For some, text messaging is superior to all other forms of communication. You can stay in touch with others while keeping busy with other things such as working, streaming or gaming. There’s no obligation to be on the ball every second, and you can take your time and craft appropriate responses or end the conversation with a universally accepted “Gotta go.”
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Your text message databank may be full of memes and obligatory responses, but there are probably some messages that you don’t want to lose. You can back them up using your phone’s native apps and features or go with a third party. We’ll show you some options below.
SMS Backup and Restore
If you’re on an Android, you’re in luck. Google’s mobile operating system is more forgiving than Apple’s iOS, so you have more options for apps that can access your text messages. SMS Backup & Restore is one such app and you can find it in the Google Play Store.
The app backs up (creates a copy of) SMS & MMS messages and call logs that are on your phone at the time you run it. It can also restore these messages from existing backups. This includes group messages and messages containing pictures, music and videos.
The app creates a local backup to your phone, and you can back up to the cloud, Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive. You can create backups whenever you wish, or you can schedule automatically recurring backups.
The recovery feature only works if you have a backup created by the app. It cannot recover deleted messages otherwise. Backups are created in XML format.
The Play Store description reads that the app has been tested on Android 5.0 and higher.
Here’s how to use SMS Backup & Restore:
- Launch SMS Backup & Restore and grant the necessary permissions.
- Tap Set Up a Backup. Turn off Call logs if you just want to backup your messages. Then tap Next.
- Select your cloud storage and Log in.
- When you’re ready, tap Save.
- Select your upload options: Over Wi-Fi and/or While Charging and tap Next.
- Choose a backup frequency then tap Back Up Now.
Your iPhone can back up all sorts of data to your iCloud account. Photos, mail, contacts, notes, passwords and game saves can all be backed up. You can also back up your messages.
Messages in iCloud are updated automatically so that you can see them across all your devices. When you delete a message or conversation from one device, the same happens to all others connected to your iCloud.
To turn on Messages in iCloud, make sure that you’ve set up iCloud and are signed in with your Apple ID. You’ll need to use two-factor authentication with your Apple ID and also turn on iCloud Keychain.
Once you’ve gone through the above process, go to Settings and tap your name. Then tap iCloud and toggle Messages on.
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While you have many backup choices for Android, the same can’t be said for Apple devices. iExplorer lets you access, view and transfer music, messages, photos and files from any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) to any Mac or PC.
The iExplorer SMS client works with all sorts of text messages, including group and messages containing media such as videos and images. iExplorer lets you access and save your iPhone’s messages to your Mac or PC as a .PDF, .TXT, or .CSV document.
You’ll need to be running Windows 7, 8, 10 or later and have an iTunes account.
Here’s how to transfer text messages from your iOS device to your computer:
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and open iExplorer.
- Click on the Data tab and then the Messages button.
- If you haven’t created an iTunes backup on this computer, you’ll be asked if you’d like to. Choose Yes. If you already have an iTunes backup and it’s more than 24 hours old, iExplorer will ask whether you’d like to Use Last Backup or Refresh.
- When iExplorer is finished loading your messages, choose a conversation in the left panel. Use the icons to filter by date-range, show attachments, or simply export the entire conversation.
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