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Recently, I felt like I was texting a new friend from work a lot, so I looked at my text history to compare. This shows every SMS I sent or received since October 2011 (earlier data, mainly light blue and orange, is missing). MMS are not included. Data was collected using SMS Backup & Restore and plotted with GNU Octave.
My top 8 contacts are shown individually; the remainder are lumped together as college friends, high school friends, and everything else. Data is smoothed with a truncated Gaussian kernel having a 5 day sigma.
Similarity to yesterday's post by /u/teddarific is coincidental.
Edit: Because it is not as clear as I intended: the second plot identifies each line with a gray label and colored marker. The events are the color of the person they correspond to. So "visited" in purple means someone from the purple line (college friends) visited me, and "wedding" in light blue means light blue got married.
SMS Backup & Restore
Call Logs Backup & Restore
I'm using these. Both apps has the same dev, so the functionality of them are nearly identical. The cool thing is you can set up a daily scheduled backup, exp. at 1am, saved out onto the internal storage, or uploaded to dropbox/google drive.
This will save your text mesaages away and is free. Method 2 involves using android messages from google. You install it and use that as your sms app. You can then use it on a web browser and see your messages so you can then save to pdf or print them.
Voicemails are harder. If you have visual voicemail on your phone from your provider this will allow yoi to save your voicemails as mp3's, otherwise it is the record your call and listen to all yoir voicemails way.
Just use this:
I'm tired of waiting for Google to implement something simple.
I've used SMS Backup and Restore for years now without issue: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
It lets you export to a file that you can do what you want with. It also supports uploading to Dropbox or Google Drive.
Only thing I don't like about it is the UI can be a tad confusing but maybe that's just me?
Don't discuss details of the case past what you've posted here. It could compromise it and cause an adverse ruling.
You should do the following:
print to PDF (and paper!) and archive all your phone bills / usage statements for those lines, effective back to when you first started
export call / SMS logs from them if possible (Android can do it fairly easily with SMS Backup & Restore, which is free - iOS requires paid tools to do so, IIRC)
back up any and all written communications with your managers (if it's Outlook / Exchange, export it to PST; if it's POP or IMAP, export the mailbox file).
Try to avoid verbal communication with them unless you can record it; TN is a one-party state, so you can do so without risk.
There's more, but I'm running on only 14 cups of coffee right now, so I'm not up to snuff.
say a prayer and hope to god they are backed up.
in all seriousness though. here is what I do
any other questions, just shoot. I can usually clean flash an image and be back up and running within an hour without much work.
The Smart Switch app that comes preinstalled on the phone should do it just fine, but if not, the best app I've found is SMS Backup & Restore. I was able to copy my old texts over without a problem. My old phone had SD which was easier but seeing as the 6P doesn't, get this add-on which allows you to save the backups to the cloud (Google Drive or Dropbox), then install both on your S7 as well and restore them there.
I use SMS Backup and Restore. You can extract single conversations or the entire message store and generate a PDF (which is searchable) if needed. I use it whenever I switch to a new phone, bringing 20,000 SMS and MMS messages over each time.
I just used the single conversation feature to pull out a message stream to support a potential lawsuit against a contractor. It creates a nice conversation format that it easy to read and present to someone.
For years (before I rooted), I used SMS backup and Restore.
It backs up all your SMS to a file and can restore them to your new phone. It also does call logs, which can be handy to copy across.
It can backup to SD card, or even Google Drive etc.
If I wasn't rooted, I'd still be using this.
I've been using SMS Backup and Restore for the last year. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
You can set it for regular backups, and then when switching or wiping phones, I do a special backup, and use it to restore with. Best app I've found for this.
For texts you can use the takeout option through Google. But I also like SMS Backup and Restore. You can save all the texts and call logs and even restore then to another phone should something happen to your brother's phone.
And sorry for your loss.
Yeeks, couldn't you could just use SMS Backup & Restore, which backs up all your messages in an XML file? Inside the file, the SIM association for each message seems to be stored as sub_id="1" for SIM 1 and sub_id="2" for SIM 2. (I haven't read the docs, if any, this is just what I figured from a cursory glance)
So you can just run a simple search and replace on the XML file to swap the SIM numbers and use the app to restore your messages on LOS 16 without mucking about with the internal database of the messaging app. This method would be more universal as it should work on just about any Android device, not just the messaging app of LOS.
I have had great success with the following app for the last year or so.
Allows backing up to Google drive.
SMS backup restore
It may, but rather than trust it, I've always used the SMS Backup&Restore app, it has never let me down yet...
I use SMS Backup and Restore. Download the app on your old phone and it lets you back up your messages (both SMS and MMS, despite its name) either to Google Drive or a .zip file, and then you can download the app on your new phone and restore all your messages from that backup to Android Messages in just a few minutes. It's a simple app, but it works really well, and I've since set it up to back up all messages to my Google Drive every night. Hope it helps you out!
Been using this since the OG Droid days. Backs up SMS and MMS, including emoji and pictures, and can sync with the cloud.
It doesn't relate directly to your HDD at all. SMS Backup & Restore is a way to create a backup of your SMS/MMS messages and/or call log as .XML files.
The backup can be created on the Android device itself, uploaded to Google Drive or Dropbox, or a combination.
Once the backup has successfully completed, you can either download the backup from Google Drive/Dropbox or connect your device and copy it over directly to your HDD.
This may not be want you want but perhaps clearing all your SMS messages and starting over might be best.
Backup call logs and texts internally or to an external source. I do SD card and cloud storage everyday at a specific time (does this automatically).
I don't know which messaging app you use but I use this for Google's messenger. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
It will back up all text messages and call logs into an XML file. Then you can move those to a flash drive or computer. Then when the time comes all you have to do is drop it in the new phone and restore it from that app again.
I'm not sure if it will work with other texting apps however (like Viber or hangout). So make sure to do a little research on how to backup those specific apps.
you can use sms backup & restore. Make sure after you make your backup to move it to the cloud or to a PC prior to doing the reset. This will also give you the option to back up call logs.
You can use SMSBackup and Restore to backup your MMS and SMS messages. And use Helium Backup To backup your apps and data.
SMS Backup &amp; Restore
This app does that, you can set it to backup automatically and upload to Dropbox or google drive
Not sponsored, check out an app called "SMS Backup & Restore" by SyncTech Pty Ltd on the Play Store. I've used it for years now and it always gets the job done. Backs up SMS (also MMS and Call Logs) to a file that you can copy to your new phone, then load up the app on the new phone and restore everything from that file.
Link to app in Play Store
This backups the info as XML which you can import to an excel. I've personally used this until Google rolled out the backup option within the messages.
It creates an xml file on your phone that contains all your text messages in plain text xml formatted. You can set it up to back up to google drive daily and restore them anything you want if you format your phone
Contacts: just enable to sync your contacts for your Google account in the Settings of your device. They will be available in Google Contacts, but you do not need to use the Google Contacts app to access them, just use your stock Contacts app.
Messages: there are literally dozens or hundreds of apps that do this. I recommend this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Images: Use Google Photos for unlimited storage backup in high quality of your photos.
WhatsApp: The official WhatsApp backup for your conversations between other app files on Google Drive has been in existence for some years now. If you have not yet activated this, do so.
Actually, text messages take up very little storage.
Practical solution: Transfer your music/videos/photos onto an external hard disk, since these usually take up the most storage. Delete apps that you've never used within the past month, and clear the caches of apps such as FB/Twitter/Instagram as they can become bloated over time.
If you still don't have any space and want to backup your messages, you can use SMS Backup & Restore for Android. For iPhone, you can backup to iTunes or iCloud.
Hope this helps!
Not sure about going through the setup wizard; I think you have to factory reset and wipe all of your data to get that menu back. Hopefully there's an easier way but I haven't been able to find it yet.
Best solution I can think of would be to use SMS Backup & Restore on your Moto X, move the backup file to your Pixel, then use the same app to restore on the Pixel. Despite the name, it supports MMS photo and video messages, and group threads perfectly well in my experience.
i like sms backup & restore
you can backup, then restore while checking for duplicates...also it is my preferred backup solution for MMS/SMS
Have you tried sms backup app?
Wow, I looked in my Google drive and found an SMS subfolder. Apparently I set this up forever ago and forgot about it, and it's been restoring daily until my 6p died. I was able to restore 6600 messages in just a few minutes.
I've changed gmail addresses and have been able to restore all of my messages and contacts so it's been a pretty easy switch so far.
I use sms backup and restore
Backs up everything to CSV or XLS. You can export to drive, local, Dropbox etc.
Works really well
I may be wrong but I don't believe Textra has a built in backup for text messages. I use SMS Backup & Restore (link below) to backup all my text messages (sms & mms) to my Google drive periodically. It shouldn't matter the carrier for moving over the messages. Also once done restoring the messages, open Textra, tap the 3 dot icon in the top right, go to settings, go to about, and tap resync textra. That'll make sure everything from the backup is optimized.
Unfortunately, the "restore" app/flow is only accessible during the "setup" stage of the phone after a factory reset... which is honestly kind of frustrating, but it is what it is.
As far as SMS/MMS backup and restore goes, my personal favorite app to use is SMS Backup & Restore.
Also if you use whatsapp you can set backups to daily in there. So anytime you have to install whatsapp all your messages (including media) are there. It backs up to your onedrive or google drive account.
For SMS I use SMSbackup & Restore
You need to provide more details for "sms can not be restored after the device is completely reset" before others can give any useful suggestions. SMS Backup & Restore works well on all my Android devices.
I just switched from the 5S to OP3, so maybe I can help out with your questions.
The phone is fast. Much faster than the 5S. You'll like it. My 5S is actually still working and not quite sluggish but I got tired with Apple's BS with the iPhone 7 and put in my order for the OP3 shortly after the Pixel was announced.
I was never a fan of the Android UI but I think it was much later that I realized I wasn't a fan of Samsung's UI (TouchWiz). I've had the Google Nexus 7 tablet and a LG G Pad III tablet so I got used to the Android look and feel from those two devices. OP3/OxygenOS is very much like stock Android, so it's fine. I actually found the UI change refreshing.
It might take a little bit of time to find all the options in the Settings menu (from my own experience). Some of the options are hidden in the Settings menu...
OP3 supports Android Pay. Don't know about Auto.
If there's a stock app you don't like, you can switch it out with a different app. This is what I like most with Android. I've swapped out their default SMS app with Textra.
Fingerprint reader is blazing fast. So fast. The fingerprint reader on my 5S would muck up and not be able to read my finger sometimes so the reader on the OP3 is wow.
Battery life is great, as is Dash Charging. I've been charging my OP3 once every 2 days.
I like how rooting your phone doesn't void the OP warranty. I'm not much into customizations but it's nice to know since jailbreaking iPhones would void all sorts of things.
Things you should do when you make the switch:
Turn off iMessage to prevent missing messages after you make the change,
You can back up and transfer your texts from iOS to Android using SMS Backup and Restore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en)
You can also transfer your WhatsApp messages by using WazzapMigrator (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nbeghin.whatsappmigrator&hl=en)
I use this for texts
Everything else is either cloud backup, or files are manually backed up. Anything that doesn't fit those are lost, but it's usually not much
SMS Backup and Restore should work for call logs and SMS/MMS. Contacts will transfer if you have them on SIM or if you have them on your Google account. And yeah, Titanium Backup should work for apps. Pictures should also stay so long as you only wipe data and system and not your internal SD.
If your contacts are google synced, it should happen automatically.
There are many apps out there to copy and replace text messages. Here's a well regarded one:
I do find MMS times get messed up with restoring though.
Before you do this you can back up all your text messages with this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en I do this all the time, you can easily restore them when you're back up and ready.
I've always used SMS Backup & Restore. It saves your texts in an XML file. Make sure to email yourself the backup or save it elsewhere as well, just in case.
Can backup to a local xml file then copy to PC. Includes the option for mms and pictures.
Viewing the raw xml is a little cumbersome but the developer offers a reader I think, or you could always just restore them on any phone.
I always transfer them as it can be useful to refer back to old messages.
SMS Backup & Restore makes this very easy, I have it set to automatically backup to my Google Drive overnight. Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Good luck with your search man, that's such a shitty feeling.
I say this so everyone else can hopefully avoid such a heartbreaking scenario: Google Photos will back up all photos in the background (unlimited storage at 16MP quality), and there are a couple good text message backup services that will back up regularly to cloud storage- I recommend SMS Backup and Restore
SMS Backup & Restore lets you sync the backups to Drive, auto delete old ones, etc. It's a good extra redundancy if SMS are important for ya, I'd set it up for my mother in the past but never used it myself since I didn't really care about my texts... Started using it with the Pixel 3 tho cause. :/
They're supposed to be backed up, and you can confirm by going into your backup settings on your phone, but I use SMS Backup & Restore just in case.
SMS Backup and Restore. You Don't need root.
This application will move your SMS and call logs.
All apps if you have Google Sync enabled.
Signal is a bit basic (as intended) just for SMS use.
Check out QKSMS instead.
Every SMS app that just fetches the SMS from the internal SMS storage is compatible with SMS Backup & Restore (this one). In addition Signal has its own export feature which iirc is compatible (same file format) with SMS Backup & Restore.
SMS Backup & Restore has become the de-facto standard in SMS and call log backup on Android devices.
It outputs an .xml with all message threads and can also backup MMS content. The .xml's can be restored on any other Android device by the same app, but are also natively readable by many other messenger apps (e.g. Signal).
Worked every time without a hitch for me.
There's this guide posted 2 months ago which I used to root and flash my device.
Most people use either Chroma or MinimalOS, though I'm not sure what the pros and cons of either are.
To backup photos you'll either need to manually copy and paste them via a PC or do a cloud back up to the service of your choice (Google Photos is good).
To back up SMS this app is good and lets you cloud backup to a variety of services.
