Download Backup and Restore app to save SMS on Android

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wanted to save text messages on an Android smartphone but didn’t know how to do that? If your answer is Yes, we have the perfect solution for you. We found an application that helps you save and restore your SMS messages in a jiffy. All that is needed from you are some steps you need to follow religiously.

The name of the wonder app is SMS Backup & Restore. You can download and install this application from the Google Store, from this link. We got it online, installed it and it delivered great results. Below is what you need to do to get it on your Android device.

Important instructions

  1. First step: save your SMS messages in the XML format. Then decide when to perform the automatically scheduled backups; this way the process will be done automatically.
  2. The second step sounds like this: choose what conversations you want to create a backup of. The format of the file does not depend on the Android OS your phone is using. This practically means that your SMS messages are very easy to transfer between various smartphones.
  3. Step 3: choose the option called View/Restore all messages; if you want you can only choose certain messages instead of all of them.
  4. The next step, number 4, tells us to erase every single text messages on our device and then send the backup archive as a usual email.
  5. Once step 4 over, along comes step 5, which instructs the user to either upload or send the file to Google Cloud or in your Dropbox account, via email. This is done via an application named Add-On. Finally, export the XML file in the various other formats.backup-restore-app

Permissions

In order for this kind of application to fully work, it requires certain permissions. Below is a list of them.

  1. First, the important data and contact info (also called android.permission.READ_CONTACTS). This is used for the storage of the names from the phone agenda in the backup archive.
  2. Second, a couple of phone tools (also called android.permission.WAKE_LOCK) used during the entire process so that the device does not sleep.
  3. Third, your phone will need the android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE file. This is used when you want to write the XML file on the phone memory card.
  4. Fourth: an application which is responsible by the vibrations control – (also called android.permission.VIBRATE) – that will help the device vibrate whenever a restore or backup phase is happening.

Then there are the actual messages. You must install the android.permission.WRITE_SMS and android.permission.READ_SMS files, to be sure that the reading / restoring process is done in safe conditions. Automatically Start on Boot is another helper which starts something called Scheduled Backups. Read Phone State and Identity is a tool which is able to fix an error happened during the restoring process.

android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE is a file that is needed by the Google Admob Ads in order to see how the network behaves before it asks for Ads.

Finally, the last on the list is the android.permission.INTERNET file, the file responsible by the device data transfer. Without the latter, the smartphone cannot show advertisements.

The SMS Backup & Restore app is an ad-supported application. Which translates into the fact that must be connected to the Internet, to be able to show ads.

The location the file will go to can very well be the phone’s SD card. Should your plans include a Wipe Data, the export of the resulting file on an external medium and the use of the SMS Backup and Restore app at the end of the process.

You can download and install this app from here.

Posted In How To - By Mihai Mateescu

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