One of the advantages of Android as an operating system is the flexibility and adaptability of its functionalities and apps. One such functionality is the ability to back up the text messages from your phone to your email account. With SMS Backup+ you can not only save and restore your text messages from your email, but you can also view your text messages as threads in your inbox.
Method 1 of 2: Save text messages with Gmail
Step 1. Open Gmail in your browser
The uniqueness of SMS Backup+ is that it not only backs up your text messages, but also sends them to your email account in the form of a readable thread (most other backup apps use your text messages in the form of an encrypted file that is difficult to read). The easiest way to do this is by using a Gmail account. Create a Gmail account if you don't already have one, then log into your Gmail account in your browser.
If you prefer not to use Gmail, you can have your Gmail sent to the email address of your choice. Advanced users can configure SMS Backup+ to work with any email address that uses an IMAP server
Step #2. Go to the Gmail Settings
To work with Gmail, SMS Backup+ requires the setting “IMAP” to be turned on in Gmail. IMAP access allows other programs and apps to make and receive changes to your email account. Click the gear icon at the top right (below the profile picture and notifications) and select “Settings” from the expanded menu.
Step 3. Go to the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” settings
Click "Forwarding and POP/IMAP Settings" from the menu at the top of the Gmail Settings page.
Step 4. Enable IMAP
Locate the IMAP access section on the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP Settings” page. Make sure the circle to the left of "Enable IMAP" is selected.
Step 5. Save your changes
Remember to scroll to the bottom of the settings page and click Save changes.
Step 6. Download and install SMS Backup+ from Google Play Store
Open the Google Play Store and search for SMS Backup+ to find and install the app. The correct app has "Jan Berkel" as developer name under the name of the app.
Step 7. Connect SMS Backup+ to your Gmail account
Open the app and tap "Connect" (it should be the first option under Backup and Restore). Select your Gmail account from the list of accounts shown. Your phone will then ask to allow the app to access your Gmail account. Tap Grant Access. If your account is not listed, you can add it in the following way:
- Open the settings app on your phone.
- Find the “Accounts” section among the settings.
- Tap “Add Account” within the “Accounts” section.
- Tap “Google” on the page that appears.
- Tap Existing on the “Add a Google Account” page.
- Log in with your Gmail username and password.
Step 8. Back up your text messages
Tap Backup to back up your text messages. This will take a few minutes (or a little more), depending on the number of messages to be processed. The progress of the app will be shown within the app itself and with the notifications on your phone.
Step 9. View your backups in Gmail
Open Gmail in your browser and click on the SMS label. The backups created by the app will be sent to your Gmail inbox and will be labeled "SMS". Find the SMS label in the left Gmail pane and click on it, or write label:SMS in the Gmail- search bar and press ↵ Enter.
If you use an email program such as Outlook or Thunderbird to view your Gmail, or if you forward your Gmail to another email account, the saved texts will appear there
Method 2 of 2: Save text messages without Gmail
Step 1. Find out the addresses and port numbers of your email server
While it is much easier to use a Gmail account to store and view your text messages, advanced users can configure the backup application to work with any email provider that uses IMAP to send emails and receive. IMAP access allows other programs and apps to make and receive changes to your email account. Your IMAP server and port number can be found by searching online (look for something like Hotmail IMAP settings or xs4all IMAP settings). If you use an email client such as Outlook, Thunderbird, or Apple Mail, they can also be found in your account settings in the “Incoming Mail Server” field.
- Common IMAP server names are imap-mail.outlook.com for Microsoft email addresses and imap.mail.yahoo.com.
- Most IMAP servers use port 993.
Step 2. Download and install SMS Backup+ from Google Play Store
The uniqueness of SMS Backup+ is that it not only backs up your text messages, but also sends them to your email account as a readable thread (most other backup apps save your text messages in the form of an encrypted file that is difficult to read). Open the Google Play Store and search for SMS Backup+ to find and install the app. The correct app has "Jan Berkel" as developer name under the name of the app.
Step 3. Go to “Advanced Settings”
Open the app and tap "Advanced Settings" near the bottom.
Step 4. Go to “IMAP server settings”
Tap on “IMAP server settings”. It should be the last option.
Step 5. Tap on “Authentification” and select “Plain text”
This will allow you to enter your email settings instead of using a Google account.
Step 6. Tap on “Server address"
Enter your IMAP settings you found earlier in the following format: address:port number. For example: imap-mail.outlook.com:993. Tap OK when you're done.
Step 7. Tap "Your IMAP account/email address"
Enter your email address here and then tap OK.
Step 8. Tap on “Password”
Enter your email password here and tap OK.
Step 9. Back up your text messages
Tap Backup to back up your text messages. This will take a few minutes (or more) depending on how many messages you are saving. The progress of the app will be shown within the app itself and with the notifications on your phone.
If you get an "Unknown certificate" error during the backup, go back to the IMAP server settings, tap "Security" and then "SSL (option/trust all)"
Step 10. View your backups in your email account
Open your email. The backups created by the app are sent to your email and stored in a folder called “SMS". You can also find the saved text messages by searching your email for SMS with.