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
Dec 21, 2023

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

Ratings and reviews

127K reviews
Justin McBride
April 10, 2024
This is what I have been looking for! Finally, a SMS backup app that actually works. Super flexible too - I feel like I'm in complete control of the backup process. And as a techy person, I love the documentation they have on their website. It enabled me to edit the backup to manually fix texts that previous backup apps corrupted in the past. Only request is to add an option to skip a scheduled backup when there is nothing new. Backups can be huge, so it'd save storage, time, and data usage.
37 people found this review helpful
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John Carver
March 25, 2024
UPDATE: the developer responded promptly to inform me that there is a setting that will do exactly what I wanted to do! I have changed the rating to 5 stars which is well-deserved. (This is essentially a 5-star App. I deducted 1-star because I would like to have a user setting that allows cloud backup over a cellular connection. Because I leave my device on LTE, the scheduled backups fail until I switch back to my Wi-Fi network. In the big picture, this is just a small inconvenience.)
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SyncTech Pty Ltd
March 25, 2024
You can remove the Wifi requirement from Menu - Settings - Backup location screen.
Lazaro Barajas
May 9, 2024
Backing up because I'm about to do a factory reset. Every time I try to back up it gets stuck right at the start due to the local backup not working correctly. (I use Google Drive for their cloud backup.) It always says it doesn't have access to the Backup Folders even though I gave it all the permissions possible in the app settings. The issue persists no matter if I connect to Wi-Fi, mobile data, or a VPN. Please help so I may change my review.
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SyncTech Pty Ltd
May 9, 2024
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What's new

Fix for some MMS messages failing to restore on Android 14 devices.