A lot of everyday interaction is happening on our smartphones because of their portability and ease of use. You already do know that instant messaging apps like WhatsApp allow you to back up your chat history locally on your smartphone and cloud storage accounts. Do you know that text messages (or SMS, as they are kindly called) can also be saved in the cloud? One can use commonly available cloud services like Google Cloud, Gmail to back these up.
Backing up Text messages using Gdrive:
As of Android 8.1, you can now restore backup data (including SMS messages) after the initial setup. Sadly, this is not a manual procedure like the other things on this list. This is only possible if the “Start Settings” screen is displayed at the top of the settings row.
Tap the “Finish Setup” button and perform the same restore procedure that would usually take place on the initial setup, which could involve restoring previously backed-up SMS messages from your computer.
Step One: Navigate to the Android Settings menu.
Step Two: After scrolling down, tap on Google. You have reached the Google account management dashboard.
Step Three: From the Google account management dashboard, select Backup.
Step Four: Make sure the ‘Backup to Google Drive’ option is toggled on. If it’s not, tap on it to toggle it on. Make sure that the correct Google Drive account is selected.
Step Five: To make sure your SMS messages are being added to a backup, tap on the name of your device. You should see ‘SMS text messages’ on the list of data that’s being backed up.
Step Six: Now tap on the “Backup” button to make a backup of the messages.
You can find your backup in the “Backup” section of the Google Drive button. The drawback is you can’t read those messages off-device, and you can’t save them long-term backups that would eventually expire on Google Drive.
Backing up Text messages using 3rd Party Applications:
There are many third-party applications that can backup and restore text messages for the first example we will use SMS Backup+ which is free. It is super easy to use. Looks to archive not just your SMS messages, but also your MMS messages, as well as the call file.
The idea is to dump these things into your Gmail account with a personalized Gmail Mark to keep them forever. The general setup of SMS Backup+ is pretty similar to all the data that this app needs to keep your messages running to Gmail. Not to worry, this app uses OAuth, as all good apps would do, so you can block access from your Google account settings on the web at any time.
Step One: Open the application and agree to the terms and conditions.
Step Two: Log in to your chosen Gmail account, tap on the Connect option, choose your account.
Step Three: Choose whether you want a full backup that backup everything from the beginning or save the ones that are received after installing this application.
Another great feature of this application is that you can select which type of backup you want to make, what the frequency of the backups and you can even link it with a tasker to make it smooth.
Make sure you have enabled the IMAP Access for the application, which you can do by logging into Gmail using a computer Settings –> Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Check Enable IMAP. Scroll down and click Save Changes. That’s the only configuration you’ll need to do within your Gmail account.
The next 3rd party app we will use is the SMS Backup & Restore designed by SyncTech Pty Ltd. The application is similar to the SMS Backup+.
Step One: Launch the app after installation; grant it the appropriate permission which it requests.
Step Two: On the application’s opening page, tap on the “Set up a Backup” button.
Step Three: Toggle the other options off to backup only your SMS messages. Tap on next and you will be met with a prompt where you need to save the messages, tap on Google Drive and your Phone.
Step Four: Tap on the login button to connect the app to your Google Drive. Provide access to the application. Do not worry about privacy issues as the application doesn’t access the files present on your personal drive.
Step Five: When you are done with setting up your Google Drive account, tap on the Save option to continue with the SMS backup process.
Step Seven: Click over Wi-Fi if you want to back up SMS messages over Wi-Fi only. Turn it off if you want to use your mobile phone’s data connection. You can also select whether you want to upload SMS message backup to Google Drive on battery power or when the device is charging.
Step Eight: Tap on Next and wait for the backup to finish.
Step Nine: Setup the frequency using the “Set Up A Schedule” option on the front page. The app lets you schedule SMS backup on a daily, weekly, and hourly basis.
Step Ten: To recover the messages, sideswipe and scroll down. Select the Restore button.
Step Eleven: Click on Messages to pick the most recent SMS information or tap ‘Pick another Backup’ to restore specific backup data. To do so, tap the Restore button at the bottom of the screen.
Step twelve: The app will show a request asking to be your default SMS app on a temporary basis. Tap OK to proceed with that. Tap on yes to make the ‘SMS Backup & Restore’ app your default messaging app.
Step Thirteen: After the procedure is finished, set the messenger back to the default messaging application.
Losing valuable SMS messages can be very stressful. Do you know what’s more frustrating than that? Not being able to recover those texts. The above methods ensure the security of your Android messages. Also, it gives you a chance to recover text messages if they’re lost or missing.