I've used https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore with success before. It backs up your SMSes into an XML file you can restore afterwards. I just save it straight to Google Drive.
SMS Backup and Restore will save your text messages as a .xml file that you can then open in a browser or word and it will be formatted and readable.
It will back up to your cloud storage service of choice, or you can email the log to yourself. You can also set tasks to auto-backup on a regular basis. (I have mine add to an .xml file daily on google drive at 3am, works great).
What I did was use the app SMS Backup and Restore and back up all my messages to my Google drive. Then on my new phone I downloaded it and restored the messages. Been using it for years and it seems to work fine
SMS Backup and Restore. Been using it for years.
You can install SMS Backup and Restore, and backup to Dropbox or Google Drive, etc. Then install and restore on your destination. Possibly the easiest way.
Use Sms Backup and Restore on the playstore its the best !! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
These are actually three different questions.
Calendar events and contact info should come through. Might take a little time.
Apps and (some) app data. https://www.androidcentral.com/how-restore-your-apps-and-settings-new-android-phone
Google doesn't backup texts. You can use this https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en_US to backup texts and calls from your old phone and restore to the new one
So my general backup/transfer procedure is:
Pretty smooth. I set up the 5T as new and only downloaded apps I actually needed. I had my SMS backed up using Carbonite's SMS Backup and Restore so I'd have all my old texts. Unlocked the bootloader and rooted using Magisk immediately, just so I didn't have to wipe anything. I'm still on OxygenOS and I think I'm going to stick with it since the Oreo update should be out today or soon enough. Likely once more stable Oreo ROM's are out I'll switch, but I think I'm going to be using OOS for a while.
Unless RCS is different, there are like a billion apps that backs up text messages in the play store. Most of them even have the option to back up straight your Google Drive or Dropbox. I used sms back up apps a lot back then when I kept switching roms.
I've used this one before
Use this instead. Copies all SMS as well as MMS and emojis. Much more comprehensive. I've also noticed that when using the wired tool it tends to only copy the most recent texts and not all of them for whatever reason. Which is why I now use this.
SMS Backup & Restore (from Carbonite)
There may be a few apps (usually games) that you might want to make sure you have copies of the App Data.
Other than that I usually just make a 10.5 GB SMS/MMS backup using SMS Backup & Restore. (It's 10.5 GB because I don't think I've deleted a text message since 2014)
I would assume that you are also using Google Photos, so your photos and videos should be saved there.
There might also be some things in your downloads folder you might want to save. I usually just let those go because they're typically apk's or PDF's to menus.
Basically if it's on your phone and you think you might want it in their future Google how to copy it from your phone. If you're rooted there are tools to create a complete backup of your phone a bit more easily than cherry picking what you want to keep.
SMS Backup & Restore - been using this for years now. Backs up my SMS and call logs to Google Drive every night without fail and I have text messages on my Oneplus 3 that I sent from my Nexus One.
If its rooted, you could use Titanium. If not, Google will restore your apps, but not the data. Text messages can be backed up with an app in the play store like SMS backup and Restore.
First off, that website you linked seems highly suspicious and I doubt it's legitimate.
Now to answer your question. You can use an app like this to make an XML backup of your text messages which you can transfer to your PC.
I used this years ago to save my SMS, no clue if it works in Marshmallow though. Worth a shot, I think you can save to Dropbox or Drive.
It sounds like the quick charger is usually the first to go out, I've had lots of luck using other standard USB cables from prior phones.
Without an unlocked bootloader, here are some of the steps I would do:
After that, I think you're good to go.
Please don't follow those random tutorials. I don't have time to read them but most of the time they're wrong. I'll get you instructions when I get home from school.
For backup you can use Google's built-in backup (if it is supported) or you can root (I'll help you with that too if you want) and use Titanium Backup. Or you can use this for simple stuff like SMS and call logs.
unfortunately no, we (the r/android community) have been wanting this for a LONG time. there just isn't something like for android without root. but here is what we do have.
so its not a "one solution" type thing....though if you utilize all of them, restoring a phone is fairly painless. last time i had to start fresh, it literally took me like 30-40 minutes to get it back to where I was before. I tend to only use apps from competent developers (many of them from r/android) who utilize the backup/restore features. i have just under 100 apps installed and it still only took that long.
again, not perfect, but not that bad either.
I recently did this and was surprised at how many of my apps had manual backup/auto backup. only had to sign into a few apps and thats it.
I've used an app before that lets you backup SMS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore then just restore it with the same app on your new phone. (Source: successfully migrated my SMS from an aging HTC One M7 to a Nexus 6P. I hope it works for Samsung.)
As for contacts, I suggest you save or move them to your Google account. It'll be loaded automatically on your new phone once you sign in.
I use this app. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
Backup on your phone with the app and either email or save the .xml somewhere and download the app on her phone and restore using the same app. Should take no more than 5 minutes(minus the time it takes to back up your texts/restore)
messenger uses SMS only, they need to be backed up to internal storage. you can do with with an app. I use SMS backup and restore this has been working great for me for a couple years. just make sure to export it out to a cloud drive if your internal memory is going to get wiped.
hangouts uses messaging over data...all conversations get stored in the cloud. if you used hangouts for SMS, those will NOT get backed up automatically. thats just one benefit of using a messenger over traditional "old school" sms/mms
The article is a little old, but you can use just about any SMS backup app that connects to your GMail. I recommend SMS Backup by Carbonite.
Seconding SMS Backup & Restore. Great app, been using it since I first got an Android. Backs up your SMS and MMS into an XML file.
While LG Backup is great, it's not a great idea for the long term as the amount of data you have on your phone grows exponentially, and you'll likely only backup your phone once a week if you're extra paranoid. Here's how I do it instead:
Whenever possible, log into apps with either your Google or Facebook accounts. That way you won't forget the login details, and many of these apps have either "Sign in with Google/Facebook or use a local account" anyways, so that's safer.
Use Google's services to backup photos, calendars, and contacts.
WhatsApp has a backup-to-Drive service that you have to enable in settings.
Enable cloud saving in every game you play. If the game doesn't support it, email the developers. It's crucial and easy enough to implement with Play Games.
Apps like SMS Backup & Restore help you periodically and automatically backup SMS messages to the cloud (G Cloud is another good alternative, but the one I gave a link to is 100% free etc)
If you live in the US and other select countries, you can use Google Music to cloud backup your music.
If you don't, or if you just want to sync any other folder to Drive but also keep a local copy in your preferred location, you may use Autosync or similar apps.
For SMS, use SMS Backup and Restore (no root required):
Your contacts should be synced with Google since the Droid Turbo should have been linked to a Google account from the start as it's Android. If the Verizon contacts are somehow seen as SIM contacts or are otherwise not stored in Google's cloud -- check the Contacts section in your Google/Gmail account that's synced to your Droid Turbo -- you will need to convert those to Google/Gmail contacts or export them from Verizon's sync.
I don't have suggestions for the phone history.
Backup your text messages (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en)
Make sure you transfer the files from your phone to computer (they should be in SMS Backup folder in the main storage), once you have those files on your computer, then factory reset (if you reset it will delete those files, so make sure to back them up first, through Cloud, manual file transfer, whatever work). Transfer files back to phone, install app and restore.
Awesome! Congrats on the phone shipping! Did you get a notification or did you check manually.
This App is fantastic for backing up your phone texts. Depending on what phone youre coming from there are native Apps by the manufacturers too. Like my Moto X has Motorola Migrate.
I've used the combination of SMS Backup & Restore and SMS Backup+ on all of my Android devices since way back when.
The first one keeps a local SMS archive backup in XML format and does an excellent job of migrating all of my SMS, MMS, and group conversation threads between any Android device (fresh wipes, new phones, etc.). It has really good additional features for scheduled backups being pushed to cloud storage overnight or whenever you set it.
The second one is a really good on-the-fly backup that pushes every new message to a custom Label in my Gmail account a few minutes after I receive it. (I don't like using it for restoring SMS, although it has that feature. It still doesn't restore MMS after many years in development :P) I suspect that you'll be most wary of this app in comparison to the battery-hogging AT&T Backup. Don't be. SMS Backup+ has never been a battery hog in the slightest in all my years of often shitty battery life Android phones.
To add to this, it's going to work, but if you want to make double or triple sure, you can use an app like this to back it up to Google drive and then download them to your new phone
I always use SMS Backup and Restore, has never failed me and it keeps a backup in Google Drive for me, which I can also store offline.
You can do it with IFTTT.
Also there are several SMS backup apps in the playstore.
One of them: SMS Backup Restore
As to adding notes, not too sure. But you can always add a new column to the Google doc/sheet these apps create and add your comments
I never found the SMS backup by google to be super reliable. I use SMS Backup & Restore and back up to Google Drive. Super reliable, free, runs in the background on a schedule.
Old backups are stored, you can check it if you have the Google One app installed on your phone
Sorry for your loss.
I also tend to use this program to backup sms/mms to my google drive.
Can't hurt to have another backup of something. Especially if it's important to you.
Yeah it happened too me to.
I use this app to back everything up to my Google Drive. The after i factory reset my device, I manually restore all my messages. The app utilizes additional storage options too.
Not sure if we're talking about the same thing but I can definitely vouch for SMS Backup & Restore. I haven't used it in a while but it was super easy to pull the backup off my phone via USB, and I believe there are a few alternate ways to get the files as well. I've only used the free version.
I do not know if it backs up RCS text info.
If you have another phone you can factory reset, you might be able to restore the backup before you deleted the whole thread. You would do this by signing in with the same Google account, then when it tells you to connect your old device, there's a button that says something like "Don't have the device" on the lower left, then you'll get the option to restore from the cloud. Then you can use SMS Backup to transfer the texts to your Pixel, or to backup and manually restore on the Pixel.
You can do this on your current Pixel as well, just know you will be missing some texts since the previous backup. And hopefully the automatic backup hasn't run since you've deleted the thread.
If you have access to your dad's phone, you might be able to use the SMS Backup app to Transfer just your thread to your phone. I haven't done this one, though. If you don't have access you can still use this app but you'll need to walk him through the steps then have him send you the file (I think it's an XML).
For contacts on s8 download "google contacts" app and sync all contacts with Google account. That way when you move to any Android phone the contacts with be available on your Google account to sync easily.
For sms use sms backup app and use it to backup the data and upload to Google drive. Download it on new phone and restore the backup using same sms backup app
Use an app called SMS Backup & Restore. Can back up locally or to Google Drive (or both) and restores flawlessly, including finding duplicates. I merged texts from four old phones and while it took hours to do, it did it perfectly. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en_US&gl=US
I've always found the Google backups to be unreliable in terms of sms. I use this app and haven't had any issues with it. Even syncs with Google drive!
The only issue is text messages. I use an app called SMS Backup and Restore to move my messages from iOS to Android. Most of my other apps keep all the data in the cloud, so it isn't too much of an issue.
I think the gestures in "stock" Android 10 are much better than any of the other implementations (like OnePlus or Samsung) simply because they are just ripoffs of iOS's gestures. The only downside is that third party launchers don't work with those.
My biggest complaint about iOS is that the homescreen is just so...boring. I like being able to put all of my apps in any order I want with blank spaces at the top so I don't have to reach all the way up there to launch an app.
And every time I switch back to iOS, I really miss Firefox. I love being able to have it as my default browser on my Mac and on my phone.
Overall, I think both are extremely polished and I think I prefer the Material Design look over iOS 12/13. They're both great OSes but I wish Google would get their update situation sorted out. One of the best features of iOS is that you always get the latest version directly from Apple.
You don't have to wait an extra six months because you bought a T-Mobile Galaxy phone or whatever. Android updates are always going to get better "soon". At this point, it's almost as annoying as hearing about how next year is going to be the year of the Linux desktop.
>I opted for a clean flash, and chose not to back up...
Lesson learned hopefully.
>...I only had SMS & Contacts that I wanted to save.
Many apps makes this easy peachy.
SMS Backup & Restore in Play Store or Google Backup or SMS Backup+ on F-Droid for example.
SMS backup and restore is what I use. Place it on both phones and you can backup and restore messages and phone logs between both phones,
Why not use a third-party app to back up your messages so that you can delete your data and restore it afterwards. (I use SMS Backup & Restore, by Syntech (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore). I'm still on the June 1 security patch, and am not experiencing your issue, but I've used SMS Backup & Restore to restore data after a factory reset, and it worked as advertised.
you should be backing up your contacts, text messages, and photos/videos at the very least...app content if you want that.
photos and videos: one of 2 ways. back them up to the cloud (I personally use google+ photo sync/drive, but there are MANY others that work as well) or you can hook the phone up to a computer and manually drag and drop them to your PC. photos/videos are in the SDcard/DCIM folder by default
Contacts: can be exported and imported fairly easily. I personally use google contact storage to sync my contacts...this way i have all my contacts on my phone, tablet, and anywhere else I sign in. this is super nice when switching phones.
contacts can also be exported by going to the contacts app, clicking the menu button, then export. save this file for later, and import it when needed by going to the contacts app, clicking the menu button, then import. you can also import this file into google contacts through a computer (which is what I would recommend)
SMS backup has been pretty simple for me. I use SMS backup and restore this backs up your messages to your internal storage...you can pull this file off, and restore it using the same app on the new phone/ROM.
Apps and data: here is where it gets complicated.
google already knows what apps you have installed...any paid apps will not need to be bought again as long as you sign in with that same account. since google knows what apps you have installed, it will automatically download them from the play store. HOWEVER, this does not bring over any of those apps' settings or data(like game saves). so you will have to set all your apps back up the way you had them. (the exception is google apps, those seem to restore just fine)
as for app settings, there are a couple ways. you can use an app like titanium backup and backup/restore apps this way (Requires root). apps and their data are stored on your internal storage...these files can be pulled off the phone, and later put back on and restored using titanium. I suggest buying the Pro key if you are doing this a lot as it makes the restore process SOOOOO much easier/faster. this method should only be used to backup/restore USER apps...never backup/restore system apps...it almost always causes issues.
another method to backup/restore is the ADB method. there are some adb commands, but really, I suggest using a toolkit for this as its just easier and more dummie proof. I use the Bacon Root toolkit from Wugfresh. I used it on my nexus, and now on my OnePlus One (bacon) phone with great result. once you get the drivers set up, its a matter of clicking a couple buttons and you are done. this does NOT require root, and backs up the apps and data directly to your PC.
