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>Keep screenshots of anything sent to you via text about her threatening to take your baby away. Record the events as they happen.
If you have Android, I suggest this app.
You can set it up to do a backup of your texts to an email every hour if you want
I'm a longtime user of SMS Backup+
I haven't extensively used the restore element although when I tried it everything worked well enough. The killer features for me are backing up to a Gmail label (for SMS, Call Log) and recording Call log information in Google Calendar (I use a separate sub calendar for this).
It's free and open source, with an option to donate to the dev that I've used several times as it's been installed on more of my phones than I care to remember.
I know I've suggeted this app a couple times here, and I don't mind doing it again. Get this thing
You can set it to backup your texts on a schedule or shortly after you receive them. Send them to Email.
In case anyone is interested, on unrooted phones there are better choices:
Apps = Google already knows which apps you installed, you can go back to your Play Store listing and do it.
SMS = Use the below mentioned SMS Backup+
Call Logs = Use the below mentioned SMS Backup+
Applied Wallpapers = Does anyone need this?
I would rather use the free and more useful:
Edit: FYI: The SMS Backup+ IAP is only for donations.
As /u/Purple10tacle pointed out below
Google even restores AppData (configurable option).
One other thing that one needs to keep in mind is the privacy aspect. I rather trust Google and maybe some open-source app rather than these paid apps used only by 1000 people.
Sorry for your loss. :( In addition to SMS backup apps (there are many — I use SMS Backup+, myself), you could just screenshot them. Then, if you have Google Photos, Google will back up the screenshots.
Either way (preferably with a text based solution), you should print them out and put them in a scrapbook or something. High tech solutions are great, but don't forget low tech. Having pages you can touch might be more helpful.
SMS Backup+ does sms, pics, and call log. All in one app. I think it only works with gmail though. I have been using it for 4ish years and it works great.
edit: also incoming messages are immediately uploaded.
Hey. So sorry for your loss.
The only free way I know involves a bit of leg work, but it’s an option that would just need you to borrow a Samsung phone, a USB on-the-go adapter (these have been in the box with the Samsung S7, 8 and 9 models) and have a google account. I realise getting a blank Samsung phone is the not so easy part but see if a friend (or yourself) has one from the last 4 years or so in a drawer that they don’t mind resetting.
Make sure it’s reset, or at least the text messages are.
From the Play Store, Download Samsung Smart Switch
Open SSS it, and use the USB on the go cable to connect it to your iPhone using your iPhone cable.
SSS will copy the content of the iPhone to the Samsung. After a while you will be prompted as to what elements you wish to transfer, deselect everything but the texts.
Once done, they’ll be on the Android phone (everything will stay on the iPhone too)
On the Samsung, delete any of the conversions that you don’t want backed up.
Download SMS Backup+ from the Play Store: [link]
It will let you back up a copy of the texts to a folder as an email thread in your Gmail account. Easy to read and print etc.
Hope that helps.
Other than that, back up your iPhone 7 to either iCloud or iTunes and then wipe the iPhone X back to factory settings. Set the new phone up via the new set up nearby iPhone/Restore from iPhone/Restore from iCloud. All should see you retain all conversions on your new iPhone. You’ll be able to confirm this before resetting the iPhone 7 when sending.
If done correctly, when you set the iPhone X up, even your wallpaper should be the same.
If you have Android, get this.
It's an app that will backup your Texts to an email account, and you can set it to do it on intervals, or after a text comes in
If you have an Android phone, /u/broken-heartedgirl, I recommend the use of this App: SMS Backup +
I have it and it works wonderfully.
I don't think there is a way to specify just one persons messages to back up, but it would probably be best to have secondary copies of most messages anyways
On a similar note, I suggest you get an app that backs up your text messages as well.
This is the App I use (Android)
Note, I am not affiliated with whoever made this, I just happen to like it and how well it works
If you have Android, us this app to backup all your SMS to Gmail. If you have iOS, find their equivalent. I'm sure they have something. Whatever you do, safeguard those texts.
