So I have managed to get this file from a broken install, I'd like to restore my sms but I don't want to root my phone. How can I manage this ?

I've thought about converting to xml and using sms backup and restore but this will be tedious because of the format converting.

What else do you suggest ?

  • 3
    copy it to another device which is rooted and export xml
    – alecxs
    May 27, 2021 at 16:10
  • 1
    "another rooted device" can also be a rooted emulator...
    – Robert
    May 27, 2021 at 16:15
  • I didn't work of course, I posted my solution
    – Catfoxes
    May 27, 2021 at 22:26

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So I decided to export the SQL data as CSV and then imported in Excel. I then checked the XML format from SMS backup and Restore, made it match, exported it as XML from Excel. And finally you can just restore it.

  • good. please make this answer useful for others. How did you export csv? which tables/columns did you use, and how did you sort to made it match? how did you export xml?
    – alecxs
    May 29, 2021 at 13:42

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