How To Save SMS Messages on Android

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Despite the fact that sending and receiving SMS messages with Android is easier than ever, the OS does not make it so simple to save these messages. If you would like to hold onto important information or conversations and especially if you are planning to reset your phone to factory settings, this might be bothersome for you. However, there is a way that you can go about saving your text messages.


Application for Saving SMS on Android

Android does not include a feature that allows you to automatically save and restore your SMS messages. If you wish to do so, you will need to download the application SMS Backup & Restore, which allows you to back up your text messages to your Gmail account or to an SD card. Doing so makes restoring your SMS messages easy.

How To Save SMS on Android

To begin the process of saving your SMS messages on Android, you will first need to download SMS Backup & Restore to your smartphone.


Next, open the application and tap Set up a backup to begin the creation of a new backup. At this point, you can choose what information you would like to save, which SMS messages you want to hold onto, and to where you would like to back them up. Using this app, you can choose to save your messages to Gmail, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. You can also save the emojis included in the text messages and name the backup files so that they will be easy to identify if ever you need to restore them.

When you are done, click Next > OK to confirm your new settings.

How To Back Up Your Text Messages to Your Gmail Account

If this is your first time using the Backup & Restore app, click Get Started, then provide the necessary permissions.

Once on the main screen, tap the menu icon (three vertical lines), and then tap Settings > Backup settings. Scroll down to Other Settings, then toggle on the Email backup option.

On the current screen, the Email Setup section, select Gmail from the Email Service Type drop-down list. Log in, then click OK, before giving the app permission to access your information. Fill in the fields (Subject and Body) that remain, if you would like to.

Click Test to confirm that everything is setup correctly, then click Save.

Now that the setup is done, tap the menu icon once again, and then tap Back up now. Turn off Phone calls, then click and set Advanced Options.

Tap More Backup Locations, then select one Email. (In order to be able to do this, you must first select one of the other available options.) Now, click Backup.

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