Carbonite has an SMS backup app that works very well: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I used SMS Backup & Restore last time, works well for Hangouts as well as Messenger.
I use this: SMS Backup and Restore
Automatically backs up to google drive.
Don't be relieved yet. I switched from iOS too, and was also used to how comprehensive Apple's backups were. You create a backup, you wipe your phone, your restore the backup, and it's as if nothing happened. Your layout is the same, every single widget, every single app and even app settings are just the way you left them. It's perfect.
Not so much with stock Android. To backup your settings with Android's system, each individual app developer has to enable Google's backup option in their app. Practically this means that 60% of my apps don't restore their data when I wipe my phone. The ones that do, it's as seamless as iOS, but many don't. So at best you have to go into each app and change a setting here and there back to your liking, but at worst you will be losing entire chunks of data, such as game saves and SMS messages (your SMS messages will be lost if you don't use an app like this).
Even your icon layout is in jeopardy - since launchers are individual apps, you rely on them to have a backup option. For example, the one that I use, Nova, doesn't have automatic Android backup for its layout/settings. You have to manually create a backup yourself within the app. So what you end up doing is going into all of your major apps that don't have Android backup and hoping that they have some sort of custom backup option, and restoring my phone means that I'm not only opening most apps to reenable my settings, but I'm also loading 5 or so custom settings files from Dropbox into apps that don't support Android backup. With Android, you're relying on the app developers to keep your data safe, and it's inconsistent to say the least.
Android will keep track of which apps you have installed, and on Nougat (and perhaps Marshmallow?) they'll give you the option to redownload all of those apps again with your new install. Before that, you had to reinstall each app manually from your saved app list in the Play Store, but thankfully not anymore.
So all in all you do have to worry about whether your data and settings will be backed up when you wipe your Android phone. I don't lose data anymore, but that's because I know what I'm doing now. I've lost plenty of it in the past. In total I have ~150 apps installed, and restoring my phone takes me about 4 hours of attention/work. It's a pain.
But if you have a rooted phone, you can install something like Titanium Backup to backup all of your phone data. I'm not sure if there are any downsides to this kind of backup (besides having to be rooted), but at the very least it's a backdoor solution vs. something as integrated and user friendly as Apple's. Right now there's no comparison.
Tips for survival:
The bootloop issue seems to be inevitable and irreversible. Your Nexus 5X is probably going to break one day. It is happening to me now. Here's what I'd recommend to be prepared:
OK, you need to make sure you're not confusing "overly concerned seller" with "jerk seller".
Have they actually told you they want the rabbit back? I read through this post and didn't really get the impression they've done this. It sounds like you're worried they're going to do the same thing that a completely different person did in a different scenario with a different pet to one of your friends. That's not a good line of logic. If nothing about taking the rabbit back has been said, then there isn't even an issue.
To me, it sounds like a seller that's concerned about the rabbit.
Maybe they thought you were going to use it as meat instead of taking care of it.
Maybe they're concerned about its living conditions.
As someone with a 2 month old litter of kits right now, I understand it's completely possible to get attached to those rabbits before they go to new homes. 2 - 2.5 months is plenty of time to get attached to one of these guys, especially when they're cute baby buns. The seller may very well just be wanting to make sure the bun is safe and in a good home.
So either this person is a tad nutty and you're right to be worried, or you're escalating this to a level that it has no business being at.
The only "side" I'm on is the rabbit's, so don't get offended. I'm trying to be as fair and objective as possible: see things from both sides.
Talk to the person. Tell them you're thankful for the rabbit and it will be well taken care of. Send pics of the bun and it's living area if you feel inclined. Then tell them you're really busy and you'd prefer not to keep texting back and forth. AND BE NICE!
The person will either take the hint and leave you alone or they'll show they're crazy and continuously text you. If the latter, make sure you warn them a couple times to stop texting. You've been nice up to this point. If they continue to text, you now have proof you can show to law enforcement that they're actively harassing you. From there, you can get the number blocked or take other legal actions.
The TL:DR is:
Edit: Apparently the last word got chopped off. Also, grammar corrections.
Just one time I'd like to make a big post without any errors...
Edit 2: From a legal standpoint, make sure you screenshot that CL listing. Load the ad, click the page to make it focused, press Alt+PrintScreen, open up Paint or any other picture software, and press Ctrl+V to paste the picture. Save this somewhere. If the person does end up being 10 fries short of a Happy Meal, you have proof of the deal before they can delete it off the website. Also, make sure you don't delete your call logs or texts. You can use a free app called SMS Backup & Restore. I've been using it for years and it's fantastic.
You can also install ACR Call Recorder to record any harassing phone calls. Depending on where you're located, you may need to tell them you're recording the call.
I'm not trying to promote the legal road here, I'm just giving you some handy advice and tools that will make your complaint to law enforcement ironclad IF IT COMES TO THAT.
Professional geek here :P
SMS Backup Restore
SMS Backup and Restore gves you both options for local and cloud storage.
Haven't had to use it in many years, but this app used to be magnificent. Looks like it is still active.
To get a plaintext copy of your messaging history:
If you want to migrate your messages from Signal to your device's original SMS app, follow the instructions above to get a plaintext copy of your messaging history. At the end of step 3, use Signal-Back to convert the file into XML. You can then copy the XML file to your phone and restore it using SMS Backup & Restore.
try sms backup and restore, it has a option for mms
Use this app for nightly ones:
When your restore it gives all the old messages
>I've recently run into problems where my friends either cannot receive Signal messages from me or get them at extremely delayed points in time. This only happens with a few friends while everyone else is fine.
Check the bottom of this support page for a list of possible reasons for why your Signal messages were not delivered or why they were delivered late:
>[...] I've decided I no longer want to use Signal.
Remember to unregister your number:
>I've done a bunch of Googling and even ran a decrypt method myself but the merge back into Messages didn't fully take.
Xeals's tool can convert the decrypted database into a format that is compatible with SMS Backup & Restore. Once the database has been converted into the correct format, you can use SMS Backup & Restore to merge it into Android’s default SMS/MMS app.
There's no xposed for Oreo yet, but rovo89 (the xposed developer) says he has it 95% working. IMO you should start off slow, root first, then see if you need xposed (if there are any specific modules you want).
Step 1 is to unlock the bootloader and install TWRP(a custom recovery). This is basically the hardest part, but it's still fairly simple. Here's a guide on xda.
Unlocking the bootloader completely wipes the device, so you'll want to back up as much data as you can. Basically save stuff in your internal storage(music, photos, etc) to you computer or a USB stick or something, and back up your SMS/Call History if you care about that. I would recommend using SMS Backup and Restore.
Then you'll have to flash either a custom ROM or OOS. Then flash Magisk (I strongly recommend this over SuperSU because you won't trigger SafetyNet).
If you want more customization than OOS, you'll probably want a custom ROM, but that might require going back to Nougat. I'm not sure what the current state of non-Lineage OS ROMs is on Nougat or Oreo, but I personally really like LOS and Resurrection Remix (LOS-based with tons of tweaks/features) and those are still on Nougat.
Feel free to ask any questions.
Edit: There isn't any danger of hard-bricking as far as I know, and soft-bricks can be undone pretty easily. The OP3 XDA forum should have a few threads dedicated to that.
Also, there might be a way around this, but you'll experience this prompt every time you boot up once you've unlocked the bootloader. I got used to it and now it's kinda nice. You can skip the 5-second wait by pressing the power button, and you can quickly switch to booting into recovery, system, fastboot which is pretty convenient.
I think SMS Backup and Restore should work. It creates an XML format backup of your texts.
It's not? Pretty sure SMS Backup & Restore doesn't need root. (link... https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore)
Some things I noticed when I switched from an iPhone 5S to OnePlus 3 in November 2016 and am a Macbook user, but I think these may apply in your case:
I was never a fan of the Android UI but I think it was much later that I realized I wasn't a fan of Samsung's UI (TouchWiz). I've had the Google Nexus 7 tablet and a LG G Pad III tablet so I got used to the Android look and feel from those two devices. OP3/OxygenOS is very much like stock Android, so it's fine. I actually found the UI change refreshing.
It might take a little bit of time to find all the options in the Settings menu (from my own experience). Some of the options are hidden in the Settings menu...
If there's a stock app you don't like, you can switch it out with a different app. This is what I like most with Android. I've swapped out their default SMS app with Textra.
Turn off iMessage to prevent missing messages after you make the change.
You can also transfer your WhatsApp messages by using WazzapMigrator (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nbeghin.whatsappmigrator&hl=en). If you don't want to pay the full price for the app, there's a free version of WazzapMigrator but it appends a "-LITE" on all of the messages and won't transfer the media (photos/vids/etc)... I'm not too sure if there are any other options you can look at, apart from emailing the chat logs with media to yourself.
I'm not sure if this is the case with the OnePlus 6, but I continue to find the vibration motor in my OnePlus 3 very weak.
I don't care that much about the alert slider because I'm one of those people who likes to have their phone on silent almost all the time... but I think OnePlus fixed whatever issues they had with the Alert Slider in the OnePlus 6.
You have the ability to change your "launcher" on Android -- check out Nova Launcher (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime) if you end up disliking the default OnePlus launcher. One key difference with Android and Apple is that you don't need all of your apps on your home screen -- so you're free to put whatever app icons you want on the home screen.
If you're a heavy iTunes user, this is the part that I didn't like.. there's no good way of transferring music onto my OP3, but what I ended up doing is just getting Spotify Premium and have now mostly eliminated my need for iTunes... if you'd rather use your own music and not rely on a freemium streaming service, then I've heard good things about using Phonograph (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kabouzeid.gramophone) but you'd have to transfer your music manually over onto the phone.
If you're a Mac user and will miss iMessage/phone call integration on your laptop, you might want to use a different app for messaging or rely on WhatsApp web. There's also Airdroid you can check out if you want some sort of integration between Android and Macbook (https://www.airdroid.com/).
I think these are the things that stood out to me when I transitioned over from an iPhone 5S to my OnePlus 3... Hope this helps! If you've got any additional questions, feel free to ask!
perhaps this https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Are you from the future? ��
Next time you can use something like,
and you won't lose everything.
I use sms backup and restore. Backs up every week to my Google drive every week. Restoring is a piece of cake.
I have used sms backup and restore to back up all my messages and reload them on new phones. works well.
Okay, couple things to try and a few backup options:
Contacts: If you are logged in to your Google account, you can go into Settings>Accounts & Sync (it may be called something else but similar on your phone). From there click on your Google account, and then on the area where it says "Account sync" or something similar and ensure that "Contacts" is set to sync. This will save them to Google's servers and you'll be able to sync them if you get a new phone or reset this one.
Alternatively if you are not logged in to Google, then go into your contacts app and open the settings menu. You should see an option to import/export contacts. Simply export the contact file and either save it somewhere else or email it to yourself. It should not be particularly large.
Calls/Messages - Download a free app called SMS Backup And Restore. There are many similar apps available but I like this one because I know it works well, can back up MMS messages AND it has the option to export to Google Drive if you want to provide a cloud backup. If you prefer not to use Google Drive, you can still create a backup file and then put it on your PC or email it to yourself again. It may be too large to email if you have a lot of messages.
Once you're ready to restore messages if you lose them, simply install the app again and use the backup file to restore the messages/calls. Same thing with the contacts, just import them from the contacts app.
Now, regarding the WiFi issue, first I would try simply resetting the connection settings entirely. You can do this from Settings>System and then you should see something like "Reset options". If it's not there, you may need to poke around elsewhere within settings, but you are looking for "Reset WiFi, Mobile, and Bluetooth". Selecting this will reset all of your connection settings to stock, which means you will lose any saved networks as well so you'll need to re-authenticate. Doing this once may solve your issue.
Another thing you can try that won't hurt anything either way is to enable Developer options by going to Settings>System>About Phone and clicking on "Build Number" ten times. It will pop up a notification that says you are a developer now and will prompt for your passcode if you have one enabled. This will add a "secret" extra menu in your system settings.
Go back to Developer Options and DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING BUT THESE FOUR THINGS:
Under "Networking", check if "Mobile Data Always Active" is enabled. If it is, disable it. Since you have no data plan, your WiFi could be constantly trying to switch/check for mobile data despite it not being there. I would also disable mobile data entirely from within settings as well if you haven't already done so.
Under "Drawing", set "Window Animation Scale", "Transition Animation Scale", and "Animator Duration Scale" to 0.5 (they should be at 1 on stock). This will do nothing to solve your WiFi issue but will make your phone faster/smoother.
If all of this doesn't solve it, I would suggest backing everything up and doing a true device reset from recovery mode. Do this by turning the phone off and then holding the volume down and power keys for several seconds until it boots into a recovery/fastboot mode. There should be an option there to factory reset/erase data. Use it, but again be sure to back up first.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS, then you can try completely reinstalling the OS using the Sony software. I can't vouch for it, but this website has a walkthrough. This may revert you to an earlier version of Android, but you should then be able to accept the OTA to upgrade.
I use SMS Backup and Restore
It's a bad idea if you get caught.
I don't encourage sneaking and hiding under most circumstances. Hell, my very last post decried it outright, in favor of 100% integrity and honesty. So am I a hypocrite?
