Android tricks: backup and restore text messages

Google has a feature that automatically backs up users’ text messages, but the user may need more control over where the information is saved. Initiate a manual backup through alternative service, but which service should you choose?

Creating automatic backups of SMS messages to Google Drive

Google has a handy service for backing up SMS messages and more, which uses Google Drive to store backups from the user’s personal data to restore them when they move to another smartphone. The disadvantage of the program is that it stores data in Google Drive, and all old backups are deleted over time.

The method of creating an automatic backup of SMS messages to Google Drive:

  1. Swipe your finger from top to bottom – a notification shadow will appear.
  2. Press Settings.
  3. Now swipe up to get to the bottom of the settings page.
  4. Select Google – Backup – Backup Now.

Each of your backups should appear in the Google Drive main menu. We’ll add that you have to pay $2 per month for the MMS media service and more disk space.

Creating an automatic SMS backup using a third-party app

Google Backup can do a good job, but you need to back up SMS messages to another cloud service along with restoring them to your smartphone. Let’s take the SMS Backup & Restore app as an example.

  1. We found the SMS Backup & Restore program in the Google Play Store and installed it.
  2. Open the app.
  3. Click on Get Started.
  4. Give access to the items that the application will request.
  5. Click on Configure Backup.
  6. Now select what you need and back it up. Click Next.
  7. Now choose a cloud storage service (Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive).
  8. Click Login and connect to the selected cloud storage service for backup.
  9. Once logged in, you can send a test file – click Save.
  10. After that, you’ll see the download options in front of you, where you have the opportunity to choose how to back up your messages (Wi-Fi or while charging).
  11. Click Next.
  12. Choose when to back up your data.
  13. Click Back up now.

Text message backups are now automatically saved where you specified they would be.

Restore SMS messages with SMS Backup & Restore

Once you’ve backed up your SMS messages, you can restore them to your new device:

  1. Launch SMS Backup & Restore.
  2. Click Restore.
  3. Check the boxes next to the backups.
  4. Click on the arrow near a backup of SMS messages.
  5. Click Restore – OK – Yes.
  6. When the restore is complete, click Close.

Your messages are now completely restored!