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How to save your text messages

It's hard to imagine everyday life without text messages. You send texts to friends. "I'll be right there." You text photos to your family and you chat with coworkers by text, too. "The meeting starts in 10 minutes."

Yet, for most of us, texting just a few years ago was something that only teenagers did. After all, we had cellphones to call people and email to send them messages. So, why text?

Of course, that has all changed with messaging apps and texts. In fact, we send nearly 19 billion text messages each day, and those figures are from a few years ago.

Yet, there is one puzzling fact about text messages that most of us can't figure out: how to save them. If you needed to save your texts, say for a court case or to hold onto cherished memories, would you know how to do that?

Probably not. But, don't worry. These simple tips will walk you through the process of saving text messages on your Android smartphones and tablets. Keep reading for tips to save texts on your iPhones and iPads.

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Save Android Texts

You'd think with all the advances in technology that saving a text message would be a simple, one-tap step on your phone. As people say, there's an app for just about everything.

That does include FREE apps for saving your text messages on your Android smartphone. Do a search and see which apps you find, or ask a trusted friend which one they use. Better yet, turn to your most-trusted source for tech news, tips and useful information: Komando.com.

One free app we like is SMS Backup and Restore. You'll find it in the Google Play store. Once installed, you can save your text messages (and emails and other messages). You can select which texts to save or set it up to automatically backup your texts at specific times.

There's a search feature so you can easily find your saved texts. Plus, you can save your texts to the cloud so you can access them from any internet-connected device.

Don't have an Android smartphone? If you're an Apple fan, keep reading to find out how to save your iPhone texts.

Bonus: How to backup all your devices to one account.

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Step-By-Step Saving Texts in iOS

When it comes to Apple devices, it won't be as easy on your pocketbook. The good news is when you do your regular backups of your iPhone, a backup of your messages is created. So, if you get a new phone, all of your messages will transfer over. However, the downside is that you can't export or see all of your messages on your computer.

To do that, you'll need a program on your Mac like eCamm's Phone View. It will set you back around $30, but it gives you more options for archiving your messages. When you plug your phone in, you can transfer and save all of your messages, logs, voicemails and pretty much anything else off your iPhone directly on your computer.

While it's easy to bemoan the relative difficulty of saving a text message, it's important that you do it. Just think about this. Have you ever had one of those days where you're just tired of scrolling through your hundreds or thousands of texts? So, you just start deleting them.

Or maybe your phone is slowing down, or you're getting alerts telling you that you're running out of storage. Delete, delete, delete.

Taking all that junk off your iPhone may give you a momentary sense of satisfaction. But in no time, you're remembering the important messages you had in there: photos, texts that included friends' addresses and phone numbers.

To avoid this, backup your texts to Apple's iTunes. It takes a little work. But doing this on a regular basis will ensure that you have all your important messages in one location that you can retrieve from any internet-connected device.

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