Every rule has situational exceptions. Here's the deal: if you're a man, you need evidence of abuse, period. Because the harsh reality is, no one takes abuse against men seriously by default. If a woman even hints of abuse at the hands of a man, real or imaginary, well-meaning people will come to her aid in a flash. Including state actors (judges, police). It's unfair, but it is what it is. Men don't have abuse shelters (we have: sleep in your car in the Wal-mart parking lot in February, because it's better than getting screamed at or potentially stabbed).
If she accuses you of assault in the future (and don't believe for one second that she wouldn't, because BPD), then you'll desperately need evidence to the contrary, in order to discredit her and protect yourself.
Have these sent to an address that's not your house. Your office, or a friend's house.
HD Pen Camcorder
USB Audio Recorder
Also, save and print out every text message and email. Never delete, always have off-site backups.
Phoneview for iOS/Mac
SMS Backup and Restore for Android
Best of luck.
UPDATE: Only do this to protect yourself from false accusations and threats, period. Never use this in order to "show her reality," or convince her that she has a problem. Don't do that. It's a stupid, stupid idea.
OP, I came here to mirror this sentiment. You need to flee, but you'll also need evidence of abuse should she go apeshit on you.
Also, file an Order of Protection with the sheriff's office right away. They might not grant it (in my case, they didn't), because men have an uphill battle convincing anyone they need protection from a woman, but file it anyway. It's useful to have on file. If she files one on you "in retaliation," good, it's still no contact. And she will violate it by calling or texting you and trying to goad you into breaking it yourself, because Borderlines cannot help themselves. Save evidence of this as well.
This transfers photos:
SMS Backup & Restore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Your contacts should be part of your Google Account, and will sync automatically (unless you purposefully did not do this?). Check https://contacts.google.com/, you should see your contacts there. If not, you might need to force it on your S6. Or, you can follow these instructions to export your contacts to a .vcf file: http://mobilesupport.telstra.com.au/samsung/galaxy-s6-edge/calls-contacts-calendar/back-up-contacts-to-your-sim-and-your-phone/
And then on Google Contacts, import that file and voila, they'll all show up!
For your texts and call logs, this app will do the trick: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
Keep in mind, the limit on Android's phone call history is 500 calls by default. Might be more on Samsung ROMs, not sure.
Congrats on the new purchase!
I use SMS Backup and Restore for that. Works pretty good.
I don't believe that it can, but you can just find an app for that. I use SMS Backup & Restore.
I've used this app in the past
SMS Backup and Restore
This one usually works fine, try it:
I use this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
You can give this little app a small try, it's doing what you need https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
This is probably the best one in my opinion:
It backsup even the photos in your sms. You wont be dissapointed
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en Will let you backup your text messages.
SMSbackup and restore from Carbonite works great.
I used this app and transferred thousands of SMS and MMS without any problem.
I used Sms Backup & Restore. It works fine
SMS Backup and Restore allows you to single out only particular conversations/call logs and output to an XML file.
Not officially. Here's a workaround:
No, you don't need the DisableForceEncryption .zip. TWRP (both unofficial and official) now supports decryption of data storage so encryption is only a boon and never a bane unless you screw something up, or if you don't want encryption (which is kind of silly and I don't recommend it).
First install TWRP. It's up to you whether you want official or unofficial. If stock recovery keeps installing itself over TWRP, run both of these commands (alternatively, I think flashing Magisk makes the custom recovery stick):
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
fastboot boot recovery.img
Then for the custom ROM, you just need a couple of things (you can use adb sideload, but it's easier to just have them on your microSD card if you have one):
Needless to say, the install package for the custom ROM of your choice.
Assuming you're installing a custom ROM based on Pie, Pie vendor+firmware for this phone. If you're installing a ROM based on Oreo, you'll probably need Oreo firmware instead (I'm not fully sure but I think you'll get a bootloop with incompatible firmware).
GApps: ARM64, Nano (or above, but I recommend just getting Nano and installing the Google apps you want manually from Play Store later on), corresponding Android version. You can skip this if you don't want Google app packages or if you're installing Pixel Experience (which already comes with GApps included).
Make a backup of your data if needed (whichever method you prefer). I recommend using SMS Backup & Restore for backing up SMSes, and backing up encryption-related stuff (eg. LINE and Whatsapp chat history) from within the respective apps themselves.
Then wipe everything except for your microSD. Wipe→Format Data (this wipes your data storage and encryption, probably the step many people missed), go back and select Advanced Wipe and wipe System and Cache.
Flash vendor+firmware, ROM, and GApps in that exact order (do not boot into Android before flashing GApps, or you'll have to restart the entire thing).
(Optional) If you want to root, easiest way would be to just flash Magisk in TWRP.
SMS backup and restore with a greenish icon works best.
Does mms fine.
>[...] you cannot in future move your SMS to another app.
Yes you can, but the procedure isn’t very intuitive. To move your messages from Signal to your device's original SMS app:
How does it compare to SMS Backup and Restore?
I rely on the built-in backup solution for most things, like WiFi networks, Google Play Apps, and device settings, but there are a couple of other apps I use:
That's for Iphones. ?
I use this Sms backup and restore
I've been using this app to backup sms messages for a few years now. It's simple and works.
I've been playing with text message analysis in R lately and figured this holiday would be an opportune time to use my mom's texts to post some of the visualizations that I've set up on my way to learning how to do sentiment analysis. Texts were collected from my Android phone with this app, analysis was done in R, plots were aggregated and image was made in GIMP.
I haven't come up with a punny name for a github repo yet, so here's a pastebin of the code if anyone would like to recreate any of the plots.
Bonus smaller corpus of text where there's more variance and it's easier to see the detail.
>1. No search
The developers are working on adding search to Signal Android right now: https://community.signalusers.org/t/search-within-message-threads/93/18
>2. No reasonable export mechanism. Yes, you can export, but it's plain text and it removes group chat messages from their group and puts then with the person's individual messages, which is worse than just losing them.
About three weeks ago, they added the ability to make full backups of the app's entire database, including group and media messages. However, the backups are encrypted with a 30-digit passphrase and can only be imported into a new install of Signal Android.
To get your messaging history out of the Signal database on Android, you can:
It looks like xeals has plans to support XML output format / SMS Backup & Restore compatibility. So in the future, you may be able to use the same tool to convert your decrypted database into a format that can be restored into Android’s stock SMS app with SMS Backup & Restore.
It looks like xeals has plans to support XML output format / SMS Backup & Restore compatibility. If all goes well, you may be able to use the same tool to convert your decrypted database into a format that can be restored into Android’s stock SMS app with SMS Backup & Restore.
Try sms backup and restore
Give this app a shot.
Not all apps support app data backup.
I've had great success with this one.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en it will save all your text, call logs etc.
It can backup into Google Drive, but as an XML file (which can be converted).
Been using this one for almost five years, free and no ads.
Has always worked for me.
SMS Backup & Restore has a "Delete Messages" option.
sms backup and restore allows you to backup a single contacts messages and export to an XML file
Your story hits close to home my man.
Print out those text messages! If you haven't already. You don't want to lose your messages should something happen to your phone!
Discrediting her is the name of the game. You have a bit of an uphill battle, because of the gender card, but having hard evidence in your favor will get this case dismissed, even if she presses charges. My DV case was dismissed.
Also, I suggest you carry these on your person at all times, in case she turns up:
I have a feeling you'll be alright. I was falsely accused of domestic violence, and because of the contrary evidence gathered, I made it to the other side. If she texts you more, collect, collect, collect. If you feel you have enough contrary evidence, you're good. Never speak to her again! If you feel you need more evidence, my suggestion, if you can handle it without giving in to temptation to rescue her or fall for her sappy bullshit: Unblock her number (hear me out), put her number on no-ring/silence mode, and DO NOT RESPOND, EVER, NO MATTER WHAT!!! Your radio silence will drive her completely nuts, and it will tempt her to say stupid shit and further contradict/incriminate herself. This is good. You'd have to discipline yourself to not look at the text messages, save once a week simply to dump them to print, and NEVER RESPOND. If you can do this, it's a good way to collect more.
You'll make it. Print it all out (multiple copies). Never speak to her again. You're not married and you don't have kids, so things could be much worse for you. Don't get her pregnant!
Hang in there. Hit the gym. Delete Facebook. And move. Move this week.
If you can move to another state, DO IT!!!
This app has worked flawlessly for me.
For texts I suggest : SMS Backup and Restore
I've used SMS Backup & Restore to do this and it works very well.
No its an app
Yep, Google Support is useless for actual technical issues.
This is the solution and has been for years:
I Dowling this app to save my messages
Google sync usually works to backup the SMS for me, but every time I do a factory reset or flash a custom ROM, I always backup using this app: SMS Backup & Restore
It has an option to backup to the cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) and local storage. I do both as a precaution, then after the factory reset or flash, I just install the app on the new system and restore the backup. I've been using this app for years, and it's worked for me every time.
Regarding Android 11 gestures and 3rd party launchers, my workaround is to use either Fluid Navigation Gestures or Infinity Gestures. Enable the app, disable battery optimization for the app, set it to autostart, then change navigation in your system settings from 3-button navigation to full screen gestures (to hide the navigation buttons).
I use SMS Backup and Restore.
You can back up only specific conversations.
If you want to export your messages from Signal to the default messaging app, here is a step-by-step guide that I wrote about a month ago. Basically, all you need to do is create an encrypted backup, replace the app with a fork, import your encrypted backup, export a plaintext backup, and then use SMS Backup & Restore to restore your messages from the plaintext backup.
Some things to note: The plaintext backup will not contain any attachments, so you'll need to export those separately. You may need to edit the plaintext backup file's default name to get it working with SMS Backup & Restore. Also, if you imported your SMS messages into Signal when you initially started using it, be careful not to end up with a lot of duplicates outside of Signal when you're done exporting them.
I've used https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore for years and it's worked well
If you want to be sure you carry over your call history and SMS, I'd recommend SMS Backup & Restore. Easy to set-up and you can schedule it to back up afterwards too. It uploads to Google Drive and/or Dropbox.
This should help you remove preinstalled apps. I would only mess with the obvious bloatware like Facebook and Fortnite.
Above is a good option for transferring texts.
As for installing apps externally, Sony disabled being able to set SD cards as internal storage a few Android version ago due to stability or security issues. Going to Settings > Storage > Transfer data to SD card - will help you transfer media over. In Chrome and other apps you can set to download files to the SD card automatically.
Your answer for #2. Also lets you run nightly backups.
If your old phone still works install this, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
Then just copy the backup to your new phone and you got all your texts back.
Will allow you to do it for free.
Either way it's a good idea to manually backup the messages in case it doesn't. I've used this on multiple occasions and it worked https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Install SMS Backup & Restore. I've been using it for about 6 years to backup all my messages to Google Drive.
Run a backup and see if you can figure out the format. Then modify your current backups to match and reimport them.
For SMS backups I use SyncTech Pty Ltd's SMS Backup & Restore (formerly developed by Carbonite; the app needs access to accounts when it needs to authenticate with Google Drive and Gmail for uploading backups, however). It exports in XML format, with an option to add XSL tags for opening in web browsers (i.e. in Internet Explorer).
Piandro's Backup SMS app allows exporting SMS to text document for easy opening (it needs access to contacts but not account information).
Edit: Added Play Store links to apps I suggested, and added the first app's previous developer. (Correction May 13, 12:38 AM UTC: SyncTech's website says the app was acquired from Carbonite; the previous version of this comment stated it was Ritesh Sahu.)
For future reference, I use this app to back up my messages. You can backup to Google Drive, SD Card, Dropbox or One Drive.
To migrate your messages from Signal Android to a new iOS device:
SMS Backup & Restore is good for making backups of Text and MMS messages to multiple places including MicroSD card, Google Drive and email. It will also backup call logs.
Also saving settings to the Samsung Cloud should store your phone log and some settings while Google Backup is getting pretty good at saving and restoring some settings. You probably know that there's a setting in Google Photos to backup to the Cloud and you can also do the same with Microsoft OneDrive.
Often but not always a clean reset will speed up your phone and at a minimum clear out some of the accumulated bloat from months or years of use. It's unlikely to make a massive difference to speed though.
I'd suggest trying out Samsung Internet or Samsung Internet Beta, the latter is probably the best browser available for Android at the moment.
The problem with alternative ROMs is that they don't have access to some of Samsung proprietary drivers so the fingerprint sensor might not work properly, the camera will probably not be as good and the dynamic screen settings will also not be as good. Also there's often something that doesn't work.
After saying that I've tried out Resurrection Remix but only liked the version based on Nougat. Oreo and Pie based versions have incorporated too much of the security crap and notification rubbish (Pie is the worst) that Google has introduced. Resurrection Remix does allow loads of customisation options.
If you don't use the fingerprint sensor I'd recommend trying out Good Lock 24.0.16
Don't use a later version and turn off the fingerprint settings before installing. Good Lock isn't meant for the Note 4 but Version 16 works very well with it and has some nice Quick Settings customisations.
As far as I know, if you're not rooted, there's not much you can do aside from the basic stock Backup. Just go to the Settings app, search backup, then select the 'Back up now' button. This backs up texts as well, but not MMS messages. If you want those backed up, too, I'd recommend getting an app like SMS Backup and Restore. Instructions on how to use it are given in the app.
Use this first, you can backup your stuff to Google Drive. Then try clearing the cache and force stopping the app. If that does not work, you can try clearing cache and data, then force stop, see if it helps. You can uninstall that app since it is a system one, unless you are rooted I guess.
You should be safe as I believe it's stored in a different place, not the messages app itself. But if you want to be certain, backup your messages using this app.
SMS Backup & Restore for SMS and Titanium Backup for everything else.
I highly doubt it would work but you can follow these steps if you want to give it a try:
In theory yes, however I always prefer a belt and braces approach and use SMS backup and restore as it allows you to control the whole process.
