I just transferred phones from a Motorola Droid 2 to the Galaxy S III. I usually use Handcent, but forgot to back up my SMS before the new phone was activated. Now I have all my old SMS logs on the Droid, which can't back up because I have no data stream.

I've found multiple apps that can save SMS to the SD card and downloaded them to the S3, however I can't move any of those apps to the SD card to transfer the SD card to the Droid and install the SMS to SD backup app there.

I've tried using this Guide but even then, the apps won't move to the SD card. I don't want to root my new phone just to get an app transferred off it.

Can anyone give me suggestions for an app that meets that criteria or another solution?

  • PS: Moving to the SD card only works on the phone you did the move on (you cannot swap the SD card and hope that the app shows up on the other phone: It's for security reasons tied to the phone you installed it and did the move). And normally, this type of questions are considered a bad fit here as per the FAQ, however this one has a definite and final answer: LifeSaver2 (it's completely FOSS and thus won't go away). See my answer below. – ce4 Nov 28 '12 at 22:10
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    Took me a while to figure out the "app on sd" part. For other readers: No longer having a data connection, one cannot install apps from the playstore. And if I'm not mistaken, the Droid² being CDMA, one cannot even temporarily switch the SIM card... – Izzy Nov 28 '12 at 22:15
  • You're a life saver - literally. Thank you SO MUCH! – Paige Nov 28 '12 at 22:51

You want the old version of LifeSaver2 available from the free & open source Android app repostitory http://f-droid.org

It's available here or via the FDroid market app itself.

To be able to install it you need to enable unknown sources.

If you have no data connection on your old phone: Put the LifeSaver2_1.0.apk on the SD card using your S3 or transfer it via Bluetooth and then side-load it.


You could also just move everything through your Gmail account, using SMS Backup +. (I recommend using wifi, as it can take a while on a mobile data connection, if you have a lot of content.)

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