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How to Backup and Restore SMS on Android

--Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Things may happen like that: some important SMS stored in your Galaxy S6 are accidentally deleted by yourself or lost after system upgrade. This is quite a tragedy as if you haven't backed up all the messages beforehand, which also means you may never get back them. Hence, back up text messages in regular is necessary, especially when there is something important in them. Other than that, you also get chance to restore the SMS from backups on Android phones.

SMS Backup and Restore, Android Backup Restore and Android Transfer are simple and useful apps which enable you easily back up SMS in a schedule time or automatically, and view the backup messages before retrieving them. In the following article, we will introduce you how to do text messages backup and recovery with these apps.

Part 1: Guide to Backup and Restore SMS on Android

Firstly, download and install SMS Backup and Restore app on your Android device from Google Play.

Step 1 Backup Text Messages
Run the program after installation. There are seven buttons in the middle of the interface. Click the "Backup" button at the top, enter a name for the message backup file and hit "OK" to start the process. When the backup completed, you can check the total number of the SMS.

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Step 2 Restore SMS on Android
The app provides you two ways to retrieve text messages from backup.

Method 1: Click the "Restore" button, backup files in xml format will be listed in the interface. If you want to check the content in the backup, you can tick the one you want and hit the "Browse" button at the bottom-right corner. However, to active this function, you need to install a file manager app like ES File Explorer or OI File Manager. Then, select an option "Restore All Messages" or "Only Restore Messages Send/Received Since:" to start the recovery.

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Method 2: Select "View" option in the main interface. Then, tick one backup file and hit the "OK" button, you will see the conversations in it. Tap one to view its full content, including receiving time and sender. If you found one you want to retrieve on your Android, just long press it until the "Conversation Options" box shows up. Click "Restore this Conversation" button to recover the selected SMS.

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Note: If you want to restore loads of text messages from backups, the first method is a better option. As if you just need to get back one specific conversation, apply the latter method.

Apart from simply backing up and restoring SMS on Android phones or tablets, you can also send the backup files to other devices via Bluetooth, upload them to Google Drive or send to Email or Gmail for further use.

Send SMS Backup to Email


Part 2: Backup and Recover SMS on Android with Android Backup Restore

Free download Android Backup Restore, then you can apply the software to recoverring SMS on Android:

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Step 1 Connect Device to PC

Download Android Backup Restore on your PC or Mac and launch it. Then connect your Android phone to computer. Wait a minute, and your device will be connected successfully.

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Step 2 Select the File Type to Backup

Now, you can select all of the categories provided or you can choose any kinds of file you like selectively. If you just want to backup your text messages only, and you just need to tick “Messages”. Then hit the “Start” button to begin. It will be finished in a short time.


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Step 3 Get your SMS back with Android Data Recovery

After entering the recovery interface, you will be allowed to preview all recoverable data that listed in categories. You can click “Messages category and tick those you want to restore. After choosing all you want, click “Restore” to have all your wanted text messages back to you.


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Part 3: Transfer and Retrieve Text Messages with Android Transfer

Android Transfer is particularly designed for Android users to back up data like contacts, messages, photo, music, videos, apps and other files from Android to computer. Click the button below to download the trial version of the software and give it a shot.


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Step 1 Install and Run Android Transfer
Install the program on your computer and run it, you can connect your Android device to PC via USB cable or through Wi-Fi .

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Step 2 Back up Text Messages on Your Android Device

After connecting your device successfully, it will take a few seconds to scan and then you will be able to view your data in detail. Tick “SMS” and you can choose all messages you want to backup. Once the choice is done, click “Export” and then you can choose to export your messages to your computer.


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What’s more, you can receive and send text messages on your computer with your phone connected. Last but not least, you can add, uninstall apps on your computer.


Step 3 Retrieve Deleted or Lost SMS

Tick "Super Toolkit" and then you can hit the "Restore" button to recover data from the precious backup. It is easy to recover your deleted messages from your backup file. Besides, you also have a choice to choose file type you want to restore.


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SMS Backup and Restore app, Android Data Recovery, Android Transfer are helpful and easy-to-use as you can see in the above article. If you are using other more convenient apps for text messages recovery, please share with us and leave it in the comment below.