I just got my iphone this week and while I've found alternatives / replacements for most of my android apps so far, I'm still looking for something like sms backup+. It automatically backs up my text messages to my gmail account, which made it easy to keep an archive of messages in a searchable format. Anyone know of anything similar for iphones?
I use SMS Backup+ myself. It hasn't been updated in a couple years but still works just fine. For me the big win is that it logs calls & SMS to one of my gmail calendars, which is really handy for me.
I use SMS Backup+ which backs up my SMSs to GMAIL. Not Google Drive, but searchable in Gmail which is useful. Used it for years, works great.
I've been using SMS Backup+ for a few years now. It backs up to your Gmail with a custom label. I think SMS is the default. Makes it nice because you can search all your SMS messages from gmail. You can also create Gmail filters to add more labels to help sort out messages.
Although I can't compare it to WhatsApp, I've been very happy with SMS Backup+. It's one of those things that I just set it and forget it. It automatically backs everything up to a folder on GMail. (Apparently it can also work with other IMAP services like K-9.) From GMail, I have a neatly threaded backup that's easy to access.
I personally use SMS Backup+ which doesn't export like you're asking, but it does export and restore SMS messages to/from your Gmail account, if it would be any easier to export from there? If nothing else, keeping backups is a good thing, and it's pretty reliable, ime, about that.
SMS Backup+ will save and restore messages. it just doesn't do MMS. Been using it for years. They might also be backed up by Samsung's app.
Are you sure? This is my Cloud and Accounts settings page. From the Samsung cloud page, I could restore my texts.
Alternatively, in the future, you can use SMS backup+ or something similar, which backs up to your Gmail account somehow.
>Also back those messages up — you want to have them to prove she should never be around you or the kids.
/u/superdupercooper112, I would suggest you get this app or similar to backup any Texts that are sent.
I've been using SMS backup+ to back up my messages to Gmail folders for a couple of years now without issues
If it has to be a local copy you could then download from Gmail via IMAP or something
there are various apps that cover this functionality, but I've used SMS Backup + fairly successfully over the years. Backs up to SD card or to a label in gmail which is quite handy also.
I've used SMS Backup + successfully across multiple ROMs and with a few different SMS apps. You link it to your Gmail account and it backs them up there.
For SMS I use a combination of SMS Backup+ and SMS Backup & Restore.
SMS Backup+ saves my texts on my Gmail account with an SMS tag, and SMS Backup & Restore backs up the SMS data and can upload it to a cloud drive service (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.).
Both have worked well for me for years, are free and don't require root.
I use this app:
Backs up your SMS to your gmail account (which I love because then your texts are searchable). I've used it for ages and it has always just worked.
>(she did the same thing to her last boyfriend and he was involved in that case as well).
I assume he does but make sure your lawyer knows that
Also back up your texts from now on [link]
SMS text messages are stored in an internal database which SMS apps can access when the "SMS permission" is given. I'm afraid if you manually delete them they're gone unless you use some data recovery software (I don't know one, but I'm sure it requires root or computer access, likely both).
From now on back up your texts (SMS Backup+, SMS Backup & Restore), altough sending SMS to yourself sounds like a pretty weird way to take notes. There are far better solutions for that use.
Yep, after you flash CTTMod, make sure you follow step #5
>5: In your kernel control app like kernel auditor set your thermal driver to msm thermal or temperature limit SoC temperture limit depending on what you kernel offers
In terms of backup. Titanium is awesome. For pictures, I just use Google Photos to send it to the cloud. For texts, I used this one before.
I'm doing the same thing! 5X to PH-1!
For SMS backup, use SMS Backup+ ([link])
For WhatsApp, go to Settings -> Chat -> Chat Backup
My 5X is rooted, so I use Titanium Backup... Idk if I can restore on a non-rooted device...
I mentioned this in a reply to another person, but just in case some didn't see it sms backup + for android is the best I've seen for android users. I have messages going back several years.
In addition to SMS Backup & Restore, I'd suggest SMS Backup+. It backs up to your gmail and does so automatically once set up. I've been using it for years.
