Android: how to back up and restore your SMS

by Kelvin
Phonandroid : actu Android et High-tech

There are very practical applications that can back up your SMS and then restore them in case of reset of his phone or in case of change of device. Convenient to transfer your old SMS to a new smartphone. Let's see how to use them.


Many Android users have once asked themselves the question of knowing how to save your SMS and how to restore them. This is for example the case when you change your smartphone or when you have to do a reset in case of a problem. Well know that there is nothing simpler and that it is pure enough to download one of the most famous applications of Andoid: SMS Backup & Restore.

This application is at once easy to use and also free. A paid version at € 3.95 exists, but it's just to remove ads, all features are available on the free version. The paid application is mainly there to support the developer.

Before you start this tutorial, you need to download the application on the Google Play Store :

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    After pressing save you are going to have several options, either save to the phone memory, or to the external memory card if you have one. I advise to make the backup on the SD card, because it will be easier to transfer it on your new phone. Then you have other options that will be available to you. One of the novelties is to be able to save your call log. You will be able to choose a name (the basic one is the date with the time simply), you can also choose to save your MMS and emojis sent, but the backup will be heavier. Then you can select to save all conversations or just some. Finally you can choose to upload or not the backup, for the uploader you will need the Add-On mentioned at the beginning.Once this is done, you can start the backup, it will be longer or shorter depending on the number of SMS. After finishing the backup, you will have a message for see if everything went well.

How to restore SMS with SMS Backup & Restore?

Save SMS is good, restore them better especially when you have to do a reset or change smartphone. You should know that the SMS backup file is in / Sdcard / SMSBackupRestoreOnce you have recovered the file, open the application and "Restore".

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    From there the application offers you the most recent backups or so you can go get yourself the backup that you want or take the one that was uploaded.Once you have selected the backup, you can choose to restore the MMS or not, and restore all the backup or only from a specific date.Attention from Android 4.4 the app needs to be the default application for SMS, you just have to press yes, and once the restoration is finished you will be able to change the SMS application again by default. Now the restoration will start, it will be much longer than saving especially if you have several thousand SMS, sometimes it can take several tens of minutes. As for the backup, you will have a popup to warn you that it's over and see if everything went well.

How to restore SMS on a smartphone Xiaomi, OnePlus, Huawei and Samsung

It is also possible to use solutions from the builders here are some: