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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. In a nutshell, backup is essential.

In this post, we will see two apps which help us to backup 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 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."

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.

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.

Log In option

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

Allow option in the popup

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.

Click "Next."

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.

Back Up Now option

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

Backup complete

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."

Restore Backup screen

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."

Restore option

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.

Popup ask to set SMS Backup & Restore as default SMS app

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.

Restore completed popup

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.

Popup ask to set your previous messaging app as default SMS app
Popup stating what to do when default messaging app stops responding after restoration

Backup Text Messages on Android Using SMS Organizer

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

This app will help you to backup 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 "Steps" section below.

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    The app prompt you to choose the language. Select the one you prefer (in this instance, I am picking English) and tap "Next" at the top.
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    In the next screen, tap "Continue" button.
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    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.
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    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 similar to this:
Get Started button
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    Click on "Get Started" button on the screen.
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    Now, the app will prompt you to make it as your SMS app. Tap "Yes" in the popup.

Steps

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

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    Tap Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) at the top. Choose "Settings."
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    Find and tap "Backup & Restore" option.
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    Click on "Account" under "Google Drive settings" section.
Backup & Restore screen
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    Choose the Google account you want and tap "OK." Tap "Allow" in the popup to provide permission.
Allow option
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    By default, the SMS will be backed up to Google Drive manually. If you want the SMS to backed up automatically, tap "Back up SMS to Google Drive" option.
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    You can see four options - Manually (default), Daily, Weekly, and Monthly. Choose the one you prefer.
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    Now, click on "Back Up" button.
Backup button

That is all. The backup will be taken successfully and stored on the 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:

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    Tap Overflow Menu (three vertical dots) > Settings.
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    Find and tap "Backup & Restore."
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    Tap on "Restore" button.
Restore button
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    Choose back up version you prefer (if you have multiple back up versions) and then hit "Restore."
Backup is selected and Restore option is shown

That is all. It will do the restoration process.

Restoring SMS

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

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