Backup is necessary for any hacking attempt you perform on your Android device. Sometimes you would not like to lose messages sent by your friends and dear ones. But when you install custom ROMs on Android, you will have to backup all the messages that exist in your inbox. This is not really required before your root a device but while installing ROMs, you need to wipe all data/factory reset from recovery which wipes out everything that exists on your Android phone. In this post we will see a few apps to backup and restore SMS on Android.
Please note that the backup location is the SD card and not the internal memory. If it is the internal memory, you may save the backup file in your email or Dropbox.
SMS Backup & Restore
A simple App to Backup and Restore SMS Messages.
- Automatic Scheduled Backups.
- View Backup Contents on the phone.
- Option to backup selected conversations only.
- Backups are created in XML Format on the SD Card. The XML can then be converted to other formats and can also be viewed on a computer. Check the FAQs for all the information.
- Send Backup file by Email.
- Internet permission for Ads.
- MMS not supported yet.
Backup Android SMS to Gmail
This is helpful if you do not have an SD card and your Android device uses only internal memory. You can save all of your messages to your Gmail account.
You’ll be able to browse and search your incoming and outgoing messages – neatly put into threads – under the “SMS” label in Gmail. To browse your backed up messages, log into Gmail and click on “SMS” in the labels box, which is located in the left sidebar.
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).
Remember to enable IMAP in Gmail and set the correct time/zone.