Backup Text Messages on Android Using SMS Backup & Restore
Install and open SMS Backup & Restore app.
Click on "Get Started" button. Provide permissions for the app.
Now, you can see the main screen. Click on "Set Up A Backup" button.
You are in the "Set Up Backup" screen now where you can choose what to backup. You will be provided with two options - one is to backup messages, and another is to backup call log.
Leave "Messages" option intact and turned off "Phone calls" option.
Click on "Advanced Options."
Here, you can choose what to include in the backup. If you want to backup MMS and Emojis & special characters, turn on their respective options.
By default, All messages are backed up. If you prefer, you can backup selected conversations only. To do that, click on "Selected conversations only."
When you select "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 that 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 "Next" option.
You can see the backup storage options now. The options are - Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Your phone. In this instance, I choose "Google Drive."
Now, you will be in 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 popup.
Now, you will be in the storage options screen again. Scroll down until you see "Only Upload" section. Set up the options (Over Wi-Fi and While charging) as per your choice.
In 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 backup your text messages and store it on the Google Drive.
Keep in mind that backup file is a single file in XML format.
To view backups, tap on Hamburger icon (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 Hamburger icon (three vertical lines) > Restore.
Now, you should 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. In this instance, 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).
Now, you can see a popup which asks you to set "SMS Backup & Restore" as default SMS app for the restoration process. Tap "OK" on the popup.
Tap "Yes" in the next popup.
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 popups which ask you to set your previous messaging app as default SMS app and told what to do when your messaging app stops responding after restoration.