I would like to export both my contacts and my text messages. But I would like be able to easily read the file formats that it exports to. I can export the contacts as a VCF yet when I view it there is a lot of other data that I do not need. Is there a way to export the contacts as a file formate that excel can open and read without the other excess data.

Then I would like to export my text messages. I use GO SMS PRO as my text message APP and I can backup the messages yet they backup in a format that I cannot read. Is there a way to export text messages into a format that can be easily readable?

Thanks for the assistance.

(I am running Android 2.3 and using a T-Mobile/HTC G2)

  • What excess data is in the VCF? Sep 26, 2011 at 23:17
  • It looks like random numbers/letters. I assume that it is data that an email program uses to classify what is what.
    – L84
    Sep 26, 2011 at 23:30
  • Contacts are stored in an sqlite db. so you can export them in a csv, by finding the db file and querying it. See this blog post data/data/com.google.android.providers.contacts/databases/contacts.db is the database file you want.
    – brandeded
    Sep 27, 2011 at 1:20
  • If you don't need to do this on the phone, and you're syncing the contacts to your Google account, you can easily export contacts to a .CSV file from the Gmail website.
    – Chahk
    Sep 27, 2011 at 2:19

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At least if using the stock Messaging app SMS Backup + can backup your messages in a readable format to your Gmail. And for contacts I'd recommend syncing them to Google Contacts and exporting them from there (as Chahk mentioned in the comments).

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