>maybe find any texts where they asked for a loan
/u/Omg_helpwtf, you both should make sure you are backing up your texts. I use this one (android), and I highly recommend it. It allows you to back up your texts to Gmail, and keeps them fairly well organized. Coincidentally, this allows you to muuuch more easily search them all
I'm so sorry that your family is going through such a terrible time. I have no personal experience with a situation such as yours, but I've read before that documenting everything that you can from your interactions with both the abusive father and the CPS workers assigned to your case (texts, phone calls, emails, etc.) would be invaluable if you decided to go to court. SMS Backup Plus ([link]) saves texts and call logs via a folder in either Gmail or Google Calender (either way a Google account may be needed) and may serve you well with regard to documentation. Taking pictures of the text messages would work as well if a backup app isn't feasible.
I was hoping to include a couple of links with helpful information for you, but I'm out of my depth and don't want to give inaccurate information without realizing it. I sincerely hope for the best for your son and family.
SMS backup+ is pretty good for archiving text messages. I have it set to upload my messages to Gmail once a week. Makes everything searchable and you can restore it back on your device with ease if you accidentally erase them.
Try this. Export to XML, then combine the two backups manually? Restore via an SMS backup and restore app, like this one., then simply click OK when Signal prompts you to restore system app text messages?
NAL, just a fellow droid user. There're a few ways to do this:
I was going off my own experience for 1 and 2 (which is that I use Messages, the text app that came with 5.1.1 on a Samsung device, so those two and this one may not work the same for you, depending on your app and its features... but I'm sure the Google-made messaging app's features wouldn't be too terribly different.
I'm also unsure of how well these methods of backing up text messages would work to preserve it as some kind of evidence in court, but at the least, 1 and 2 should help keep the text around; 3 would create an additional record, and 3 and 4 should help if the text is only gone because your device died or had to be reset or something.
sms backup +
it forwards EVERY sms to your gmail account
i've had to use it before when someone claims you did/did not text them, you can just search for it in your gmail
I've been using SMS Backup + ([link]) for some time and have been pleased. Messages and phone logs are stored to one's Google account. May be worth checking out.
I backup all my Photos with Google+.
SMS Backup+ is an amazing app. You sync it with your Gmail account and you can backup all your SMS and MMS to Gmail. Been using it for years on multiple phones.
I'm sorry for your loss, OP. Here's a way you can have your brother's fun stories and pictures when it comes time for a phone upgrade.
There's a number of applications on the Play Store for doing this. You can google around, but here's a popular one [link]
As for WhatsApp, instructions are here [link]
Have you considered SMS Backup+? I love that stupid thing so much; it sends a copy of every text you send or receive to your Gmail account, and thereby lets you delete them off your phone while still maintaining a record.
I recommend SMS Backup +. Open Source, backs it up directly in gmail (can be scheduled or done live) so you have a label for SMS and search works well. It can also restore them back to SMS again. It's available on F-Droid(not reliant on Google Play Services) and the Play Store
I've been using SMS Backup + for years without issue, it saves copies of all your MMS and SMS as emails in your GMail account. As a bonus, you can search through them from your computer. It's kind of an old school method at this point but still works fine
Why not use an app like SMS Backup +
I've been backing up my SMS and MMS to gmail for almost 5 years now and refer to them every now and then.
The gmail implementation is not the most intuitive method, but it works. I can wipe my phone as often as I want and not have to worry about losing messages.
The interface is very Ice Cream Sandwich-ish, but after the setup, you never need to open the app again.
You could use this which backs them up to your Google account. Or this which backs them up to an XML file.
Also I recommend trying a custom ROM like CyanogenMod. What's your model number?
Not sure if this is what you're after, but I store my SMS in Gmail under an SMS label using SMS Backup+.
Not quite the same as Hangouts though.
I use SMS Backup + - not exactly the prettiest app but does a great job for SMS and it also copies phone logs. You can set periodic backups to Gdrive.
if you have an android, use SMSbackup. it backs up all messages, pics, and call log to a gmail account. it's helped me a lot when the ex tried to say she "never said that". I was like, I have proof you twat! [link]
This doesn't help you in this particular situation, but to avoid this situation in the future, I highly recommend downloading SMS Backup +. I've been running this for years, and it's amazing. It backs all of your text messages up to your Gmail and labels them so they're easily searchable. This app has saved my ass sooooo many times and should seriously be on every single phone.
