I can't open the backup of sms because after sending it on my mail I discovered it's a hbk file. How can you open this type of file?

I need to print them! thanks

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    Have you seen this blog entry about it? – t0mm13b Aug 7 '13 at 13:59
  • Does renaming the file with a different extension work, like *.txt or *.zip? – Mr. Buster Aug 7 '13 at 16:28

In case you no longer have a copy of the SMS on your phone, but have backed-up the SMS to your PC or email, you need a combination of t0mm13b's comment and bmdixon's answer.

As mentioned, it's not possible to open .hbk files on the PC. What you can do is:

  1. Restore the .hbk to your phone as SMS
    • In your SD card, make sure you have a folder called sms_backup. If this doesn't exist, create it. This will be in the same level as the Android folder.
    • Copy the .hbk file to the sms_backup folder
    • Restore the SMS from the SMS settings
  2. Export the SMS as .xml using SMS Backup & Restore
  3. Email the .xml file to your PC
  4. After downloading the .xml file, open it from a program like Notepad or Microsoft word, and print.

Take note that XML has a weird structure, so expect to see a lot of tags (in greater than and less than signs).


I don't think it's possible to open this file on your computer. It can only be read by the HTC SMS app. If you still have the sms on your phone you could install SMS Backup & Restore which will allow you to back them up as xml which you can then print from your pc.

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