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How To: Backup Your Android SMS/Text Messages

SMS Backup + is an extremely useful tool for Android. It uses your Gmail account to backup all of your SMS and MMS messages!

I’ll start with a bit of background. My Motorola Defy (MB525) had been having some problems. I wasn’t getting notifications for new gmail messages. GPS seemed to stop working, foursquare location would never update and My Tracks would never track me fully.
A couple weeks of troubleshooting on the Motorola Defy Owners Forum didn’t produce any results.

So, I decided to do a factory reset. However, I wanted to keep all my messages. I found SMS Backup + and was very happy with its functionality.

Just install SMS Backup +, grant it access to your Google account, and start backing up. By default, it creates a new label called SMS in your Gmail. It then sends all of your messages to that label.

After I was done with the factory reset, all I had to do to get all my messages back was to install SMS Backup + again, login to Google through it, and click the Restore button. It then grabs all the messages from the SMS label in Gmail and brings them back onto your phone.

It will even do auto-backups that you can configure to run every two hours, or whatever interval you like.

So, if you have a need to backup your text messages or multimedia messages, I highly recommend SMS Backup +. It’s free as well, doesn’t really get much better than that.

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  • Mykle


    I have a Motorola Defy but encounter a big problem with this app.

    I downloaded and installed it, when I click on “Connect”, the browser opens and ask me if i want to allow this service to access my GMail account. When I click on “Allow”, it opens my sms app ! Have you got an idea about what’s happening ?

    For information, I didn’t root it neither install a custom ROM.

    Thank you in advance for your help ! 😉

    • Hi Mykle. Are you using a home replacement of any type (like ADW or Go Launcher)?

  • Mykle

    Hi Tyler,

    I actually have another launcher called “Launcher Pro”… Should I deactivacte it and use by default the MotoBlur one ?

    • If it’s not too much of a hassle, I’d try disabling Launcher Pro and see if it works with the default MotoBlur launcher.

      Sometimes third party launchers can cause odd behavior.

      I use ADW, but didn’t run into any issues using it.

  • Vikram Garg

    I have installed the app but I am unable “Grant access” in the Google account. The browser window keep looping in again and again to Grant access. I don’t know what to do. 🙁
    Please help
    I am using opera browser and its a Galaxy S (android 2.2)

    • Could you give it a try with the default web browser instead of Opera?