If you’re an Android user and need to delete data on your phone, you know there are plenty of great options for backing up your phone first. A lot of this can be done through the cloud, so content can be restored easily, but backing up your SMS inbox requires the use of a third-party tool. There are many different options on Google Play, but the question is which one you should use. Most of the popular ones require access to your Gmail account to automatically create and restore backups, but if you don’t like providing that kind of access, we have a good option you can try, we ourselves use it to backup SMS our Messages on Android phones.

Here’s everything you need to know about backing up (and restoring) your phone text message archives, which can be kept on your device, mailed to yourself, saved to the cloud. This is useful if you need to reset your phone to factory settings, or if you want to switch to a new phone. We use SMS Backup and Restore which was acquired by Carbonite a few years ago. Just follow the steps below to backup text messages on your Android phone.

Create a backup of Android phone text messages

To create a backup of all SMS messages, you need to first install Carbonite SMS Backup and Restore on your phone. Once done, follow these steps:

  1. On the welcome screen, click start using.
  2. You have to grant access to Files (to save backups), Contacts, SMS (obviously) and Manage Phones (to backup your call logs).keep clicking allow on all four popups.
  3. tap setup backup.
  4. toggle Telephone Turn off if you just want to back up text.You can also tap advanced options If you want to backup MMS selected conversations; leave it alone if you want to backup the entire text archive.
  5. tap Next.
  6. Now, using the toggle button, choose where you want to back up.You can choose Google Drive Dropbox, but if you don’t want to grant access, you can turn on the toggle your cellphonethen manually copy the files.
  7. If you are ok with the default folder, click OKOtherwise click browse and find the folder where you want to save the backup.
  8. When done, click Nextthen in the pop-up window, click Yes.
  9. You can set a backup plan with the toggle at the front, turn it off Schedule regular backups switch.then click Backup now.
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That’s it, the backup will now be performed. We had about 13,000 messages on our phone and the whole process took less than three minutes. Once you have the backup file, you can copy it to your PC, manually save it to the cloud without linking your app to third-party software.

Restore Android phone SMS backup

After creating a backup of your Android phone’s SMS messages, you can go ahead and reset your phone, either because you want to try to free up space, because you’re moving to a new phone. Now that you have a backup, what are you going to do next? Once again, you need to install Carbonite SMS Backup and Restore on a new phone or a newly formatted phone. Once done, follow the steps below to restore SMS messages:

  1. Make sure to copy the SMS backup to your phone.
  2. Start Carbonite SMS Backup and Restore and click start using on the welcome screen.
  3. Click the hamburger menu icon in the upper corner, then click recover.
  4. tap local backup location If you are using a local copy, if you choose to use Google Drive or Dropbox, click the appropriate button.
  5. It should automatically find the latest backup, but if not, click choose another backup, and then click the file you want to recover from. Choose from toggles to decide what content, messages, and calls you want to restore.
  6. Click Restore, then OKand Yes Get started in the next two popups.

SMS Backup Restore Carbonate

It’s all here. The app restores all your messages, so even if you’re switching to a new phone, you can pick up where you off. If you’re backing up an existing device, it also checks for duplicates so you don’t flood your inbox with copies. The process is not as fast as backing up messages. It takes about 5 minutes to restore about 13,000 messages.

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Once that’s done, you’re ready to go, uninstall the app if you want, if you want to schedule regular backups, this is an option available to you as well. Since the app needs to be the default SMS app for recovering messages, you’ll need to go to your SMS app and open it to make it the default again, but other than that, you don’t need to do anything else.

Did this tip work for you? Do you have a preferred alternative to backup SMS messages on your Android phone? Tell us and other readers in the comments, and check out our other helpful tips in the How-To section.

By Rebecca French

Rebecca French writes books about Technology and smartwatches. Her books have received starred reviews in Technology Shout, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. She is a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller...