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A friend of mine is looking for an application that he can grab a text message conversation from his phone and maybe copy/paste it into another application like an email app or just "send to email" kind of function.

Anyone know anything about an app like this?

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SMS Backup+ will backup (and can restore too) your sms messages to your gmail account (you have to enable IMAP in gmail)

The nice thing about it, it does it automatically. It can also backup your call log too email too.

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Great app! Thanks! –  DJTripleThreat Jan 28 '11 at 17:45

In the stock Android messaging app, you can hold your finger on a message for a few moments and then select the "Copy Message Text" option, then paste it into any app you'd like.

That would work fine for individual messages, as far as entire threads go, that I'm not sure. I'd probably go the geeky route personally and open up the .db file that contains all the text messages with an sqlite3 binary and manually peruse the database, copying what I need out of it.

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huh.. Interesting. Ok so the text messages are in a sqlitedb, eh? Where is the file located? –  DJTripleThreat Jan 28 '11 at 1:44
    
/data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db –  c0mp13371331337 Jan 28 '11 at 1:55
    
Thanks. I'll try this out on my own phone but my buddy isn't a programmer so most of this would be above his head. –  DJTripleThreat Jan 28 '11 at 17:46

Just try iSync. it will back up all SMS & Calls on ur gmail account.

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This isn't relevant to the question. The OP wants to start an email with the SMS conversation as context, not back up all SMS and calls. –  Dan Hulme May 25 '13 at 10:14
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@DanHulme Though I came to the same conclusion: Strange then that OP accepted SMSBackup+ as answer... –  Izzy May 25 '13 at 19:41

I'd also like through my own answer into the mix - not as an android app but as a service you could potentially use if you are an Android/gmail user. http://voice.google.com is a great tool that lets you send and receive texts through the browser as well as sending you transcripts via texts to your phone when people leave voice messages.

You are given a phone number (of your choice) which you can keep forever which in case you change phone numbers, you can always be contacted through that number (but you can block people by phone number and it says the number has been disconnected).

The idea here is that if you give that google voice number to your friend and they send you a text to that number, you will receive it in your google voice inbox as well as your phone and it keeps conversations grouped like you would expect google to do.

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