Ways to Easily Backup & Restore Android SMS/MMS

--Wednesday, Jan.07, 2015
We may have messages on our phones we can't afford to lose. Switching to a new phone doesn't mean we have to sacrifice those SMS/MMS that are important to us. There are always solutions and they are what you'll learn today: several ways to backup and restore your SMS and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service).

Tips 1: Transfer Phone Messages to Memory Card and Vice Versa

If you have an SD memory card on your phone, I have good news for you! SD memory cards are storage devices specifically designed to be used in mobile phones. You can export text and photo messages to this card and in turns insert it to your new phone.

1)    From your phone, touch Menu>Messages
2)    Select a message you want to transfer then tap Options or Menu button.
3)    Tap Save>SD card. The SMS/MMS will transfer to your memory card. You can insert the card to your new phone.

Note: This method could get a bit tricky. By default, some versions of the Android operating system does not allow for message import/export. In most cases, we'll have to use an external app for help.

Tips 2: Backup and Recover Text or Photo Messages with Android Data Recovery

Step 1 Install Android Data Recovery

Android Data Recovery earns a good reputation for its powerful features. It supports various data types for users to choose and provide a convenient operation. Now you can follow the steps to download Android Data Recovery on your PC or Mac and launch it. Then connect your Android phone to computer via USB cable.

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Step 2 Back up Phone Messages

As is can be seen from the screenshot below, Android Data Recovery enables you to choose various data types to backup. Tick "Messages" and click "Backup" icon to start copying. One thing to illustrate, you can find a little blue icon near the data type of "Application data", tick it and you are able to choose apps you like to backup its data.

Backup Restore Select Data

Note: The software supports backing up your Application and Application data. Before you can backup Application data, you would be asked to tick "Allow" on your Android phone.

When the choice is done, this program will begin backing up data you want. What is needed to pay attention is that you should not use the device or delete any data on the device during the backup or restore process.

Backup Restore Backing Up Data

Step 3 Recover Android Text Messages

Since we have used Android Data Recovery to do the backup before, we can find the backup history as below. Choose one file you want to restore and start.

Backup Restore View Backup History

After entering the recovery interface, you can select "Messages" from the file list and click "restore" to start copying data.

Backup Restore View Messages

Tips 3: Send and Retrieve Text or Photo Messages with Android Transfer

Android Transfer brings great convenience to Android users to add, delete, export (and play) music, videos, photos, text messages, contacts, and more.  Click the button below to download the trial version of the software and give it a shot.

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Step 1 Plug Android in PC/Mac

Launch the program and connect phone to the computer. You can choose to build the connection via USB cable or Wi-Fi. You will see the below interface when the device is recognized and connected.

Back Restore Connect

Step 2 Back up Messages on your Phone

Once you've clicked "SMS" on the left navigation panel, you can see the messages in detail. Then you can select your messages and preview them. Hit the "Export" button, the selected SMS will be backed up to your computer.

Backup Restore Transfer SMS

Step 3 Restore Android Text Messages from backup

Since we have backed up our files before, now we can restore data from our backup history. Tick "Super Toolkit" and then you will get an interface as below. Then hit the "Restore" button to recover data from the precious backup.

Super Toolkit

As it can be seen in the interface, you can select the backup files and the data type you want to get your data back.

Backup Restore Content

Tips 4: Move and Restore Text or Photo Messages with Phone Transfer

After doing some research and tests, I highly recommend Phone transfer, since it has a free version and a clean, easy-to-use interface. But the best part about this software is undoubtedly its backup & recovery features,To get the job done, all you have to do is follow these steps:

Step 1 Install Phone Transfer
Click the icon below to download Phone Transfer on your PC or Mac and launch it. Then connect your phone with USB cable.

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Step 2 Back up Phone Messages
On the homepage, click Back up Your Phone to open up the backup window. In that page, (see the second screenshot below), tick Text messages on the middle column and click "Start Copy" icon to start the copying process.

Install Phone Transfer to Backup

Copy Messages from Android to PC

Step 3 Restore Android Text Messages
On the homepage, click Restore from Backups and you'll be given multiple options to retrieve your data. You can choose to recover data from iTunes, iCloud and many others. Since we used Phone Transfer to do the backup before, we should click the first icon. After entering the recovery interface, select Text Messages from the file list and click Start Copy.

Restore Messages

Restore Messages to Android

And that's about it for the tips. Next time when you don't know how to save and restore messages, hope this will come in handy.