SMS Backup & Restore Pro

SMS Backup & Restore Pro

10,000 - 50,000 downloads

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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 Hangouts then:
- Open Hangouts and Disable SMS from Settings.
- Exit the Hangouts app
- Open Hangouts 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

Please note that MMS (Picture/Audio/Video messages) support is currently in BETA.

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

- Better error messages for external SD card issues on Android 4.4+ devices.
- Option to use the system file browser on Android 4.4+ devices.
- Bug fixes

- Bug fixes

- Another fix for external SD Card issues on some phones

- Crash fix
- Fix for external SD Card issues on some phones

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

    by KanagaDeepan N on 24/08/2014

    Especially for people who flash custom ROM frequently

  • (77 stars)

    by Sam Jones on 20/08/2014

    Ironically the free app has the same features just about but it goes to how much I rate this app that I want to support the developer. It is the only thing that consistently works and automatically backing up daily to my Google Drive or Dropbox with no fails. Been using over a year (I am a new Android convert) and it is one of the apps I use the most even though I don't have to open it very often.

  • (77 stars)

    by Adam Anderson on 14/08/2014

    This is the best app for backing up your text messages (in my opinion). There are many options including cloud backup and automatic backup. This app makes it very simple to backup your messages. From the app "or" the backup you can even email yourself specific messages for later reference. Nice layout and simple to use!!! Well Done DEV!!!

  • (77 stars)

    by Allan W on 11/08/2014

    Does exactly what it should with lots of options. And it's maintained by a very responsive dev

  • (77 stars)

    by Liang JT on 24/07/2014

    Great backup app!

  • (77 stars)

    by Omar Javaid on 20/07/2014

    This is one of my core Android apps. The developer responds to bugs very quick. Works perfectly even from device to device. Love this app.

  • (77 stars)

    by Anis Z. on 14/07/2014

    My backup app of choice.