SMS Backup+, open source, uses Gmail labels to backup. Play has an old still functional version from 2015 but sign-up for the beta program to get a newer one.
Alternatively SMS Backup & Restore which has much better implementation with built-in Dropbox/Google Drive support, but it recently changed ownership and started collecting user metrics and will probably soon start showing ads too.
>The automatic SMS backup/sync keeps pulling me back.
This can be done with SMS Backup+ and should work with any SMS client. I have mine synced to my Gmail and it just works without any fiddling after setting it up initially.
Another option is this one: [link]
I kinda like having it backed up to my Gmail/Inbox since I'm already always searching conversations there so they come up in my results.
Use this app to back them up to your Gmail account:
Then you can easily restore them on your next phone and/or read them via the Gmail website.
I like SMS Backup +
It backs up to Gmail as a label. Been using it for years. It basically turns your texts into searchable Gmail conversation threads.
Yup, the actual app gets re-downloaded automatically from Google, and there is a way for developers to include a backup of app settings, but unfortunately very few actually do that. Helium or Titanium (root only as you know) would save the app settings, game progress, login, etc., so you don't have to set it all up again manually.
SMS I'm not sure about because I don't use it much. I think this is the app most people recommend: [link]
I hope I am understanding you correctly, but I am thinking you would like to backup all your text messages to email. If that is the case, I have been using an app called SMS Backup +
I backup my messages manually to save battery life on my phone. I do it once or twice a day. However, it does have an option to do it automatically in certain time increments. I have been using it for about 4 months now and it works pretty well. I can also transfer the messages back to my phone if I get a new one, which is pretty awesome. Hopefully this helps! :)
If you have a gmail account, try THIS - I've been using it for a while now, and works wonders. Get a new/different phone? No problem!
I use SMS Backup and have been for years. You can backup your text messages and your call logs to a folder in your gmail.
I use SMS Backup+ to sync calls, texts and MMS to gmail. I've never used it to restore them to my phone, but it claims it can restore calls and texts (but not MMS).
Check out SMS Backup+(Google Play Store link). There are other ways to do it but I think every way I've done it in the past required root. You can also check out ROM Toolbox(Google Play Store link), which has a feature for backing up SMS as well, but may require root.
I use a free app called SMS Backup + (Android, but I'm sure there are similar for i-devices) that automatically sends a copy of text messages to my gmail. It's a lifesaver! :)
No. Your text messages calls etc are not stored as files.
You can use an app to ensure that everything is backed up. I like [link]
You can copy the contents of the "sdcard" aka internal storage, to your computer for safe keeping.
Phone numbers and applications should be backed up to your Google account.
Photos should be backed up to Google Photos or Dropbox.
For messages I recommend SMS Backup+
SMS Backup+ copies your texts to your gmail account. Under Backup in Advanced settings you could set the label to "Inbox" (rather than the default "SMS") which I think would do what you want.
Or leave the label as SMS and set up a rule in gmail to move new messages labelled SMS to the inbox.
I know it's too late now, but I use [link] to back up my SMS. It does it automatically every single night so that in case of a failure I have a backup copy in my email to reference if I lose my phone or it gets destroyed.
Yeah it saves to SD card. I'm not sure about MMS, since I don't have an MMS plan. You could just test it out by sending yourself an MMS, backing up, deleting it, then restoring.
I do know that SMS Backup + does back up MMS to Gmail - at least for received images, again I don't know about group or sent since I can't send MMS with my plan. It can't restore them though, they just get saved in your Gmail as emails.
Everyone has good suggestions here, but your ultimate performance boost will come from a full factory wipe. I do this every few weeks/months (for other reasons, such as new ROMs, etc.). But the performance difference on a pure, stock, new system is amazing.
Then, factory format the phone and start all over again. You'll be amazed by the difference.
I don't think that's possible.
If I'm not wrong messages like SMS and MMS are stored in a database. So even if you could access the database you still would need to be able to extract the massages front the database file.
