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The only answers I have been able to find want me to download third party software. It is NOT an acceptable solution to expose all of my SMS history to a third party. Maybe there's an open source solution?

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With root

If you're rooted or willing to root, you can check out this method: Where on the file system are SMS messages stored?

Note: If you're transferring between different versions of Android, or even ROMs, I would check if the SMS format is the same.

Third party app

Note: You can use a well reviewed and popular third party app from play store (bonus if it's an editors choice), and after installing it (before even opening) - move to flight mode, backup locally, remove the app and transfer to your computer or other phone.

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  • thanks, I didn't realize that sms backup+ was open source.
    – ZKe
    May 2, 2018 at 20:19

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