Google Takeout can save / export conversations,
There are also some apps that can export, not sure if they see GV info,
This works for me.
I believe setting the app as the default messaging app allows it to edit the local database? I use this app to backup / restore my SMS / MMS and it seems to completely delete the previous messages so I am assuming there may be an option to mass delete as well
Hey thanks for the link! For what it's worth I ended up downloading SMS Backup & Restore and doing a manual back up and restore from my OG Pixel.
Hopefully that will work for you and anyone else with the same issue.
It's intriguing that others have had nearly the same issue. Did you get a new number as well or just transferred the sim to the Pixel 3?
My concern now is if this actually gets fixed by Google then I'm going to have a double up of around 7 years of messages! Oh well.
Yeah they're all in my messaging app. I back up the message threads that are important to me ever so often with a third-party app called Sms backup
Use smsbackuprestore from the play store. The stock sms backup doesn't back up mms if you care about that.
I use SMS Backup & Restore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore). Works great.
I can confirm I got it working and exported all my Signal messages into the default Android Messages app. I'll try my best to list my exact steps I did for others to follow. My phone is a Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra on Android 8.0.0, PC is Windows 10 version 1803
Under Settings in the Signal app, and under Chats and Media menu at the bottom, enable chat back ups, and write down the 30 digit passphrase. VERY IMPORTANT! Then create the backup. This will take a bit depending on how many messages you have.
Locate the backup file on your phone, as per this under "How do I move messages to my new phone?":
I had to eject and remove the SD card, and then as their FAQ said it was located under Internal Storage/Signal. Copy the file to somewhere on your PC.
Download the appropriate binary for your system (or build from source if you're into that) from:
Keep the backup file and Xeal's program in the same directory.
Just follow the example usage for your system. For me on Windows, opening a command prompt and cd-ing to my directory with my files:
signal-back_windows_amd64.exe format -f XML signal-XXX.backup > backup.xml
It will prompt you to enter a password, this is the 30 digit passphrase. In case the order isn't clear, it's top row, left right, then bottom row, left to right. I was a little confused about that first too.
I did CSV also just in case. I opened it in Excel and everything looked okay.
You can now transfer this backup.xml file to somewhere on your phone that you can find.
Download SMS Backup & Restore app to your phone:
In the app, tap on more options at the bottom, and in the side menu tap on Restore. Follow the prompts for a local file backup, with the file being wherever your stored it on your phone from your PC, and it will ask for a bunch of permissions to make itself the default messaging app to do it's job. Follow its instructions, and it will start restoring the messages. Depending on how many you had it can take a bit.
You can now go back into the Messages app, give it a moment and it will start populating with the backed up messages, and make it your default again.
I hope this helps some and is clear enough. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask.
This works as of October 20, 2018.
EDIT: only transfered the SMS. Didn't get the media extraction to work because Windows didn't like the. backup extension. I know you wanted MMS also OP, so sorry I couldn't figure that out.
Works like a charm, and it's free.
>Beware that you CANNOT switch back to another SMS/messaging app after using this. They have removed the backup to unencrypted format (opting for a bulky proprietary encrypted backup that have had issues). Any messages recieved in Signal are forever locked in their walled garden.
All of Signal's code is open source and licensed under GPL: https://github.com/signalapp
You can then use the same tool to convert your decrypted database into a format that can be restored into Android’s stock SMS app with SMS Backup & Restore.
>Feedback on this is deleted on their forum.
The project's contributing guidelines say that the issue tracker is not meant to be used as a forum and that all non-bug discussions should take place on the community forum instead of GitHub. This forum is run by the community and it belongs to the users, not to the Signal organization. There are multiple open discussions about backups and exporting data, including this one:
Edit: Toned down the last part.
I've used this for a while, it has always worked well.
> Yeah it's pretty unbelievable that I can't just sign in to a new android device and have my messages get sync'd.
You can though.
>I had to buy an app to backup my sms to my google drive, that's how ridiculous it is on android.
Given that SMS Backup & Restore is free and has worked flawlessly for years (back when Android didn't auto backup), I think this might be you being more ridiculous than Android.
Protect yourself if possible for the future... Samsung phones by default (in my experience anyway) store all the contacts to the PHONE by default. You have to go and change the default storage location to Google. Then, if you have anything on your phone you have to merge the contacts to Google. This will overcome your first loss.
Use a 2FA that has a tablet version, or PC version. I use Authy and it syncs across all my devices. Even if you have a super old phone at home that doesn't work well, it's still good enough for a 2FA backup method. It's less secure, but takes care of your problem.
Use Google Photos in the high quality mode. This makes it free storage for all your photos (up to 16MP) and videos (up to 1080p). This take care of your possible future loss.
Use SMS Backup and Restore to schedule regular backups of your SMS messages. Or, alternatively, use Pulse SMS which has a backup feature in the premium version. You can also text with a PC or tablet. It's awesome and I love it.
Sorry I wasn't able to help you recover anything, and let me know if you need help with any of the solutions I've offered. Have a better day!
Thanks for the warning. Worth having
And / or
installed and running before the upgrade then!
You might want to backup your SMS and calls. I personally use SMS Backup and Restore.
Also make sure your contacts are backed up as well. I'd export your contacts to a VCF file just in case they're not backed up online.
Also after you make your accounts, set up 2 factor authentication either using your phone SMS or via a third party app like authy.
This is unlikely, but if you're using any kind of notification mirroring apps like pushbullet or join, I'd disable those until you've set everything up, then check which devices they push their notifications to.
For SMS, MMS, Call logs - use SMS Backup and Restore app.
Rest all apps you can download manually, I guess.
Are you from Vietnam?
I have the same phone (ls997 running us996 rom). I used this guide and it worked for me: https://forum.xda-developers.com/v20/how-to/guide-root-twrp-lg-v20-using-dirtysanta-t3722278.
You need to backup data on your phone first, I suggest this app for messages: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
When you rooted, every time the phone restarts, it'll show red triangle warned you your phone is not secure, just ignore it and wait for 10 seconds, it'll disappear and continue to boot normally.
If you're concerned about saving text messages, get something like SMS Backup and Restore and let it back up texts and call log (if you want) to your Google Drive.
It may take a while, so leave it plugged in and connected to wifi. Super handy app that I paid for the ad-free version of because it's so useful.
It can also back up to your SD card if you want, and it will do a backup on a schedule as well.
AFAIK, no it won't. Phone logs and SMS storage is handled by a system app called 'Phone and Messaging Storage'
Have a backup just to be sure. I use this https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
IFTT is useful to upload text messages one at a time, when they're received.
For a bulk upload I'd rather suggest SMS backup and restore:
The XML file it creates can be imported in an Excel spreadsheet.
SMS backup and restore
SMS Backup and Restore works with any standard sms app. I think it's free. Will also backup phone history, I believe.
Who knows. Mine hasn't backed up in days.
Just use this and tell it to backup to Google Drive
It won't get rid of root. But keep in mind ADB backup/restore is not very good. I doubt it will get app data and the rest is kind of pointless. For SMS/MMS/Call logs I suggest this. Contacts and installed apps should already be on your Google account. As for app data, that depends on the app. Some backup to the cloud, some don't. I suggest going through the apps that don't and see if they have a manual backup/restore feature.
I always use the SMS Backup & Restore app to backup my text messages and call logs before any big changes.
The free version works well and the ads are negligible since you won't open the app very often anyway. It supports backup to Google Drive and Email for frustration-free restoration.
Heck my Moto X Pure are full of call logs and text messages from 2014, well before the phone actually exists!
Backup and restore should save and restore your texst (minus your MMS messages) and call logs. Make sure you go into your backup settings and confirm they're getting backed up. If you're really worried though, you can use an app like SMS Backup and Restore.
I've used this before and it works fine: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Google does back up some data to Google drive; SMS was part of that in the past but had issues with reliability. I'd use an app just to be sure.
If you just want the simplest way to read the texts he may be deleting, an SMS backup app is probably it. I originally recommended the automaton app for its other uses, as well. But, this or this can automatically backup texts so the content would still be available if deleted from the phone.
Not knowing what device you are using, have you tried uninstalling updates and/or clearing cache and app data of your phone app? WARNING: This may clear your call log, so you may want to back it up first with an app like SMS Backup and Restore
I use SMS Backup & Restore by Carbonite.
Never had any issues. Does MMS also. I have every single text message from 2012. Not sure how it'd work on a custom ROM as I've only used the stock rom. Maybe you can give it a shot.
This app worked well for me, make sure you enable the options for media messages
This app let's you upload all sms into your Gmail for archival purposes. It can also restore but for restore I've had better luck with first app
I use SMS Backup and Restore:
Do you have google services installed? Your contacts will probably be already uploaded to your google account.
An app like this one can be used to back up your SMS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I've used it personally and it's great
this always worked for me. You can also backup your SMS's directly to gmail via the app
Sorry for your loss
I have successfully used the free app "SMS Backup & Restore" from Carbonite to backup SMS, MMS and call logs multiple times. Since it uses the rom's Content Providers to export the data in its own intermediate human readable format and restores it the same way, it works between ROMs with different message database structures.
For apps and app data (some apps prevent data backup) you can use 'adb backup' but I would generally suggest avoiding backing up the data of system apps since it may be incompatible. If going from two different Lineage builds it is probably fine though.
No, TWRP will not work to backup between devices.
SMS Backup & Restore. I have been using this app since 2011.
Make sure to backup the file to another location so you don't lose it while wiping!
Use an app like this to transfer the messages.
i've used dropbox and google photos for music/video, and you can use this to backup texts https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
If you're still unable to transfer the rest, you try using SMS Backup and Restore. It can automatically place your backup on Google Drive, where you simply open it up on your S8 to import.
I like to use SMS Backup and Restore to transfer over my texts and call history. I believe WhatsApp syncs all of your messages via your Google account, so they should just show up on your new phone if you login with the same Google account. As for other apps, you'll have to find out if they are able to be backed up at all. I recommend googling the app names and 'backup and restore'.
if you manage to turn it back on
>1. Make sure your data is backed up to Google. See here.
2. SMS messages are not backed up by Google. I recommend creating an SMS backup folder on your Google Drive and using SMS Backup & Restore although there are alternative apps available.
3. Look at the apps on your handset and consider which ones hold data on the handset which isn't backed up and find a way to do so!
4. If you have Google 2-step Verification set up to use SMS then you should print off some codes to use if you're going to be without SMS for a while. Manage your Google login settings here.
5. What's your plan for if/when your Nexus 5X bootloops? Do you have a spare handset you can use? Will your SIM card fit it? You can buy an adapter off Amazon for that. Have a look on Reddit to see what your options are for repair/replacement in your country with your provider. Good luck!
6. If your handset is bootlooping you can switch it off by holding Power+Volume Down buttons to access the Fastboot menu and selecting Power Off.
7. Leave it bootlooping for a few hours and it may recover itself, but it is likely to reoccur!
heres a bunch of things to try: https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-4220
I ran into this issue a while back and I did a bunch of things... not sure what actually worked... I cleared out all of my messages, I used SMS backup and restore https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
after backing up, i cleared the cache on the messaging app and the google/play apps, then i restored my messages
I dont remember if that fixed it totally as i still had spotty issues, i think i disabled too many things in the back ground so eventually i wiped the phone which fixed everything... except now i cant use data while taking for some reason...
If you don't use hangouts and still want to back up your messages, you can use SMS backup & restore. It has limited local backup, but full backup to a google drive or dropbox.
But to answer your question, they don't get deleted after a set amount of time.
Tried and true methods? If you are rooted; TB.
If you aren't rooted, I can't guarantee these will work with 7.x.x but have used them in the past:
Backups SMS and call logs to xml files, can backup directly to Drive/Dropbox and has scheduled backups too.
hmmm have you tried wiping the App data? if you want to save your texts, use SMS Backup and Restore first. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I haven't seen/heard that before.
SMS Backup & Restore restores like a champ; I've used it reliably for years to restore many thousands of SMS/MMS on fresh ROM installs, new devices, etc. It also has the ability to run a restore and skip duplicates, to your second point.
That said, I think your overall point still stands in that it is probably not worth it to do on a regular basis (e.g. not just when setting up your phone from scratch). SMS Backup & Restore batch process takes a lot of time once you build up a few thousand messages and MMS attachments. At least, I wouldn't want to do it more often then once every few months.
To /u/anotherfiz question about Drive backup... sort of? You can upload the backup file (an .XML by default I believe) to Google Drive automatically with scheduled backups and retrieve it from there. I suspect you were thinking more about auto app backups from 7.1. Like you said, I don't think there's a way right now to access those backup files without resetting.
It doesn't have that functionality on its own, but the developers (and myself) recommend SMS Backup & Restore to handle that, I've used it in the past for transferring my texts (including MMS) to a new phone and it does it perfectly.
SIM only carries contacts (and only if you're storing contacts on it) and a unique identifier for your carrier to use. Back the contacts up to Google or something if they aren't already. Texts you can get apps to save and restore
I don't know if there's a baked-in way to do this, but call history and SMS can be done with SMS Backup & Restore. I have mine set to backup to Google Drive every night at 2 am.
Edit: fixed link formatting
If the android GPS provider AND the android Network Provider are both fucky, a factory reset AND full clean install of your ROM are the first steps I would take. I know, it's kinda a hassle and it takes at least 10 minutes, but that's the price we pay sometimes for installing custom software.
IMO, best SMS Backup app and best app backup .
How did the file become "unsupported"? Did you run a factory reset?
this utility backs up ALL texts. It may be a good start?
There is no real solution I'm afraid, all the best backup apps require - you guessed it - root access.
I've been in the "I'm not going to root this device ... Damn I've been using it for a while and I'm really missing some of my favourite root apps!" boat a few times and I've always ended up biting the bullet and wiping.
