Great Article thanks for sharing your artical it will be informative for me https://www.techtiq.co.uk/php-developer

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