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
Sep 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
Donald Fink
September 29, 2022
I initially rated this app at 1 star because I couldn't figure it out. I was trying to move old text messages from an old phone over to a new phone without overwriting my current messages. Turns out that this ability is in the "transfer" menu option, on the pull-down from the upper left part of the page. I installed this app on both phones, made the transfer, easy peasy.
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October 1, 2022
OK, but could be great with one simple change. They need to generate backup files in file formats that can be easily transferred from a smart phone to a computer or external hard drive. You can email individual texts, or text strings with 30 or 40 texts, but nothing larger because of file size limitations of email providers. I want to be able to transfer ALL texts. Using the Cloud to store SMS backups is dangerous, because sophisticated criminals or criminal enterprises can access the files.
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Scarlet Foxx
October 2, 2022
Rating: 10/10 - Been using the app for almost 10 years. Worked as a professional device technician & specialist & always recommended clients used this to back up messages, especially on Android devices. Does the job & does it well with the ability to back up years of content using multi cloud options including GOOGLE DRIVE. You can set up automatic back-up to keep the save files up to date if you loose or break your device. Great app, much respect to the team behind it. Get PRO for ad-free!
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What's new

- Fix for Wi-Fi detection on Android 13 devices
- Added filtering in contact/conversation lists
- Option to invert selection in lists