You may find these useful though:
SMS Backup and Restore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
App List: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist
I used sms backup and restore app synced to gdrive or Dropbox. Worked beautifully. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Unfortunately the backup functionality isn't as comprehensive as apples system via iTunes. Though you can download and use Samsung Kies to do something similar.
A more manual method of copying your files from your phone's SD card to your main computer just like a regular HDD works too and is what I did.
Investigate the section in your phone's system setting 'backup and reset'.
You have the option of backup up via your Google account and via your Samsung account. Wouldn't hurt to do both just in case one fails.
SMS's have always been tricky.
I use an app called SMS backup and restore which saves them to you google drive (an option you need to select) and can schedule to keep backups, handy if your phone dies, you lose it or if you need to factory reset.
I don't think SMS are automatically backed up, and so you'd probably want to use a third-party app to back those up. Personally I use SMS Backup and Restore.
Otherwise, if you've got Google backup enabled then your apps should restore. If you're using Google Photo backup then those will be fine as well.
Yeah it gets quite heavy with lots of pictures. I use SMS backup and restore to archive messages and then save that to google drive.
If a completely functional phone:
I use this app to do this.
It allows me to back up the files of which messages I want, on my phone and also on Google drive & drop box. And also allows me to restore the files, and also has a transfer option . It's a simple easy process. Pretty simple interface as well =)
Never had any problems
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In future, use: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore (scheduled backups to Dropbox/Google Drive) :)
I usually take a backup of my messages using: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're looking for, but it stores the messages in an XML format that can be read as plain text or in an XML viewer if that's your thing.
I personally use SMS Backup and Restore.
You can backup everything or just certain conversations. You can do the backups manually or you can use its automatic backup feature, which you can set a schedule for.
It can save your backups to Google Drive, Dropbox, or have them e-mailed to you, in addition to local storage course.
Also can backup your call logs, as well.
So long as you still have the original conversation on your broken phone, you could download an app that backs up stuff like this and install that app on your new phone as well. I think Titanium Backup does this well and I used it for 6 years before getting my S7. It does require root, though.
A quick Google Search brought this up.
If your screen is non-functional on your old phone, you can still mirror it to your computer and try backing it up that way. I think AirDroid does this as a free feature, at least the mirroring part.
I use SMS Backup and Restore for backing up and restoring text messages and phone history. Just save them to your external SD card, wipe internal storage, flash, and restore.
For contacts, Google automatically backs them up in the cloud if you have your Google account as default account for new contacts (check this in the Contacts settings).
I'm not sure about WhatsApp, because I've never used it before, but I use an app called SMS Backup and Restore to back up my texts. It gives you a file, which you can backup to the cloud and restore from after you reset.
Not sure about the messages, but if your GS2 has enough power left, try this.
As a fellow GS4 user, I welcome you to the family! I definitely recommend you to install a custom ROM like AOSP or CyanogenMod. Both are running the latest Android Marshmallow (6.0.1) and perform way better than the standard TouchWiz OS, which IMHO is bloated with software no one uses.
AOSP or CM13 makes your phone feel way smoother, it's just up to you if you'd like to make the leap. If you have any further questions, do ask! I can help you through the process!
Just one thing, have you got a S4 GT-i9505 version?
I usually use SMS Backup and Restore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
Your options are limited because you're bootloader is locked and your device isn't rooted. You can backup your texts with SMS Backup & Restore. Your contacts should be synced to your Google account. As for app data, you won't be able to back that up without root. At least, as far as I'm aware.
Get SMS & Backup & Restore, then get this add-on and you can back your SMS's up to Google Drive etc automatically
You can backup and restore your text messages to your gmail account or you may choose to follow the other commenters' suggetions and use SMS Backup and Restore.
Yes, this can do that.
Hey, I had the same problem as you. Screen shattered and digitizer totally broke. I don't know if this is the most efficient method, but what I did was buy an OTG cable on Amazon and hooked my mouse up to it, allowing me to get to my stuff without using the touchscreen.
As for backing up your texts, again I don't know if it's the best app for it, but I used SMS backup and restore from Carbonite and uploaded all of my texts to Google Drive iirc. Once I got the replacement phone (which was a total pain in the ass), I downloaded the app onto the new phone and restored my texts. Hope this helped or gave you some ideas.
No, only backup user apps, because system data is very specific to firmware versions, and can cause issues if you restore it. Also, on a related note, Titanium has issues backing up SMS messages, so for that I'd recommend SMS Backup & Restore.
Use the batch action. Menu - Batch Actions - Redo backups for modified data.
Yes, but if you want you can manually backup the backup. They're stored in /sdcard/TitaniumBackup
PS: If this answers your query, please reply with "solved". Thanks!
I've been scouring around, and I cannot find an answer to your question. If you made a backup of your original image prior to flashing (I hope you did), I would suggest rolling back to that, and using an app such as SMS Backup & Restore. There are others, but this one has been around for several years and works great.
For the SMS texts, you could use this. It can save them on your phone or in a gmail account. Then restore them from gmail, or a copy saved to your computer from the donor phone.
Google will only ask the first time whether you want to redownload previously downloaded apps and settings. If you choose NO, you can always go to your app list in the Play Store and manually select multiple apps to re-download.
Only apps which support backups to Google Drive will restore the data once re-downloaded. Except for WhatsApp, I haven't found any other apps which currently support this feature.
I don't see why apps backed up in Titanium in your S3 can't be restored to the Pure. If you want all the data back then I would suggest you take this route.
I personally use SMS Backup & Restore for backing up text messages (LINK)
Upload photos and music to Google's cloud services for both a backup just in case, and to make it easy to transition. Contacts Contacts should be backed up to your Google account, but you can export to a vcard to import from the contacts app (check the overflow menu in the top right) if you're paranoid. Last I checked, this app worked perfectly for backing up and restoring texts.
Contacts with display pictures will transfer if you have your contacts stored to your Google account and not your phone.
For SMS/MMS, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore . You can choose the conversations and whether you want MMS messages or not. It will save the file to a location on your device. I usually just upload this to my Google Drive. On the new phone, install the app, download that file to your downloads folder, and choose the restore option in the app. It will ask you what file you want to use. Voila! Works great, but makes the texting app slow for a while as everything gets situated.
SMS Backup & Restore can do that.
If you want to backup your texts and call logs use these two apps. I used them when I switched from a Note 4 and it was quick and seamless.
For your contacts they should be linked to your Google account.
Looks like there's a number of apps called 'SMS Backup & Restore' on Play Store. This one has worked well for me:
I use this app. It works with Textra (my main messaging app) and I have linked the app to my dropbox account. Hence it goes to the cloud.
The only thing that I can think of that may be stored directly on the sim are your contacts. All of my contacts are linked to my Google account so when I logged into that during phone setup they synced. If you don't have this set up, it either may be worth setting up, or talking with somebody in store about your options when you go to ask for a new sim, they may be able to help/advise for your situation.
For other things such as SMS/Apps/Photos/Music you will need to look at transferring those from your OPO to your OP2, but you shouldn't lose any of these from your OPO unless you restore it. It may be that they are synced with Google Photos/Music so may sync if you log into your Google account during setup.
If you are bothered about your SMS you will have to manually back those up using an app such as this, save the backup somewhere and then restore that backup onto your new phone.
Also Call Logs Backup and Restore by the same author.
I used Helium to transfer my data from my N5 to 6P this afternoon (both using Marshmallow). Have you googled to see if anyone else has that issue and possibly a solution for it?
I've noticed that some android apps don't allow app data backups because a lot of mine were greyed out on Helium which is unfortunate but those weren't too tricky to get set up. As for Hangouts stuff, anything that's not SMS should be synced with your Google Account and will be transferred immediately however I did use something called SMS Backup and Restore many years ago so maybe give that a try?
Maybe do what /u/Section_80 said and give Titanium Backup a try.
I am pretty sure SMS Backup and Restore has this feature. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I did the same and flashing SuperSU is necessary. I ended up wiping and clean flashing just to start fresh but that wasn't necessary. I did it anyway because I had already backed up my apps with Titanium Backup and my texts with SMS Backup & Restore.
Keep in mind that your modem won't get updated if you're using TWRP. I had to reboot into fastboot mode and manually flash the COS12.1 modem.
Yes by making themselves the default messaging app, of which tasker is not capable of(correct me if I am wrong).
That being said something like SMS Backup and Restore and its Add On, along with dropbox/drive and autoinput could probably be used to achieve the task. Something like Foldersync would also probably be needed to completely automate the task.
Agreed. Textra has been good so far. The only two issues I've noticed are minor. One is that setting notification and response options per-contact is time consuming. The other thing is the app doesn't make a notification sound for the contact if the screen is focused on the conversation. This isn't a huge deal, but I like to leave my screen on and go do other things while chatting with people, so not hearing is a drag.
So Textra and Emoji Switcher Root have worked. I also use and recommend SMS Backup & Restore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en). It has been a good way to keep text backups, and it also works with Dropbox to upload to the cloud.
I know you already have something setup, but I've been using this app with great success for SMS backup. It uploads to Drive or Dropbox or whatever, too.
SMS Backup & Restore is google for text message backups (including mms).
My contacts are backed up via my Google account. So I'm not sure what could be used for that.
The things I always make sure to backup are Nova Launcher settings, Tasker settings, SMS, Google Photos, and... I think that's it. Everything else usually gets restored after logging into the new app.
You could try that app. If that doesn't work I don't think you will be able to get them back. I personally use an iPhone so I can't really try it on my device.
SMS Backup and Restore will do MMS perfectly. I have used it several times.
Texts and pictures, not emails. All other app data will be deleted as well. There are a few apps on the app store to back up messages, I use SMS Backup and Restore which creates an XML file you can put on your PC, then drop bit back onto the phone and restore after the factory reset. You'd have to backup any photos manually though.
No, this does happen often. Especially on Android, not sure what type of phone you're using though.
The only thing you can really do about it is delete the text message thread. Which if it's 5,000+ or 10,000+ will take a little bit a time, and may freeze/not respond on Android but just let it does it's thing. I can usually hit 8,000+ texts with someone before I start having such issues and have to do this on Android 4.4, at least. So I'm usually doing this every two months.
If on Android and you'd like to backup the text messages with her (and anyone else) you can use SMS Backup & Restore for that.
Again since not sure what platform you are on, but with Android it also usually happens with any of the messaging apps you use too.
SMS Backup and restore
It makes a backup file, then you can stick the file on the resetted phone and restore it using the same app. Just make sure you have don't lose the backup file when you reset the phone, so stick it on your SD card or PC while it gets reset.
Download this and send the .xml file to me. If some Government mook is archiving all your conversations you won't have a problem with me doing it right?
Are you married? Do you hit your wife, your kids?
Have you ever thought about killing yourself? You've been tracked by Google analytics on every site you've been on, it would be pretty easy to tell if you did.
Is there something wrong in your life? Are you unhappy? Is that why you're so afraid of the terrorists? Did something happen to make you afraid?
What's it like being so angry that you'd give up your privacy just to feel safe against a threat that's only killed two people in the last decade? It's much more likely you'll be beaten to death by cops, that your kid will be beaten to death by a cop.
Is it worth it, knowing surveillance will be used against activists? That your kids will never be able to stand up for what they believe in? Will you be okay when news breaks about torture chambers here like the ones in Chicago and someone in your life just disappears?
Is it okay with you if it mostly just affects Muslims and poor immigrants?
How did you back it up (which app)? What happens when you attempt to restore this backup or can it not be found anywhere? What happened with the XML document you emailed yourself? Was it never sent or something?
Anyways, it's highly unlikely you'll be able to recover the mmssms.db file on your Android device, especially at this point.
I'm not sure which apps you used, but for the future I highly recommend SMS Backup & Restore (one of the best) as well as Txtract and MyBackup Pro. These all get the job done, MyBackup Pro offers more features too.
No issues cloning mine. You could try this instead. Works well. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Well assuming you had enabled SMS/MMS backup on your 4a, you could grab another Pixel running the same or newer OS and set up your account on it and restore your data from the phone backup in your Google account. After that you can use backup / restore apps. Like this - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Log into your Google One account to view device backup.
SMS are stored in Android database. Just use Signal if you like it.
For export/import I. recommend: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Been using this particular one for a long time https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Use SMS Backup & Restore. I've used it on many phones with good results. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
You can try this app, but you have to have a backup in order to restore There's an option to schedule backups as well.
Even when the google transfer works, it only copies ~5 years of SMS history. If you want the older stuff, SMS Backup and Restore app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore) works well. It does duplicate detection, so you can do a restore even after the google transfer moved some/most of your messages and you won't get duplicates.
In addition to G1, there is https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore which is a good app.
Zoom (japan) makes a lot of nice pro audio recording devices.
The Zoom H1n will last about 8 hours with NiMH batteries.
https://mahaenergy.com/ / PowerEx are some of the best NiMH chargers.
Ikea has rebranded Panasonic eneloop NiMH batteries (based on power curve and storage) for super duper cheap. The Zoom Q2n-4k is an excellent video and audio recorder.
Your lawyer will tell you "what are we using this for? To tell a court ``she said mean things about me, waaah'', or to counter allegations of ``he beat the crap out of me''".
You should use a phone recording app like https://callrecorder.skvalex.com/ you may need to root your phone.
You should probably backup your phone to google photos, dropbox, or onedrive.
You can backup your SMS on android using:
Export to XML, and backup to cloud: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore or
Backup to gmail: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zegoggles.smssync
You should get used to the recorder and video recording features of your phone. Usually double press power on androids to trigger.
You should probably take photos of all your important documents, children's documents, financial documents, your STBX spouses documents.
I had a lawyer suggest I take the children, and just let the other side try to gain access, and work from that side of the fence. Possession is 90% of the starting point of family court.
I didnt' feel like escalating like that--my child's mother played the "he's unfit, I'm not working, and the child is too young--sweet and tender doctrine FTW" game-plan.