As an alternative to accessing the messages via Windows Explorer:
I use SMS Backup+ to backup my messages to gmail:
Maybe that would be a solution?
If you're using an Android phone, SMS Backup+ can back up your texts (SMS), Multimedia texts (MMS) and call logs (record of incoming/outgoing calls).
Contacts, apps, and emails should all be automatically downloaded from Google when you sign into your account on the new phone.
You'll need to use an app to backup your text messages, I like SMS Backup+
Photos and videos you'll have to transfer using any method you would use to transfer files. The easiest would be using a computer and a USB cable. Besides that you could use a MicroUSB flash drive, Google Drive, Dropbox various WiFi transfer apps (I like Superbeam ( [link]), Bluetooth (but it would take FOREVER).
Google decided to remove the SMS capability from Hangouts a while ago, and therefore it cannot read the SMS database anymore. Check in your standard SMS app, all that Hangouts and all other SMS-capable apps are reading the same system SMS database directly.
If they aren't there, then something went wrong with the switch and the texts might not be recoverable. It won't fix the issue if they were lost, but I would suggest using SMS Backup+ in the future to archive your text messages to your Gmail account.
I've been using SMS backup+ for a few years without issues. All my texts (incoming and outgoing) are sent to my gmail account regularly and kept in organized threads there.
No that I've ever heard of, but I would like to point you to this app for future use. It sends your texts to a Gmail folder.
I just use SMS Backup + to backup messages. Doesn't matter if they were sent or received from Textra or from stock app. Makes a folder in Gmail labeled "SMS"
If you have an android phone and don't use hangouts then you can use this program to backup your sms to gmail. If you use hangouts then i think that it already backs them up.
Hopefully someone more knowledgeable can help you but here is what I would do:
1) I would use Samsung Kies to backup your phone to a pc. It will backup contacts, snote, messages, s planner, call log, internal memory images/music/photos/ringtones/apps, alarms, email acct info, homescreen setup, wifi networks, lock screen preferences.
If you want to start super fresh and don't want to use Kies
1) Download sms backup + from the play store and backup your texts.
2) Connect your phone to your pc and manually save photos, music, wallpapers, etc.
3) Any program which tracks information by storing local data on the phone should be backed up to a cloud service like google drive. For me the program fitnotes stores my workout logs/graphs and has the option to store on google drive cloud.
Some apps you should backup data for on the cloud:
fitnotes, tasker, sleep for android/sleep tracker, rewire.
4) Applications which act as secondary authenticators need to be deactivated or set up so they can be transferred to the "new" device. These are programs like "microsoft account" and the blizzard authenticator.
> how else would police recover deleted texts in court cases etc.
These are usually sent in plaintext, and the carrier could theoretically retrieve them from their server if subpoenaed.
On newer Android smartphones, the storage is encrypted by default which makes it much harder to recover data from external tools.
You will hardly find any good tool online to recover them yourself, so your next best option will be to ensure you have a backup next time.
I use SMS Backup+, this allows you to continuously back up your SMS in the background to a Gmail account of your choice. That way if you lose or need to switch to a newer device, you can easily restore them from the same Gmail account.
As others have said, if you left sync on all your contacts should have been backed up to your google account. These will auto restore when you sign in on another phone.
Aside from that, you may want to do some investigation, according to the gsmarena spec list for your phone ([link]) it has wireless charging in some regions, If your particular model did come with wireless charging you could get a charger (they are inexpensive), if nothing else, this would give you a chance to charge the phone and rescue any information/data you wanted to retrieve. Contact list, text messages, photos, videos, documents etc.
As a last resort maybe a friend or family have the same phone - the battery is removable on your phone, so you could put it in to another phone, charge it up and put it back in your phone so you can power it up. I guess you could even find one cheap secondhand phone to buy, use and then sell on. One with a broken screen would be ideal as it'd be very cheap.
If you do get it going again, I've used this app in the past [link] I'm sure there are others.
