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How to Backup Text Messages to Gmail

In this post, we will see the two apps that help us to backup text messages to Gmail.

Without any delay, let's see what are they and how to use it.

Backup Text Messages to Gmail Using SMS Backup+

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    Log into your Gmail account on PC and then click this URL.
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    Now, click on "Enable IMAP" option.
Enable IMAP
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    Click on "Save changes" button at the bottom.
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    Install and open SMS Backup+ app on your Android device.
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    Go through the welcome notes.
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    Now, you should be on the main screen.
SMS Backup+ main screen
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    Tap on toggle beside "Connect." Provide permission for the app, select Google account you prefer, and then tap "OK." Provide permission for the app by tapping "Allow." 
Grant permission by tapping Allow
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    Now, you can see the "First backup" popup. Tap "Backup" to backup all messages on your Android device.
First backup popup
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    Provide permissions for the app. 

That is all. The app will begin the process.

Backup going on

In the meantime, you can open your Gmail account and see that a new label called "SMS" is created. Open that label, and you can look at your text messages.

Once the process is complete, you will be notified on the main screen.

Backed up messages

If you want to automate the backup, select "Auto backup" option.

Enabled Auto backup option

Tap on "Auto backup settings" to set the automatic backup as per your liking.

Auto backup settings

Restore Text Messages from Gmail Using SMS Backup+

If you want to restore text messages, here are the steps you need to follow:

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    Tap "Restore" button on the main screen of the SMS Backup+ app. You can see a popup which asks you to set SMS Backup+ as default SMS app for the restoration process.
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    In the next popup, tap "Yes."
Change SMS app popup

That is all. The app will begin restoration.

After restoration, the app will show you a popup which you can use to set your previous messaging app as default SMS app.

Backup Text Messages to Gmail Using SMS Backup & Restore

If you are already a user of SMS Backup & Restore app, then you can use the same app to send the backup file to your Gmail account. Here are the steps:

Install and open SMS Backup & Restore app.

Click on "Get Started" button and then provide permissions.

Now, you should be on the main screen.

Tap on Hamburger icon (three vertical lines) and then tap "Settings."

Tap "Backup settings." Scroll down until you see "Other Settings" section.

Under that section, you can see "Email backup" option. Tap on the toggle beside it.

Email backup option

Now, you should be in the "Email Setup" screen. In that screen, you can see a drop-down list under "Email Service Type."

Open the drop-down list and select "Gmail."

Now, tap "Log In" link. Choose your Gmail account and then tap "OK." Provide permission for the app.

Grant permission

You can see the Recipient Email Address field is filled with your email address. Fill the remaining fields (Subject and Body) if you prefer. I filled Subject with "SMS" and leave Body field intact.

Email Setup screen with all set up

Click on the "Test" to confirm that everything is setup correctly. Now, click on "Save."

That is all. Now, tap on Hamburger icon and then tap "Back up now."

Turn off "Phone calls." Click and set "Advanced Options" if you wish.

Tap on "More Backup Locations." Now, you can see five options:

Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Your Phone, and Email.

You need to select any one from these: Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Your Phone. Only when you choose any one of these, you can select "Email."

In this instance, I turned on "Your Phone." It will ask you to select the folder. Set the folder or leave that intact and then tap "OK."

Now, turn on "Email." Click on "Back Up."

Back Up option

That is all. The app will begin the process.

Backup in progress

You will be notified once the process is completed.

Backup completed

Now, you can see your backup on Gmail and Phone.

Tap Hamburger icon > View backups. Now, you can see your backup under "Local" tab. Click on the backup, and you can look at the conversations within that backup. Click on the conversation, and you can see the messages within that.

Go to Gmail, and you can see a mail with subject "SMS" (or with the subject you specified if any). Open it, and you can see an XML file as the attachment which is your backup file. Tap on it, and you can see "SMS Backup & Restore" option. Select it and tap "Just Once." Now, you will be shown a popup where you can choose "View" option to view the backup.

Note: To schedule backups, tap Hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) > Settings > Scheduled backup settings.

Tap the toggle beside "Schedule recurring backups."

Choose the interval as per your wish. Click on time and change it if you want.

Tap "Advanced Options" and configure the options if you prefer. Tap "Save."

Restore Text Messages from Gmail Using SMS Backup & Restore

To restore messages, follow the below steps:

Open the email containing the backup file in the Gmail app.

Tap on the backup file. Now, you can see many options. Select "SMS Backup & Restore" and then click "Just Once."

Open with popup in which SMS Backup & Restore is selected

Now, you can see a popup where you can see two options - View (to view backup) and Restore (to restore backup).

Select "Restore," and you will be on "Restore Backup" screen.

Use "Select Another Backup" and "Advanced Options" if you need.

Tap "Restore." Now, you can see a popup which states that you need to set SMS Backup & Restore app as your default SMS app for the restoration process.

Tap "OK" in the popup and tap "Yes" in the next popup.

That is all. The app will begin restoration and notify you once the process is completed.

After that, it will ask you to set your previous messaging app as your default SMS app. Also, notify you about what to do if your messaging app stops responding.

Also, it asks you to schedule backup. Do it if you prefer.

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