For some, text messaging is better than all other forms of communication. You can keep in touch with others while you are busy with other things like work, streaming or gaming. There’s no obligation to be on the ball every second, and you can take your time and formulate appropriate responses or end the conversation with a universally accepted “go got go.”
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Your text message may be filled with databank memes and obligatory responses, but there are probably some messages you just don’t want to lose. You can back them up using your phone’s native apps and features, or go with a third party. We will show you some options below.
SMS Backup & Restore
If you’re on Android, you’re in luck. Google’s mobile operating system is more forgiving than Apple’s iOS, so you have more options for apps that can access your text messages. SMS Backup & Restore is one such app and you can find it in Google Play Store.
The app backs up (makes a copy of) SMS and MMS messages and call logs that you have on your phone at the time your phone is running. It can also restore these messages from an existing backup. This includes group messages and messages containing pictures, music, and videos.
The app creates a local backup for your phone, and you can back up to the cloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. You can create backups whenever you want, or you can automatically schedule recurring backups.
The recovery feature only works if you have a backup created by the app. It cannot recover deleted messages otherwise. Backups are created in XML format.
The Play Store description reads that the app has been tested on Android 5.0 and higher.
Your iPhone can back up all kinds of data to your iCloud account. Photos, mail, contacts, notes, passwords and game saves can all be backed up. You can also back up your messages.
Messages in iCloud are updated automatically so you can view them on all your devices. When you delete a message or conversation from one device, the same thing happens to everyone else connected to your iCloud.
To turn on Messages in iCloud, make sure you’ve set up iCloud and are signed in with your Apple ID. You need to use two-factor authentication with your Apple ID and also have iCloud Keychain turned on.
After going through the above process, go to Settings and tap on your name. Then tap on iCloud and turn on Messages.
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While you have many backup options for Android, the same cannot be said for Apple devices. iExplorer lets you access, view and transfer music, messages, photos and files from any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) to any Mac or PC.
The iExplorer SMS client works with all types of text messages, including group messages such as videos and pictures. iExplorer lets you access and save your iPhone’s messages on your Mac or PC as a .PDF, .TXT, or .CSV document.
You must be running Windows 7, 8, 10 or later and have an iTunes account.
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