If you want to back up all your text messages on Android phone then you need to use third-party tools. There are various apps available on the Google Play Store to help you create a backup and restore your SMS messages. Many of the popular services require an access to your Gmail account to automatically create and restore backups; however, if you don’t want to use this method then we’ll tell you another option to back up SMS messages on Android phone. Read on to know how to do so.
Back Up SMS Messages on Android Phone
It’s a simple method to create a backup of your text messages on Android. And it will be useful if you need to reset your Android device to factory settings, or if you want to switch to a new phone.
Here we use SMS Backup and Restore app, which was acquired by Carbonite over a few years ago. It is a simple Android app that backs up and restores your device’s text messages and call logs.
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Creating a Backup of SMS Messages on Android Phone
Follow the steps listed below to know how to back up SMS messages on Android phone.
- Install the Carbonite SMS Backup and Restore app on your Android phone
- Tap on Get Started on the welcome screen
- You’ll need to grant access to files, contacts, SMS to save the backup, and manage phone calls to backup call logs. Tap on the Allow button on all the four pop-ups
- Next, tap on Set up a backup
- Toggle Phone Calls to off position if you want to back up your texts. You can also tap on the Advanced Options button if you want to back up MMS or selected conversations
- Once done, tap on the Next button
- Now using toggles, select where you want to make the backup. You can choose Dropbox or Google Drive but if you don’t want to give them access then you can simply turn on the toggle for Your Phone and then copy the file manually
- If you are satisfied with the default folder then tap on the OK button, otherwise tap on Browse and find the folder in which you want to save the backup
- Tap on Next and then in the popup, tap on the Yes button
- Either you can set a backup schedule from toggles in front of you or you can simply turn off the Schedule recurring backups. Once done, tap on Back Up Now to back up SMS messages
The whole process will take merely 3-4 minutes, depending on the number of messages on your phone. Once you have the backup file, you can copy it to your computer or save it to the cloud manually without linking your apps to third-party software.
Restoring a Backup of SMS Messages on Android Phone
After creating a backup of SMS messages on your Android phone, you can now go ahead and reset your phone. Once again, you will need to install Carbonite SMS Backup and Restore app either on your new phone or your newly formatted phone.
To restore SMS messages on your Android phone, follow the step listed below.
- Make sure that the SMS backup is copied to your Android phone
- Now, open the app and tap on Get Started on the welcome screen
- Tap on the hamburger menu at the top-left side of your phone’s screen
- Next, tap on the Restore button
- Tap on Local backup location if you’re using a local copy. You can also choose to use Dropbox or Google Drive
- It will find the latest backup automatically but if it does not, tap on Select another backup and tap on the file you want to restore from. You can choose from the toggles to decide what you want to restore, messages, and phone calls
- Tap on the Restore button and then tap on OK to confirm
The application restores all your SMS messages so you can pick up where you left off even if you are switching from a new phone. In case you are backing up your existing device, the app is also looking for duplicate messages so that your inbox will not fill with similar messages. The process will take around 5-6 minutes to restore your SMS messages on Android phone.