How do I backup and restore SMS Messages?


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 – David Fraser Jul 20 '11 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. – Mads Skjern Oct 20 '12 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 '13 at 8:56
  • rubo77 it says you can specify another IMAP server... trying it now... – moodboom Nov 5 '14 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 – David Fraser Jul 20 '11 at 9:48
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    thumps up for back up in XML format – kitokid Oct 20 '12 at 2:59
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    +1 for a solution that doesen't use Google servers – rubo77 Sep 16 '13 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 '20 at 9:11

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