With the emergence of mobile plans offering unlimited SMS, we no longer call each other but send messages. As a result, our smartphones are full of all kinds of text messages (family, friends, work). In order not to lose any of these precious messages, we suggest two methods to save your SMS on an Android phone.

Save your SMS in Google Drive

The democratization of smartphones has literally exploded the use of text messages. According to a study conducted by Gartner, every second, more than 200,000 SMS are sent worldwide. The rise of instant messaging platforms does not seem to have diminished the popularity of texting.

SMS has taken a considerable place in our lives. Access code, order confirmation, notification, love relationship, password, some messages contain irreplaceable data or information to which you attach great importance (sentimental value).

In case of theft, loss, breakdown or change of phone, you risk to lose irreversibly all these precious data. But, have you thought about backing up your SMS? Several free services allow you to store your conversations so that you can restore them on a new smartphone. This is the case of Google for example.

The American giant offers a free SMS backup service. Very simple to use, the tool is able to automatically manage the complete backup of your exchanges. Here are the steps to follow to configure the option on your phone.

  • Open the notifications pane by sliding your finger from the top to the bottom of the screen
  • Click on the cogwheel icon to open the Android settings
  • Scroll down the window
  • Click on the GoogleDécouvrez comment utiliser Google One pour garder une trace de vos SMS
  • Select the option SaveConfigurer le système de sauvegarde de votre compte Google
  • Then press the button Save automatically
  • Click on the switch at the top of the screen to activate the saving of SMS on Google Drive

Your text messages will now be saved on your account Google Drive. You will be able to access them directly from the main interface of the Google Drive site. Be careful, the old backups will be deleted automatically.

This may cause you some problems especially if you have deleted an SMS by mistake. You will not be able to restore the backup corresponding to the date when the text was last consulted. Below is a method to send and receive SMS from a tablet without a SIM card.

Copy SMS to a computer

For those who do not want to store their data in the cloud, there are other solutions. There are Android applications on the Play Store that can save your personal data on a hard drive or in the memory of your phone. We will explain how to use them.

  • Open the Play Store on your phone
  • Type in the search engine SMS Backup & Restore or click on the link opposite
  • Launch the application, once installed on your device
  • Press the start button
  • Accept all authorization requests
  • Press the set up backup button
  • Make sure the Message switch is activated
  • Note that the application is also able to backup your call logs
  • Press the next button
  • Then select the place where you want to store your backups
  • In this example we will choose the storage space of the smartphone (we click on the button Your Phone)Stocker localement vos sauvegardes de textos dans la mémoire de votre téléphone
  • The application is compatible with different cloud services (Google Drive but also OneDevice) Cloud (Google Drive but also OneDrive)
  • Then choose the name to give to your backup
  • You can also if you wish create a special folder dedicated to the storage of this type of data
  • Then press the Save button
  • Check the box Schedule recurrent backups and select the day and time to start the operationProgrammer des sauvegardes automatiques de votre messagerie
  • The application also offers you the possibility to prevent the automatic destruction of the backup
  • Press the Backup Now button to start the process

Don’t forget to transfer your backup to another support. Indeed if you lose your phone or if it breaks down you will lose the backup stored locally in the memory of your device.