Most likely, your Android mobile will automatically make a backup copy, which includes SMS messages. You can use this copy to restore data, including SMS, to another mobile where you are using your account, but if you just want to export and import SMS, there are simpler options.
If you just want to transfer your SMS from one Android mobile to another, the SMS Backup application is a very easy and free way. This application creates a ZIP file with all your SMS, which you can restore later on any Android mobile.
How to export your SMS
The first step is obviously to export all your messages. The first thing you will need as soon as you open the app is grant the necessary permissions, which in this case are the permission to access contacts, media content of the device and, of course, SMS messages.
Then the process is pretty much pushing the only button available. Right off the bat, all SMS are selected, although you can also manually select which ones you want to export. When they are, press To safeguard, on the floating button.
The app will ask you if you want to include the media files like photos or voice notes and when done it will ask if you want send you the copy by email or Google Drive. It is recommended to choose yes, because in this case it will create a ZIP file with all the messages and open the share menu of the mobile. You can use any app that supports sending files, like Telegram.
If you do not choose this option, the SMS are exported as a string of HTML files, one for each message. You will find them in the folder where they were exported and you can view them with any web browser. It is recommended that you delete these files after making the copy, as they may contain confidential information.
How to import your SMS
After creating your backup, you might want to restore it to another mobile. You will then need send the ZIP file to this mobile with any app or method you prefer and save it in the mobile storage.
Install SMS Backup on this mobile and open the ⋮ menu to choose Restore. You have to press the button Add a backup and use the Android file browser to choose the ZIP file with the backup.
If all went well, SMS Backup will recognize the backup and inform you that it should be configured as default messaging app to perform the restore, a requirement of Android KitKat. Restoring is relatively fast, although it depends on the number of messages and whether they have a lot of media inside.
- Developer: jerry zigo
- Download it on: Google play
- Price: To free
- Category: Tools