If you do go on to a contract, your phone uses a micro-sim card. SIM cards come in a number different sizes and most phones nowadays take a nano-sim (which is smaller than yours). When you've decided what contract you want, just go to the store and tell them you want to keep your number, they should be able to transfer it and give you a new sim card with your new phone.
In the future (with a working phone) I recommend [link]
It'll back up your SMS, MMS and call logs to your gmail account. Been using it for years. Its great!
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zegoggles.smssync is an awesome app people should have installed anyway :) But yeah, agree.
Good info, thanks. I use SMS Backup and Call log Backup and am happy with the results.
So I guess the easy answer is I am stuck. Bummer.
Look up [link]
If you are on android, you can backup your sms to your gmail accn,
I switched away from ios a while ago and have been backing up sms and call logs for two years.
If you phone storage (not the SD card) is running low, the OS will automatically purge them to free up resources.
You might want to look into SMS Backup+, which uses Gmail to backup/restore your SMS. This might avoid a bad surprise in the future.
I used this app since I had my Nexus S, upgraded to the Galaxy Nexus, and then the Nexus 4. It restored my SMS without problems. The OS will still clear them up if it runs out of space, but at least I can still find them when doing a quick search in Gmail.
I've done this a few times on my MZP. Your SD card is not deleted or touched unless you tell it to on the factory reset menu. Everything on device storage will be gone.
If your photos are on the device storage they will be deleted. If they're on the SD card they will stay intact. Hopefully your photos are backed up somewhere anyway.
Your SMS messages will be deleted. Supposedly Google backs these up. I haven't figured out how to restore them from Google. I use SMS Backup+ which tucks them into your Gmail somehow (which is nice, then you can search for them by text in Gmail, but they're auto-archived so they don't clutter your inbox). You can set that up to back up before you reset, and then restore after. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zegoggles.smssync&hl=en_US
All your accounts will be deleted - Gmail, MS Office, etc. These are backed up to Google - if you selected that option when you initiated the phone.
When you finish the factory reset, the phone will ask if you want to restore the old phone accounts and everything, or start fresh. I usually start fresh to be honest, just seems more fun, but you can have it restore your old accounts and your old apps (I'd be judicious in what apps you pick)
Basically when I reset I use a File Manager app to dig through the device storage and make sure there aren't any stray downloads, documents, photos etc that I don't want deleted. I save all that crap to the SD card. Then I reset.
I used to back up my texts using SMS Backup+ and it worked pretty well, though sometimes the timestamps got messed up on a restore.
I have never cared about them as I use IFTTT to log everything to Google Drive. But, if you use third party SMS apps, SMS Backup+ is the only option based on my Reddit browsing.
If someone's already using SMS Backup+ already, the app has this feature, too. It also saves SMS as Mails on a gmail/imap server.
SMS Backup/Restore can backup to your GMail folders as well the last I used.
Edit: This is the app I use; sorry for the confusion. [link]
If you have an Android, I would recommend this one:
SMS Backup+ works beautifully for me. It backs up every SMS, MMS, and call log to my Gmail, labeled. And it can restore from those backups too. Very useful, if your device dies on you suddenly and you need to move to a new one, or have to do a factory reset, or who knows what.
I can't rec one for iThings; I only have droids.
You'll need to wipe. So back up what you need. You can use Google for stuff like Photos/video and Contacts, for SMS/MMS you can use this. Tell me when you want me to give you an install guide.
Also, keep in mind that LineageOS is still a custom ROM. So stability isn't promised and there sometimes will be bugs. So don't forget to keep backups, I usually suggest running one at least once a week. Also, you probably already know this but I just have to say, you are responsible for what you do to your device and any warranty that still exists will likely be voided.
Another vote for SMS Backup+
Google Play: [link]
While it hasn't been updated for almost a year it still works flawlessly on my Nexus 5X.
What I like about it is it's no frills, does two things well: 1) call log to Google Calendar and 2) text messages to Gmail as emails --> this is especially helpful because I get text in German (I reside there) but I don't know the language. Gmail translates your email so I know what the heck those foreign texts are.
Does this support backing up group chats? I've been using SMS Backup + and while its been working great my one problem is it doesn't back up group chats.