How To Backup SMS Messages on Your Android Smartphone

Backup you important messages and other related data from you smartphone by just using the following simple tried and tested how-to tips.

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Before we start, there are certain things that you may not already be aware of:

  • The backing up of SMS messages is not an in-built feature in the Android smartphones
  • You will have to make use of some third-party applications in order to back up your messages
  • Backing up and restoring messages is absolutely free of cost and is very easy to use

If you’re an Android user, then you know for a fact that there are a lot of good options for backing up your cellphone data. You can surely think of some good backup plans when you are resolute in deleting some data from your device. You can easily do these things with the help of the Cloud. By using this method, you will be able to bring back your backed-up content very easily. But in order to back up your SMS inbox, you will need to use some third-party tools. You will be able to use a lot of different options on Google Play, but the point is to know precisely which one you should use. All the well-known ones require an access to your Gmail account. With access to Gmail, these apps can automatically create and restore your backups. At times it happens that you are not quite comfortable in giving such sort of accesses to third-party apps. We can suggest you a very nice option that you can try. We have used it ourselves to backup messages on our Android smartphones.

We have brought to you everything you need to know about backing up (and restoring) your mobile’s SMS archive. This can be saved on the device; you can email it to yourself; or you can save it to the cloud. This technique will be very useful if you need to reset your phone to factory set up, or if you want to switch to a new cellphone. We used SMS Backup and Restore. This was acquired by Carbonite just a few years ago. All you have to do now is follow these steps to backup SMS on your smartphone.

Here’s How To Create a Backup of Your Messages on your Android

In order to create a backup of all your messages, you’ll have to first install the Carbonite SMS Backup and Restore on your mobile. Once this is done, perform these steps:

  1. You will see a welcome screen. Then, tap on Get Started.
  2. Next, you have to grant access to all the files (in order to save the backup), contacts, messages (obviously), and manage phone calls (you can also backup your call logs). Continue tapping Allow on all the four popups.
  3. Next, tap on Set up a backup.
  4. Switch off your phone calls, as you just want to back up your texts. You can also click on Advanced options if you want to back up MMS videos or some other selected conversations. Don’t touch this if you want to back up your total text archive.
  5. Then, tap on Next.
  6. Now, with the help of toggles, choose the location for your backup to take place. You can select either Google Drive or Dropbox. However, if you don’t want to give permissions over there, then you can turn on the toggle for your phone. After this, you have to copy the files manually.
  7. If you’re perfectly fine with the default folder, then tap on OK. Otherwise, tap on Browse and search for the folder that you want to save your backup in.
  8. Once this is done, click on Next. A popup will rise. Choose Yes in the popup option.
  9. You have an option to set the backup schedule from the toggles in front of you. Otherwise, you can turn off the Schedule recurring backups toggle. Then, click on Back Up Now.

And you are done! The backup will finally take place. Even if you have some 13,000 messages on our phone, the process won’t take more than 3 minutes. Once you have all your files backed up, you can transfer them to your PC. You can also save them manually on the cloud. And all this can be done without having to link your apps to any third-party software.

How To Restore the Backup for Your Smartphone’s Messages

After you are done creating a backup for your smartphone’s messages, you’ll have to go straight ahead and reset the phone. You would generally do this because you need to try and free up some space. You can also do this because you’re switching to a new phone. Now that your backup is successfully done, what to do next? Yet again, you will have to install the Carbonite SMS Backup, either on your new phone or your newly formatted phone. Once all this is done, you will have to perform the following steps to restore your messages:

  1. Make sure that your SMS backup is also copied to your phone.
  2. Next, you have to start the Carbonite SMS Backup and Restore; then tap on Get Started on the welcome screen.
  3. You will then have to click on the hamburger menu icon on the top-left part. Next, click on Restore.
  4. If you are using a local copy, then you have to tap on the Local backup location. And if you wish to use either Google Drive or Dropbox, then you have to click on the appropriate button.
  5. The app will automatically be able to find the latest backup. In case if it does not, then click on Select another backup. Next, click on the file that you want to restore from. Select from all the available toggles to decide what you want to restore: messages or phone calls.
  6. Click on Restore. Then, click on OK. Continue tapping on Yes on the next two popups in order to get started.
  7. That’s all there is to do. The app will now restore all your messages. Thus, you can easily pick up form where you left off even though you’re moving to a new cellphone. And if you also intend to back up your current device, then it also checks for duplicates so that your inbox does not get flooded with the copies. The process may not seem as fast as backing up the messages. It will take some 5 minutes to restore around 13,000 messages.
  8. Once this is over, you can go ahead and uninstall the app if you wish. You also have another option available if you wish to schedule regular backups. A little heads up: since the app has to be the default SMS application to restore your messages, you may want to go to your SMS application. Open your SMS app to make it the default option. Other than this, there’s nothing else you need to do or worry about.

2 thoughts on “How To Backup SMS Messages on Your Android Smartphone

  1. Wow… these are some awesome tips! I was not aware that there can be so many detailed steps in backing up messages in Android. Thanks for the lovely article. I will surely try out the steps give above.

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