That cost me 2-3x my monthly cash flow intake for a long time to reverse.Took a few years off my life.
If you are not organized, meticulous, and ready to spend hours and tens of thousands, then decide where you want to be in your children's life.
IF someone is saying "I'll fight dirty", then believe them.
They've exposed how much of a pile of dirt they are without you having to experience it directly.
Realistically it's going to be difficult for you to take the children and run, and maintain any sort of status quo relative to lifestyle, income, or expectations about the future.
Your life will be better in 2-5 years.
I had a lawyer suggest I take the children, and just let the other side try to gain access, and work from that side of the fence. Possession is 90% of the starting point of family court. I didnt' feel like escalating like that--my child's mother played the "he's unfit, I'm not working, and the child is too young--sweet and tender doctrine FTW" game-plan.
That cost me 2-3x my monthly cash flow intake for a long time to reverse.
Took a few years off my life.
IF someone is saying "I'll fight dirty", then believe them. They've exposed how much of a pile of dirt they are without you having to experience it directly.
Realistically it's going to be difficult for you to take the children and run.
If you want only backup and restore you can try -
It will not be "easy" (unless things improved since last time I checked), especially on non-root device.
For SMS/MMS & Calllog, usually SMS Backup & Restore do the trick. Contact can usually be exported / imported. Agenda is usually synced or local Agenda can be exported/imported.
/data/ can be accessed easily by connecting it to the computer and allowing USB Transfer.
The big issue will be the app themselves, it's easier with root access but you may want to search using adb, it may be possible.
But yeah, would be cool to have a tool that transfer everything properly (I think Xiaomi have one with their Miui that isn't bad called Mi Mover but it may not work with other brand).
no issues here, but I've used SMS Backup and Restore in the past to move messages between devices and have had a good experience with it.
SMS Backup & Restore will do what you want.
I can't speak to the overheating issue but I've transferred my data using the phone to phone cable method a few times and it's always worked reliably.
I would also recommend SMS Backup and Restore for your SMS and call logs. I've been using this app for years and it works great.
First is SMS Backup & Restore. It can back up to Google Drive, DropBox, local share, whatever. I've used it several times to transfer/restore all my texts to a new phone (after some cleanup prior to the backup).
Second is FolderSync. I previously used the Synology-specific app (DS Cloud) to do syncing between my mobile devices and NAS, and it was decent. But it was deprecated, and the new Drive app lacked real syncing options. FolderSync's paradigm is a bit odd (you must specifically define/store resources before creating "folder pairs" for transfer/sync), but after I got it and set everything up, it's been more reliable than even DS Cloud.
Both versions linked are free/ad-supported. Considering I normally only open them when I'm setting up a new phone every 2-ish years, it's not worth the small cost to remove the ads.
Yes was looking at this app but have not tried it yet.
This the same one you use?
I've used SMS Backup & Restore on my last 3 phone upgrades/replacements. Takes a loooooong time if you're like me and have a ton of messages and media, but it's the only way I've found to get everything 100% transferred.
I've used this app many times and has always performed flawlessly.
I use SMS Backup restore free, it does all of that, you can restore to antigen mobile, or open the file directly in Excel among others.
You can also use Samsung Smart switch to a PC, and check there in the folders.
My call log goes back to 2018 and has 855 calls on it. I have a Pixel 5 that I used SMS Backup and Restore to copy texts/calls when changing phones.
What? Why would this require a cable? There's loads of apps for this on the play store. Use this one, I've been reliably using it for years.
There are some questionable ones out there too, so be careful.
I'm guessing you were thinking of clicking and dragging stuff to your laptop or something... Android doesn't work like that. It's based on the Linux kernel, and uses that file system, but it has a clever security model that essentially restricts each user (apps, and you) to their own directory. You can't see the file structure like it's an external storage device when you plug it in.
Don't look for generic, backup everything tools. You just need an app that backs up text messages such as:
Put the backup file in the cloud or move it off the phone wirelessly using Sharedrop for example.
If you're on Android, SMS Backup and Restore can save messages from a certain date. But you'd have to back up, clear all your messages then import your backup. It's easy to use too
I had a similar issue when I was setting up my 6 and the people in the Google store used this app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore) to get my message over. It transferred the MMS and media also. Idk what steps they did but they used that app.
A lot of apps do some automated backups, Chrome or Firefox save your passwords, etc. Photos can be backed up automatically to Dropbox or offloaded with USB OTG, or uploaded to Photos (there is usually a limit and you get lowered quality). Text messages are another thing that need to be backed up manually. SMS Backup and Restore has been my go-to, but I'm not entirely confident if it can handle backing up the new enhanced RCS messages like it can with SMS. Whatever homescreen layout you want, depends on the app. Nova lets you export your confirmation to backup manually, you can also just take screenshots of every home screen and folder and re-make them all manually.
This app. You can use Google drive to backup & restore via this app or it even supports local backup & restore.
Yep. What I did was:
Done! What you said was incredibly obvious, but it helped, nonetheless. Thank you.
Does the jobs, period.
Useful when changing your phone or if you really want to backup sms in a cloud
Works wonders for me.
Try SMS Backup and Restore on the Play Store:
SMS Backup & restore works great for me.
You can save, restore, transfert, print
🔗 to play store
I've used https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en_GB&gl=US for years to backup and restore my SMS messages between devices. But it looks like you can also use google to backup your messages.
Google Messages or Textra.
Also there are third-party apps for SMS backup like:
Backs up call logs to XML.
+1 to Smsbackup & Restore app. It's free and works. You'll need to transfer the backup files of your sms to an sdcard or computer or send them via bluetooth, etc. Then install sms Backup & Restore on the target phone and restore everything, even files.
For reliable SMS/MMS and call history backup use SMS Backup & Restore
Going forward I would use Authy over Google Authenticator for ease of transferring devices or factory resets. If you want to continue using Google Authenticator, I think you can make it like you're exporting it to another device, then take a clear picture of it from another device (screenshot will be disabled for security), and then scan it on the phone again after setting it up. I'm not familiar with Keybase keys but there should be a way to backup/export them as well.
For apps + app data, you can just use Google cloud backup and it should keep the majority of your stuff. You used to be able to use "adb backup" but I think that no longer works on Android 12??
SMS Back up, you can save and export to xml format.
I have been using this for years to transfer text messages from one phone to the next. Set it up on your Samsung first and then restore on your LG. Restoring can take a long time. Put the phone on a charger, follow the instructions and wait.
Use SMS Backup to save to Google Drive on the old phone and restore to the new.
Best way to get Messages and Call Logs.
I use an app called SMS Backup and Restore - I set it to make backups once a day to Dropbox, and keep about a week's worth of backups. When it comes to restore it will pull the data from the same Dropbox and restore it. Takes a few minutes to do. This is the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
25 MB per app is a different thing from your SMS/MMS backups.
And no, I went back to using SMS Backup & Restore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore) because it actually works and Google One does not.
since you are using Android first you need to look at smsc service from that you can know from which mobile network company are the sms coming.
to do this install this app from Google play.
there is a better way to do this with adb shell but it's for more advanced users wich I think you are not.
create a backup for the target sms only, when you have a backup saved in your phone in XML format open it with a txt editor and you will see the message ID and smsc.
you can perform a search to find which mobile network belongs that smsc (sms Center service)
with booth sms ID and smsc you can go to the police (depends which country you live) and it's easy to identify the author.
The second maybe you are a sim swap target share this with your mobile network provider and ask for security measures that you can do, regularly send sms to yourself, if you can send but not receive call to your mobile company and block the sim card immediately.
Or someone are trying this but typing your number by mistake.
Use "SMS Backup & Restore" App. it works fantastic. I used it to restore all SMS and call history from Duo 1 to Duo 2
You can use an app such as Sms Backup & Restore for moving texts over. Also, many of your problems can be solved by using a 3rd-party launcher such as Nova Launcher. There you can customize icon labels as well as the presence/style of the search bar.
Lastly, you cannot remove the 'swipe' step from unlocking. If you have a fingerprint sensor, just tap that and it'll unlock without needing to swipe. Pixel 4/4XL can also face unlock without needing to swipe (but it works best if you have raise/tap to wake enabled).
I was in the same situation a while ago. My issue was sometimes the text was "stuck" and not even sending. And same thing happened when I tried to switch to a basic SMS app. This is because texts are also encrypted. Anyway, I remember I had to use johanw666's Signal APK and SMS Backup & Restore. Something like :
- make a backup with the official app
- install apk
- import the backup and decrypt in plaintext
Only then you can use SMS Backup & Restore. And after you're done you can uninstall the apk, reinstall the official app and restore the backup.
All in all quite annoying but in the end it worked. And I really prefer this way. Two separate apps.
Use SMS backup and restore it can save your text to Google drive, internal memory or drop box.
If you save it on internal memory you can see the folder when you plug the phone in the computer
I've used this for years, you get a backup on your phone, can also send to your email, drive, etc.. Really good freeware.
This has worked well for me in the past. It won't be very helpful at making them accessible outside of Android, but it will preserve them.
SMS Backup & Restore
I've used it for quite a while (the Pro version) as I switch phones so this is a useful app to restore my current SMS' and call logs.
Has always been perfectly reliable.
If you used SMS Backup & Restore to make a backup of your SMS/MMS then transfer the resulting file to the Pixel and use the app there to restore the messages. Is that what you did but the messages don't appear in your messaging app? Was there an error message when restoring? Did you use the latest version of the app (20-Oct-2021)?
Are you using RCS? There's a little more work if you don't, but if you do it will automatically transfer. I have messages going back to 2018 and I've switched phones several times. For years before that, I used SMS Backup & Restore. It was probably one of the first apps I bought. You have to make it the default SMS app and then it can work. It doesn't like RCS... There may be others, but this has been dependable for me.
You can transfer you messages with an app... such as https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I've used SMS Backup & Restore, but there are also some alternatives like SMS Backup+ and CallTrack which are more like live tracking of your calls, details of which are copieed into your Gmail or any IMAP mailbox.
These software glitches are clearly some kind of corruption or everyone would be complaining about them. If you need to backup your SMS/MMS first, download an app from the Play Store (I have always used https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en_US&gl=US in the past). Backup everything else that you want to keep because it will all be obliterated (especially make sure to backup any 2FA tokens you have stored in apps like Google Authenticator if you don't have a 2FA solution that stores them in the cloud like Authy).
Settings > System > Backup
Toggle off the backup switch. It will tell you it is going to delete your backup. Let it. Then do the factory reset and you'll be running a clean slate.
I would wait until Android 12 comes out though since major system updates are the most likely to break things.
SOLVED! In case someone runs into this problem, here's a solution that worked for me.
NOTE1: This is not very user friendly. Is not terrible, but there are some more involved steps here.
NOTE2: This is not for everyone. Depending on your security needs, this might or might not be the solution for you. If you need absolute security, this is not the solution for you.
NOTE3: For this reason, this is meant to be used to transfer your unencrypted SMS you may have in signal if you were using it as your default SMS app. This is not a secure transfer method.
0: DELETE ANY CONFIDENTIAL MESSAGES. All your messages will be exported plaintext.
1: Create an encrypted backup in signal app on android device 1. Note down the passphrase.
2: Copy this backup file to android device 2
3: Note the version of signal that you have installed in device 1.
4: On device 2, download the "universal" APK from this repository (this is a signal fork). Download the same version as device 1. Install this APK on device 2.
5: Once installed, set up the signal fork app in device 2. Restore from backup
6: Once you're set up and your messages are loaded on the signal fork in device 2, export plaintext
7: Move the plaintext file to device 1.
8: Download and install SMS Backup & Restore from the play store on device 1
9: Restore from backup. Select your plaintext file, follow the prompts, and let it import.
10: At this point your unencrypted messages from Signal will be available in your regular messaging app.
11: At this point, you can use "move to iOS" app to copy your message history to iOS.
Hope this helps somebody!
Free and I have moved multiple phones and resets with it.
Can backup locally or to cloud services
When you setup the new phone, it will ask you what you want to restore. By default, messages will be checked.
Even if it's backed up it's not the most reliable. I'd recommend using SMS Backup and Restore and manually doing it that way in case you're missing anything. It has a duplicate check built in too if you want to try the Google restore.
Check out "SMS Backup & Restore" - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Give it a try, must be installed on both devices. Worked for me a long time ago.
will back up all your SMS messages to an XML file which you can then copy to am external drive or DVD for long term storage, and you will always be able to open it, because the XML format will always be around. For pictures I recommend copying them with a USB cable and them backing them up to a DVD as well for long term storage.
DVDs last for decades while external drives/SSDs will start losing data after a couple of years
SMS backup & Restore
On all my previous phones I've used SMS Backup and Restore, don't see why it wouldn't work on xiaomi phones (though I wouldn't be surprised lol)
Fix messages: delete all messages from new device. Install this on both phones:
2button is a depreciated feature. It was dropped from all other pixels besides the 3 I guess?. Like holding the task button for multi-window, and chromes tabs in recents. There's the magisk mod, requires unlocking the bootloader (a reset) which will disable Netflix and many banking apps including Google pay, but no matter what you choose you can't get it on any other phone.
If you opt in, a lot of apps back up to Google cloud automatically. Some apps like Nova launcher offer their own backup where it just gives you a zip file. Dropbox, MEGA, and Google Photos are good places to store your photos and videos. I use this app to backup and restore text messages and mms to dropbox each day. I'm sure there's a more unified solution somewhere I just haven't gotten into it - maybe if every app used Google or something.
Also, i think u can back up and restore from samsung cloud
Edit. Try pulse sms too . According to description , it can sync between phones
SMS Backup & Restore and similar apps will backup any message that's on your phone, but they will only be saved as SMS, not RCS.
