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
May 4, 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

126K reviews
Jennifer Sprague
May 12, 2023
An app that actually does what it says! I could not use Smart Switch because my older Samsung couldn't support it. I was freaking out about losing all my text messages. This restored them ALL, and call logs. And fast! After spending an hour messing around with Google 1, Samsung Cloud, and of course the Smart Switch that would never work, this saved my day. Agreed! This is the app Google/Samsung/Everyone should offer. I would highly recommend!
120 people found this review helpful
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Cynthia Burch Horton
June 4, 2023
I've used this previously to transfer texts messages to other phones, which was helpful; however, I recently wanted to back them up on the computer so could delete them from my phone. I uploaded to Google drive, but it's a scrambled mess! Not happy about that. *Added star for explanation. I'd like a way to download the conversations from the viewable page, to save to my computer.
73 people found this review helpful
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SyncTech Pty Ltd
June 4, 2023
You can use the print feature to print to PDF and store on your computer.
Joseph Stone
August 4, 2023
Updating again because I just upgraded to a Redmi Note 12 Pro and used this app to transfer my messages/call logs. It worked fine for all my SMS messages, (although it took well over an hour to complete the transfer) but I realized it does not include any RCS ones, so big chunks of my conversations with other Android users are now missing. For some reason, the transfer also excluded many pictures I'd sent people. I still think it's a good app, but I was disappointed by these missing features.
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SyncTech Pty Ltd
August 4, 2023
Which phone did you transfer from? Please email us on so that we can help troubleshoot.

What's new

Fix for folders not working properly when browsing backups stored on the phone