Backing up text messages on Android is not the job of the Google cloud service, mainly because text messages are not in its “field” of interest. If you find this article, you must have accidentally deleted or lost all your important messages and want to get them back. One simple way is to set up automatic backups of your messages and phone logs so you can get them back in the future. This is also great when switching to a new device.
Google has a convenient backup service for SMS messages and uses Google Drive to store all your personal data so that it can be restored when switching to a new phone. The downside of this method is that data is limited in Google Drive, older updates are deleted over time, and you can’t restore older backups on your phone as you would like.
To backup messages on Google Drive, follow the steps below:
Step 1 . Swipe down from the top to reveal the notification area.
Step 2 . Tap the Settings icon .
Step 3 . Swipe up to get to the bottom of the settings page.
Step 4 . Tap Google .
Step 5 . Tap Backup .
Step 6. Tap Backup now .
Your backup will appear in the main Google Drive menu, and you can also access your Google backup settings from your Google Drive settings.
One thing to note is that MMS media messages won’t be backed up, but Google offers that feature in a Google One subscription. If your Google Drive is running low on storage, consider paying /month for the space to capture these memories of messages.
While Google Backup does a pretty good job, you want an SMS backup on another cloud service and restore on your phone whenever. In this case, you can try using SMS Backup & Restore.
To use this SMS backup software, follow the steps below:
Step 1 . Download the SMS Backup and Restore app to your phone.
Step 2 . Tap Open .
Step 3 . Tap Get Started .
Step 4 . The application will request access to contacts, manage phone calls, access to call receipts, photos, media, files and send, view SMS messages on your device. Tap Allow to grant access to all this information.
Step 7 . Tap Set up a backup .
Step 8 . Select the data you want to back up. The Advanced Options option allows backing up media and group messages, which can be set for all messages or select only conversations. Once set up, tap Next .
Step 9. Next, select the cloud storage service you want to save the data. You can choose from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
Step 10 . Tap Log in to connect the cloud storage service of your choice as a data backup location. Here, you can also set up automatic deletion of messages after a certain number of days.
Step 11 . Once logged in, you can submit a test file to make sure everything is working properly. When ready, tap Save .
Step 12 . You can now choose how to receive Over Wi-Fi (over the air) and/or While Charging (while charging) messages.
Step 13 . Tap Next .
Step 14 . Now you can choose when you want to back up your data such as weekly, weekly or hourly. You also have some advanced options here to set the exact time when you want to schedule the backup and the option to turn off notifications when the backup is complete.
Step 15. Tap Back up now .
If you only back up your messages locally, you’ll receive a warning message that you’re at risk of losing your backup if you lose or damage your phone. You also get a warning if the backup location is set to the default internal storage. You should move it to an external storage device.
Once you’ve backed up your SMS messages, you can restore them on your new phone or device.
Follow the steps below to recover SMS:
Step 1 . Launch SMS Backup & Restore from the home screen or app drawer.
Step 2 . Tap Restore .
Step 3 . Tap the box next to backups you want to restore . Depending on the data selected for backup, you can restore SMS messages and receive call signings.
Step 4 . Tap the arrow next to SMS messages backups if you have multiple backups and want to restore a specific backup.
Step 5 . Tap Restore .
Step 6 . Touch OK . This infobox will inform you that SMS Backup and Restore needs to be set temporarily as default messaging app to restore messages.
Step 7. Touch Yes . Messages and/or call logs will begin to be restored.
Step 8 . Tap Close when the restore is complete.
Your messages and even call logs have been restored. If you decide to back up your data to a cloud service, you can also restore old messages on your new device in the same way. Since the data is saved as an XML file, it is compatible with all Android devices.
Wishing you success!