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Today have fired up my new Samsung Galaxy S II. To find that managing SMS messages is not as intuitive as on my old - non-smart Sony Ericsson. Cant seem to find a way to save messages to SIM - or anywhere else - for example. And - I'm not up to android progamming!

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possible duplicate of How do I backup and restore SMS Messages? –  GAThrawn Jan 12 '12 at 11:07

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I don't know if there is a way to save them directly on the device, but I do know of a tool called SMS Backup + that I have been using almost since my fist android phone in 2008, and before I used SMS Backup +, I used SMS Backup.

This application will backup your SMS messages and Call Log to your gmail. It puts them in to SMS/CallLog labels so they don't clutter your inbox, but it is a very handy thing to have all your messages backed up. Especially when your wife says "I told you to get 3 loafs of bread", you can pull up and say, "Nope, see you said 30 loafs"...

SMS Backup + can not only backup your SMS/Call Log, but it can also restore them. The developer says MMS is also "coming soon". (but he has said that for a while not, not that I am in any rush for that feature). And, did I mention, the app is free.

Even if I was able to save them to my phone, I would have deleted them 100x over by now with all the times I have done factory resets, new sdcards, etc. Gmail also has way more storage available then my SIM, device, or sdcard. It is also more reliable. I have never lost data stored in my gmail, but I have had 4 sdcards fail on me.

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For just backing up and restoring messages, you can try SMS Backup & Restore which backs up to an XML file on your SD card. You can use the XML file to view messages in a web browser or MS Excel, etc. as well.

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you won't believe this - I discovered that if I just touch rather than tap the message, I get a box opening up offering me a range of options, like select text and save to SIM!!! Which is what I was looking for. The longer-term suggestions like those above I will explore - when I get more confident with the device! Thanks to all for the suggestions –  Chris Coniston Jan 12 '12 at 18:56

You can use email to save the messages from device to computer. use Gmail. other solution is try Vibosoft Android Mobile Manager, it can export all data from phone to computer, but also it can send messages from PC to phone.

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You could improve your answer by saying HOW to use email to save them... –  onik Nov 8 '13 at 8:00

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