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+
That is all. The app will begin the process.
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.
If you want to automate the backup, select "Auto backup" option.
Tap on "Auto backup settings" to set the automatic backup as per your liking.
Restore Text Messages from Gmail Using SMS Backup+
If you want to restore text messages, here are the steps you need to follow:
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.
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.
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.
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."
That is all. The app will begin the process.
You will be notified once the process is 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."
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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How to Backup Text Messages to Gmail