SMS Backup & Restore

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About this app

SMS Backup & Restore is an app that backs up (creates a copy of) SMS & MMS messages and call logs currently available on the phone. It can also restore messages and call logs from already existing backups.

Note: This app requires existing backups to be able to restore call logs and messages. It cannot recover anything without existing backups.

For questions or issues please visit our FAQ at:

- Backup SMS (text) messages, MMS and call logs in XML format.
- Local device backup with options to automatically upload to Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive.
- Choose a recurring scheduled time to automatically backup.
- Option to select which conversations to backup or restore.
- View and drill into your local and cloud backups.
- Search backups.
- Restore/transfer backup to another phone. Backup format is independent of the Android version so the messages and logs can be easily transferred from one phone to another, irrespective of the version.
- Fast Transfer between 2 phones over WiFi direct
- Free up space on your phone. Delete all SMS messages or call logs on the Phone.
- Email a backup file.
- The XML backup can be viewed on a computer via the online viewer at

- Tested on Android 5.0 and higher
- App only restores backups made by this app
- Backup is created locally on the phone by default, but has options to upload to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or Email. At no time are the files sent to the developer.
- Please ensure there is a copy of the backup outside the phone before performing a factory reset on the phone.

This App needs access to the following:
* Your messages: Backup and Restore messages. Receive SMS permission needed to properly handle messages received while the app is the default messaging app.
* Your Calls and Contact information: Backup and Restore Call Logs.
* Storage: To create the Backup file on the SD card.
* Network view and communication: Allows the app to connect to wifi for backup
* Your social information: To display and store the contact names in the Backup file.
* Run at start-up: Start scheduled Backups.
* Prevent Phone from Sleeping: To prevent the phone from going to sleep/suspended state while a Backup or Restore operation is in progress.
* Test access to Protected Storage: To create the Backup file on the SD card.
* Account Information: To authenticate with Google Drive and Gmail for cloud uploads.
* Location: Only requested and used during WiFi direct transfer due to a security requirement on Android.
Updated on
Jun 21, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
App activity, App info and performance, and Device or other IDs
No data collected
Learn more about how developers declare collection
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted
125K reviews
Lora Coggins
August 5, 2022
Perfectly fine app, just two things that I'm a little annoyed about: 1. The messages with the attachments don't actually show the attachments in the final result, even if it's just a photo. 2. Backing it up to Google Drive is not really worth it since it comes in an XML file, it takes you to a website to make the XML file "more readable", and then the site says "Download the messages on the app to view it." It would have been better to keep it local. Other than that, it's a solid app.
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SyncTech Pty Ltd
August 6, 2022
The built in viewer from Menu - View Backups and the online viewer both show attachments. Please email us on if that does not work for you. Storing on Google Drive is for safe keeping so you don't lose the backup if the phone is lost or stops working. You can set the app to only keep the backups locally as well.
Nicole Gauvreau
July 24, 2022
I've had this app since 2018, and it worked really well for most of that time. However it has now (July 2022) not actually backed anything up (including trying manually) since October 2021. It always says "A network error occurred. Please make sure the device can connect to the internet.", despite my being connected to wifi and every other app on my phone recognizing that.
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SyncTech Pty Ltd
July 24, 2022
Please send us logs from the app immediately after you get that error so that we can investigate further. Menu - Help and feedback - Send app logs to developer.
b elders
July 17, 2022
I've had SMS Backup & Restore app for four years, ever since my old phone suddenly died in 2018. I can't give this quiet, non-intrusive app enough praise. E.g., last week I accidentally swiped and lost an entire thread of important messages. After two panicked days trying to recover the thread and multiple various (additional) recovery tools/apps that supposedly could fix the problem, but failed, I asked SMS to move my restore point back 24 hrs, and all messages, photos, etc returned!
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What's new

- Updated some screens to clarify action buttons
- Fix for date range selection
- Better error handling for OneDrive issues on older devices
- Fix for some Dropbox upload issues