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
Feb 27, 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
127K reviews
Bob S
March 4, 2023
Outstanding app. No native Google, Samsung or Verizon app protects your messages for restoration on the same phone if you should accidentally delete one message, one thread, or all conversations. This does and it let's you restore only what you want. Plus it backs up to your phone and the cloud of your choice. Plus it is sophisticated to do full, incremental or differential backups. The developers allow you to turn off ads without a fee. A total must have! Top notch!
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March 4, 2023
Rarely write a review. Been tearing my hair out for ages trying to backup and restore messages to my new phone (Google Pixel 7 Pro) and the process was a bit long but it worked in the end. If you need a simple step by step, Check out the "Move texts to a new android phone" guide on "Techlicious". Simple and easy. Definitely worth the five stars. Keep up the great work!
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Steven Copley
February 20, 2023
I am one the most non-technical people around. I had moved my contacts etc. around a couple times (left my provider and ended up going back in less than two weeks)...there were 3 phones involved. I was scared to death of losing information. The contacts and pics were, well, automatic thanks to Google. Then there were my text messages...nothing critical but I wanted them. This app was easy...EASY! Use it! 10 stars!
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What's new

- More fixes for upload issues with Dropbox and Google Drive
- Viewer now displays date ranges for the whole backup as well as each conversation
- Added ISO-8601 as a readable date option