SMS Backup & Restore Pro

SMS Backup & Restore Pro


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A simple App to Backup and Restore SMS Messages. This is a Paid No-Ads version of the Ad-Supported Free App.

The backup is created locally on the phone by default unless you configure it to upload to Email, Google Drive or Dropbox. You are responsible for backup files and the files are not sent to the developer in any case.

On Android 4.4+ devices, if you have performed the Restore and the messages don't appear in your messaging app then:
- Open your messaging app and Disable SMS from Settings.
- Exit the app
- Open the app again and Enable SMS from Settings.

- Backup SMS Messages in XML format.
- Backup created locally on the device with options to automatically upload to Email, Google Drive or DropBox using the Add-On app.
- Choose a scheduled time to automatically backup.
- Backup format is independent of the Android version so the messages can be easily moved from one phone to another, irrespective of the Android version.
- Option to select which conversations to backup.
- View/Restore all Messages or only selected conversations.
- Delete all SMS Messages on the Phone.
- Email a backup file.
- The XML can then be converted to other formats, and can also be viewed on a computer.
- Tested on Android v1.5 to v4.4.2

On newer phones with inbuilt storage the default backup location will probably be the internal storage card and not the external.
This is because the phone reports the storage that way.
If you intend to do a factory reset on the phone, please make sure you save/email a copy of the backup outside the phone before doing it.

Lots more info at
FAQs can be found at

Please start the app at least once after updates so that the scheduled backups start working.

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 on Android 4.4+ devices.
* Storage: To create the Backup file on the SD card.
* Phone calls - Without this the Restore fails on some phones.
* Your social information: To display and store the contact names in the Backup file.
* Run at start-up: Start scheduled Backups.
* Control Vibration: To vibrate the phone when an operation is completed.
* 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.

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Recently changed in this version

v7.40, 7.41:
- External SD Card support for Lollipop (Android 5.0+) devices
- Added Ukrainian translations thanks to Євген Гіль

- Fix for Archive Mode backup errors

- Button text fixes for some languages
- Better handling of Group MMS messages
- Better filtering for conversation selection

- Printing and Button text fixes for some languages

Comments and ratings for SMS Backup & Restore Pro
  • (54 stars)

    by Lee Evans on 06/05/2015

    Easy to set up and works effortlessly in the background. Once it's been set up to sync with Google drive there is no more worrying about it.

  • (54 stars)

    by Tim Savvy on 28/04/2015

    The only reason I got the "paid" version was to support the development of this already awesome app. How can an awesome app be better in my opinion? * Delete All Messages option - Set a random password to make sure the user really wants to delete all (similar to Reset to Factory default in Android) * Delete All Messages - should have a progress bar. Every time I do this, it has taken hours and I'

  • (54 stars)

    by Neil Ross on 28/04/2015

    I have been using this app for close on five years and it has seen me through three phone changes and several factory resets. On each occasion all my texts/SMSs were faithfully restored to make me feel at home in my new circumstances. With the latest version (v7.40, 7.41) the developer(s) have restored the capability of saving to the external sd card, which, through no fault of theirs, was removed

  • (54 stars)

    by Nikola Novak on 23/04/2015

    Seamlessly backed up and transferred text messages between my phones of different manufacturer's and Android versions. Easy to use in basic format, but has sufficient flexibility & power for advanced usage, including schedules, automatic email/online backup, and handling of tricky MMS embedded files, emoji, etc. Able to select full or selective backup. Interface easy to understand for computer lit

  • (54 stars)

    by Christopher Hotchkiss on 15/04/2015

    Great app for each time I get a new phone, bought it to support the Dev!

  • (54 stars)

    by VP Change on 28/03/2015

    Did it in a less than a minute.Spent almost 3 hours to back up text messages from my Nexus 5. This app did in a minutes. With SMS well organized in PDF with date & time in table formats.Great tool also to print SMS.

  • (54 stars)

    by Ron Shortt on 25/03/2015

    I experiment with custom roms on my Note 2 and this app has always allowed me to keep my text messages across many factory resets and new roms.

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