How do I backup and restore SMS Messages?


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I highly recommend SMS backup+. It'll back up your SMS to a Gmail Label:

Automatically backup SMS, MMS and call log entries using a separate label in Gmail / Google Calendar. It is also possible to restore SMS and call log entries back to the phone (MMS not supported yet).

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  • The forked version is in active development (original has had no changes since early 2010), and also supports backing up to any IMAP server Jul 20, 2011 at 9:47
  • Very slow. I'm on a HSDPA connection, capable of youtube, skype etc. Still when restoring my sms'es it took about a second per piece, for each of my 2900 texts. Oct 20, 2012 at 22:37
  • This program also stores all your data online in the Google Cloud, that is not a solution I would like to use (protection of privacy)
    – rubo77
    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:56
  • rubo77 it says you can specify another IMAP server... trying it now...
    – moodboom
    Nov 5, 2014 at 16:05

You can use SMS Backup & Restore to export to an XML file:

Schedule automatic backups or backup your messages anytime you wish. You can view backup contents on your phone, and choose to backup selected conversations only.

Backups are created in XML format and saved to your device's SD card.

The XML can then be converted to other formats, and can also be viewed on a computer.

It's easy to e-mail your backup files anywhere you wish.

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    SMS Backup+ also supports other IMAP servers Jul 20, 2011 at 9:48
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    thumps up for back up in XML format
    – kitokid
    Oct 20, 2012 at 2:59
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    +1 for a solution that doesen't use Google servers
    – rubo77
    Sep 16, 2013 at 9:18
  • These days, this app defaults to backing up to one of several cloud services (including Google), but also supports backing up to a file. It still works, looks like.
    – einpoklum
    Nov 18, 2020 at 9:11

Use a 3rd party tool such as

These offer many other options (such as backing up call log which I'd say is related)


I recommend VeryAndroid SMS Backup. It is a smart Android SMS backup software that can copy and backup SMS on Android phone to computer, restore SMS backup file to any Android phone, and also send messages or chat with a friend on computer directly, exactly the same as that you do on your android phone.

It can help you:

  • Copy and backup SMS from Android phone to computer.
  • Restore SMS from CSV to Android phone any time.
  • Send SMS & SMS Chat on computer directly.
  • Transfer SMS to Android phone from other phones (iPhone, Windows Mobile, Nokia, Blackberry, etc).
  • View SMS messages in threading mode on computer.

Go SMS Pro https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jb.gosms has backing up SMS to SD as a feature. It is also a great replacement for text messages with Quick Replies and sending SMS on a schedule.

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