How to Backup Text Messages on Android

If you have a backup of your text messages, then you do not have to worry about losing text messages. Briefly, backup is essential.

In this post, we will see two apps that help us back up text messages on Android. Let’s see what they are and how to use it.

Backup Text Messages on Android Using SMS Backup & Restore

Install and open the SMS Backup & Restore app.

Click on the “Get Started” button. Provide permissions for the app.

Now, you can see the primary screen. Click on the “Set Up A Backup” button.

You are in the “Set Up Backup” screen now, where you can choose what to back up. You will be provided with two options – one is to back up messages, and another is to back up the call log.

Leave the “Messages” option intact and turned off the “Phone calls” option.

Click on “Advanced Options.”

Here, you can choose what to include in the backup. If you want to back up MMS and Emojis & special characters, turn on their respective options.

By default, all messages are backed up. If you prefer, you can back up selected conversations only. To do that, click on “Selected conversations only.”

When you select the “Selected conversations only” option, the next step you need to do is clicking on “0 conversations selected.”

Now, you should be on the screen where you can select the messages you want to include in the backup.

After you selected messages, click on the “Back” button, and you will be in the “Set Up Backup” screen. Click on the “Next” option.

You can see the backup storage options now. The options are – Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Your phone. I choose “Google Drive.”

Now, you will be on the “Google Drive Setup” screen. Tap “Log In” at the top.

Choose the Google account you prefer and then tap “OK.” Provide permission for the app by tapping “Allow.”

Configure the other options available there if you wish.

Click on “Test” at the bottom to confirm everything is correctly set up. Click on “Save” and then “Yes” on the confirmation pop-up.

Now, you will be in the storage options screen again. Scroll down until you see the “Only Upload” section. Set up the options (Over Wi-Fi and While charging) as per your choice.

Click “Next.”

On the next screen, you can see the options to schedule recurring backups. You can turn off the recurring backups, or you can set up it as per your wish.

If you wish, click on “Advanced Options” and set up the options available there.

Click on “Back Up Now” at the bottom.

That is all. The app will back up your text messages and store it on Google Drive.

Keep in mind that the backup file is a single file in XML format.

To view backups, tap on three vertical lines > View backups. Now you can see your backups. Tap on the backup you prefer, and you can look at the conversations in that backup. Tap on the conversation you prefer, and you can see the messages in it.

You can also see the backups in Google Drive. If you open it, you can see the backup in XML format.

Restore Text Messages to Android Using SMS Backup & Restore

To restore text messages, follow the below steps:

Tap on three vertical lines > Restore.

Now, you’ll be in the “Restore Backup” screen. There, you are asked to select the backup location from where you want to restore.

Tap your backup location. I tap “Google Drive Location.”

Now, you can see the “Messages” option, and the most recent backup is selected by default. If you want to restore a different backup, click on “Select Another Backup” and choose the one you prefer.

Click on “Advanced Options” and configure the options available there (if you wish).

Tap “Restore.”

Now, you can see a pop-up that asks you to set “SMS Backup & Restore” as default SMS app for the restoration process. Tap “OK” on the pop-up.

Tap “Yes” in the next pop-up.

That is all. The app will begin the restoration process, and you will be notified once the restoration is done.

After the restoration, the app will show two pop-ups that ask you to set your previous messaging app as the default SMS app and told what to do when your messaging app stops responding after restoration.

Backup Text Messages on Android Using SMS Organizer

Install and open the SMS Organizer app. This app is for India only.

This app will help you to back up text messages to Google Drive.

If you are using this app for the first time (or need help with setting up the app), go through the following steps. Otherwise, go to the “Steps” section below.

The app prompt you to choose the language. Select the one you prefer (I am picking English) and tap “Next” at the top.

On the next screen, tap “Continue” button.

Now, provide permissions for the app. After that, it will ask you to enter your phone number. Enter it and then tap “Next” at the top.

You will receive OTP (One-Time Password) which is used to verify your phone number. After one-time password verification, the app will go through your messages, categorize them, and show you a screen like this:

Click on the “Get Started” button on the screen.

Now, the app will prompt you to make it your SMS app. Tap “Yes” in the pop-up.


To back up text messages using SMS Organizer, follow the below steps:

Tap Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top. Choose “Settings.”

Find and tap “Backup & Restore” option.

Click on “Account” under the “Google Drive settings” section.

Choose the Google account you want and tap “OK.” Tap “Allow” in the pop-up to provide permission.

By default, the SMS will be backed up to Google Drive manually. If you want the SMS to back up automatically, tap the “Back up SMS to Google Drive” option.

You can see four options – Manually (default), Daily, Weekly, and Monthly. Choose the one you prefer.

Now, click on the “Back Up” button.

That is all. The backup will be taken successfully and stored on Google Drive.

Note: Unfortunately, you cannot see the backup in the Google Drive.

Restore Text Messages to Android Using SMS Organizer

To restore text messages to Android using SMS Organizer, follow the below steps:

Tap Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) > Settings.

Find and tap “Backup & Restore.”

Tap on the “Restore” button.

Choose the backup version you prefer (if you have multiple backup versions) and then hit “Restore.”

That is all. It will do the restoration process.

Once it is done, you can see the restored messages on your Android device.