Copying Android Text Messages to Your Computer

By Chad Davis

Backup messages to your SD card to restore on another device
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Accessing your text messages on your computer is a convenient method to manage your mobile communications. Archiving your old messages prevents data loss and helps prepare you in the event of a missing device. While Google does not automatically backup your mobile SMS, several third-party mobile applications provide backup solutions. It's possible to copy your messages to your Google Drive, send your backup file via an email attachment and view your current conversations on the Web.

Copy SMS via Google Drive

Download and install the "SMS Backup & Restore" app and the "SMS Backup & Restore Add-On" app via the Google Play store (see Resources section). The add-on is required to upload to Google Drive. Open "SMS Backup & Restore."

Tap the "Menu" button, tap "Preferences," and then tap "Backup Settings." Check the box next to "Upload to Google Drive" then tap "Google Drive Settings."

Tap the "Log In" button. If prompted, choose one of your Google accounts and tap "OK." Tap the "OK" button to grant the app access to your Google Drive.

Enter a folder name into the "(Optional) Folder to Upload the Files In" field to help organize your messages in Google Drive. For example, enter "SMS" as the folder name. Tap the "Save" button to save your settings. Tap the "Back" key twice on your device to return to the main app screen.

Tap the "Backup" button and then tap the "OK" button. Tap the "OK" button again to begin the backup process.

Log into Google Drive via a Web browser on your computer (link in Resources). Check the box next to the folder you created for your backup. Click the "More" drop-down menu button and click "Download…" Click the "Download" button and save the zipped folder to your computer.

Send SMS Backup via Email

Download "Super Backup - SMS & Contacts," developed by Mobile Idea Studio, from the Google Play store and install it on your device (link in Resources). Open the app.

Tap the "Backup" button to backup all of your SMS messages, or tap "Backup Conversations" to choose individual conversations to backup. Tap the "Send" button when asked if you want to send your backup file via email. Tap a method for sending to email. For example, tap "Gmail" to use your Gmail account to send your backup file.

Enter the email address you wish to send your backup to into the "To" field. For example, enter your Gmail email address to send the backup to your own email account. Then tap the "Send" button, resembling an arrow.

Log in to your email account on your computer, locate the email you sent from your mobile device and download the attachment containing your SMS backup to your desktop.

Access SMS via Web

Install MightyText's "SMS Text Messaging - PC Texting" app via the Google Play store (link in Resources). Open "SMS Text Messaging - PC Texting."

Tap the field below "Select Which Google Account to Use" and choose the Google account you wish to use. Tap the "Complete Setup" button. Tap "Allow Access" when prompted by your device. A MightyText screen will display "Connected" in bold text.

Open a Web browser on your computer and navigate to the MightyText app website (link in Resources). Sign in with the Google account you choose during setup. Click the "Allow" button to grant MightyText access to your Google account. A real-time copy of your SMS messages displays via the "Classic View" panel on the sidebar.