It probably has something to do with the fact that you using a samsung app to do the phone transfer. Maybe it doesn't support having the restored messages show up in google messages. I use sms back and restore to backup and transfers google messages when I switch phones, it's free from the Google app store. Just install the app on your old phone, backup to google drive, install the app on your new phone, and restore. Make sure google messages is set as the default messaging app though first before restoring.
SMS Backup and Restore is working for many years for me: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
There is a paid adfree version, too.
You can start looking into this app. SMS Backup & Restore.
Sorry to hear about your cousin.
I've been using this for years and it's never missed a step
Great even for importing when you move to a new phone.
If you have MMS photos/videos that you want to keep, it's probably best to save them to the device and upload to Google Photos. That way you can be sure they won't get lost.
Then try SMS Backup & Restore. I think it's the best tool available for doing this.
Try this app. I use it.
Use something like SMS Backup and Restore to output the sms messages to an XML format.
as for photos, all they need to do is plug the phones into a computer and copy the DCIM folder over.
Voicemails are carrier side.
You can save the contacts to your SIM, and also export a copy of all the VCF files and save them on your computer or whatever cloud you like
This SMS backup app seems to work really consistently and you can schedule automatic backups https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I tried this app and it worked out well.
You can use this to backup messages.. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
When I setup my new pixel and restored from a backup my messages were automatically transferred over. Unfortunately my backup was a week old so I ended up using this app to do the transfer over and it works fine. Should work for you as well
Edit: not affiliated with this app I just searched SMS backup and used the first one
Check out SMS Backup & Restore:
According to their FAQ, it can backup and restore RCS messages.
>Can this app backup/restore RCS messages?
>Yes it can, if you use Google’s Messages app for messaging.
>Google’s Message app now supports RCS messaging with all service providers in USA as well as a lot of providers outside of USA. Messages stores these messages in the SMS/MMS database on the phone as MMS messages and SMS Backup & Restore can backup and restore these messages. If you wish to use RCS messages and backup/restore them using SMS Backup & Restore then we recommend using Google’s Messages app instead of the phone’s built-in messaging app.
SMS Backup and Restore. Back it up locally or to a Dropbox account. I have it run nightly anyway.
I use this to backup mine: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
SMS Backup & Restore
It's not possible to recover them, but going forward I suggest you to use this app to backup your texts automatically
I always use SMS Backup & Restore App, never have had a problem with messages being out of order.
Backup to google drive and restore on new phone.
Edit: Maybe I should read more than the title before commenting, leaving it here incase it helps someone else.
I use this
Give this a go: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Probably not. For that, you’ll want to use SMS Backup & Restore.
Google’s backup process for messages rarely works and when it does, it’s usually incomplete. I suggest that you install SMS Backup & Restoreon both phones and use it to get your messages on your Pixel.
This one. I use it and back up my messages once a week to my Google drive.
u could use syncthing to transfer the contact CSV file to new one . Found this on aurura store and the tracker it has is google analytics https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
U can back up the two files and send it over With syncthing (syncthing is on fdroid)
This is the best and free app. You can sideload the APK on your Huawei phone, create a local backup, move that to your Xiaomi phone and restore from the local backup using the same app
I would suggest trying https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Damn ... That sucks. I used to use an app called sms backup & restore to handle the sms & mms. It worked & performed well, it's just that I stopped giving a damn about backing up texts.backup & restore
Typically not, at least if you are only using Android backup features they provide. But if you have say a Samsung phone, they have the ability to do it through their Cloud services for free (if setup).
I've used SMS Backup & Restore for I don't even know how long now; it does MMS too. It's probably the best backup app. It's definitely one of the apps I always use when I get a new phone/reinstall/whatever. You can even backup to GDrive, Dropbox, etc.
I would use SMS Backup and Restore to export the messages from Textra and then re-import them into the standard SMS Database and then use Google Messages. I have a text message thread going back to 2013, so I totally understand your situation.
As already mentioned, SMS Backup & Restore is the way to go if the automatic transfer fails. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en_US
I have no idea why it fails sometimes. My wife's SMS messages didn't transfer from her Moto G4 Play to her Pixel 3a, but mine did transfer from my Moto E4 to my Pixel 3a XL. So we used SMS Backup & Restore to move her messages.
First, go to settings and find
Google -> Backup -> "your phone model" backup -> SMS text messages
If that's up to date, and it's not too late, I'd say to do a clean wipe and cloud restore on the new device. IDK how to overwrite or update current texts, but you could try an app like this one.
Exactly! This app always works well for me. Can't remember the last time I used LG Mobile switch to transfer my data from one phone to another. plus LG Mobile switch app drains battery and causes a lot of issues on the new phone and you may have to reset it to get it working right.
Since you said Google, I'm assuming that you are talking about android phones.
You can use SMS Backup and Restore to create periodical backups of your SMS and Call Logs. The same can be uploaded to your server along with other folders. If you are looking to sync Apps and App Data then ROOT is required. You can use Migrate/Swift Backup/Titanium Backup to create periodical local backups on the phone and move them to the server with syncthing. If a periodical backup is not present the use tasker or IFTTT to initiate it.
I always used SMS Backup and Restore to back mine up whenever switching phones/ROMs.
Slightly OT but what SMS backup app do you use? Is it SMS Backup & Restore? Just switched phones and I should really migrate my.old messages.
It's hard not to be swayed by the disappointed comments, though. I'm happy with the games I have so far and will also be playing them for many months to come and have no interest in clicking a link to play with some talking head on YouTube - but I get that some people will want that and might have assumed it would work differently. But the Connect didn't dive into the details so probably worth waiting to see exactly how it will work - maybe Google could clarify quickly to prevent any misunderstanding becoming misinformed PR.
You can set up a schedule and it will back up all SMS to Drive as a single file. It works quite well.
There's the native Google backup system but that only reinstalls all your apps, it doesn't move data over. Other than that there aren't any non root solutions in aware of other than manually moving everything. I've used this app before to manually move texts and call logs.
I personally just use smart switch with a physical connection so I'm not uploading stuff to Samsung, but I'm not 100% sure that it's not uploading things in the background anyway.
See the instructions here to change which app on your phone handles SMS/MMS messages going forward:
If you want to export your past SMS messages from Signal, this is not officially supported at the moment. It's possible, but you will need to use some third-party tools. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is to create an encrypted backup and write down the 30-digit passphrase, replace the official app with a fork called Signal-JW, import your encrypted backup, export a plaintext backup, and then use SMS Backup & Restore to restore your messages from the plaintext backup.
Some things to note: The plaintext backup generated by Signal-JW will not contain any attachments, so you will need to export those separately. You may also need to edit the plaintext backup's default file name to get it working with SMS Backup & Restore. If you imported your SMS messages into Signal when you initially started using it, be careful not to end up with a lot of duplicates outside of Signal when you're done exporting them.
Once you're done, you can delete Signal-JW and SMS Backup & Restore from your phone. If you want, you can also re-install Signal and import the encrypted backup you created earlier to continue using the app for only Signal messaging/calling going forward. If you choose not to, remember to unregister your number so that other Signal users with your number won't try to contact you through Signal.
Edit: Added a very important step.
Try backup and restore app
I mean, I'm a bit paranoid, so I also use SMS Backup and Restore as well as making manual backups of my photos.
1 – Currently Polaris running 17.1, but I haven't made a backup recently. Mea culpa. I've also used Migrate with a Oneplus3 and Bullhead. Not sure about the Shamu, since the battery crapped out on me and I'm waiting to have a new one put in. I could do it myself, but, well, it's a bit more complicated than installing RAM or a hard drive on a computer.
2 – Yes, Polaris when I was running 16.0. Migrate, and had issues with Pocket because I've bookmarked so many items, but since I can log into that and it syncs, not a deal breaker.
You're not wrong. But despite a lot of highly intelligent people working on Lineage OS, the version of Linux that I use, the other computers at work running macOS, nothing is trouble free. Computers are great when they work. The idea with the two solutions I've mentioned is to give myself as much wiggle room as possible when something goes south.
You need to factory reset your phone. Back up your pictures, videos, messages (I use SMS Backup and Restore to back up my messages), etc. Do not save messages locally because they will be deleted after the reset. Save to Drop Box or Google Drive. After you back everything up, do the factory reset. The steps will vary depending on what type of phone you have, but it's in settings.
When you start your phone up again, add everything again manually. Download the SMS Backup and Restore app and locate the file containing your messages that you saved earlier, and download all the other apps from the App/Play store ONLY!
I know I shouldn't have to say it, but don't download stuff from sketch places. You're putting your security at risk.
That thread you found is outdated. Unfortunately, Xeals hasn't kept Signal-Back up-to-date with the Signal Android app's database structure since December 2018, so it's no longer compatible with the latest version of Signal.
To export your messages from Signal to the default messaging app, you could try the following:
[root of internal storage]/Signal/PlaintextBackups
Note: The plaintext backup will not contain any attachments, so you'll need to export those separately. You may also need to edit the plaintext backup's default file name to get it working with SMS Backup & Restore.
Once you're done, you can delete Signal-JW and SMS Backup & Restore from your phone. If you want, you can also re-install the official Signal app and import the encrypted backup you created earlier to continue using Signal for only Signal messaging/calling. If you choose not to, remember to unregister your number so that other Signal users with your number won't try to contact you through Signal.
So I did some digging and apparently it has something to do with System having a bad cache memory from the updates.
There was another person complaining about extreme lag for Texts on Messages app due to this, and what had worked for him is completely deleting the message history.
I would recommend you trying that option if possible. If you are worried of loosing all the conversations, use an app to backup your conversations before deleting.
I personally use this app so I know this works at least for me:
Once backed up, you can delete all the conversations from Messages App, then to make sure everything is okay, Go to Settings --> Apps --> Messages (App) --> Storage & clear Data. (make sure to do this regardless of whether you decided to backup your messages or not)
Then just open your Messages app to make sure its empty. Restart your phone and then go to the SMS Backup & Restore app and restore your previous conversations.
You can refer to this link for more info. : https://us.community.samsung.com/t5/Galaxy-S-Phones/Messages-app-is-very-slow-since-last-update/td-p/414834
Also some users are reporting Note 10 lags after the system updated to Android 10. You might want to look into this aswell:
let me know if this fixed your issue. :)
No problem. A simple factory reset should clear anything. Depending on what type of phone it is, you may need a secondary service to reload SMS messages. I used this app SMS Backup and Restore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore) for backing up my messages and then using the same app to readd the messages to my phone. I have a Google Pixel 2.
A wiki problem I see. The wiki provide only general instructions since there's not enough people to cater wiki page for each device. I suggest you go to the respective LOS XDA post of the device, there's usually a detailed upgrade guide, like this for my Mi A1. Firmwares are usually provided at the post too.
Also I use this app for backing up SMS. Don't rely on one backup solution only.
That's very generous of you, thank you! 🙂
I forgot to mention that the plaintext backup may not contain your attachments, so you'll need to export those separately. Also, you'll most likely need to use something like SMS Backup & Restore to restore the messages that are in the plaintext backup file. About a month ago, someone using this method said that SMS Backup & Restore didn't like plaintext backup's default file name but got it working eventually.
And for other cases SMS Backup & Restore seems to be a popular option:
Are you using this app by any chance? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
SMS Backup & Restore has filters to select only certain conversations.
SMS Backup & Restore does the job.
For SMS and calls, I find SMS Backup & Restore works best.
Contacts should be synched with Google.
You should probably do settings from scratch.
I used this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
You can use this too. Look at screenshot and read read description
I've always used this application when migrating from one phone to another primarily because Google automatic SMS backup doesn't include picture messages:
Always worked for me without any issues. It backups/exports your messages DB as an .xml file and you can use the app to wirelessly copy over the data to the new phone.
I'm sorry to hear of your loss.
You could try using this app I've had success with in the past
It will export it as a text file, as well as to cloud backups of your choice.
SMS Backup and Restore can automate backups and put them in cloud storage like your Google Drive: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en_US
Only downside is it doesn't support RCS, but if you're just doing SMS/MMS it's great.
I have used this app in the past https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
If you open the Samsung Messages app now would it show you the old messages? If yes, you could try using SMS Backup & Restore app from Google Play Store. Back up the old messages, change to Google Messages, then restore and see if it worked.
It’s a good idea to set up an automatic backup of your texts if you have valuable info there.
Try doing a backup and see if it finds your texts or not
The sms transfer is only available during initial setup. So you have two options:
Factory reset your new phone and start setup over, this time copying the data from your old phone.
Download SMS Backup & Restore on both devices. Backup the old device and restore it on your new device.
got my texts as a file from SMS Backup & Restore and calculated the date counts with python
sms backup and restore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I guess you´re talking about text messages (SMS)?
If so, I think it´s standard they aren´t restored. I always used third party apps to achieve this. Right now, I´m using SMS Backup & Restore. I like the ability to schedule automatic backups of my texts. In my case, backups are uploaded to Google Drive, however Dropbox, OneDrive or local storage would also be possible.
Had this same problem last week with my new Pixel 3a. You'll be fine!
Just back up the old device to Google's cloud- here's step by step with pictures: https://www.wikihow.tech/Back-Up-an-Android-Phone-on-the-Google-Cloud
Only thing that needs special treatment is text message history, but this app is designed just for that: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en_US
I used this app for backing up and restoring successfully, but from Android 4 to 8.
> It's called SMS Backup and Restore.
Yes, I also use SMS Backup & Restore, along with default Google Messages.
I have always used SMS Backup and Restore app that worked quite well when I got a new device but I just noticed it doesn't back up RCS which I did not know. My wife is currently the only person that I use RCS with. All of my contacts are always backed up by Google and I use Google Photos to back up my pictures.
If you got an Android phone and then I'm using SMS Backup & Restore
You can schedule backup, upload them on a Dropbox/Gdrive storage or local backup
I have been using this app for years
It saves them in an xml format
Second vote for this. It's stupid easy to setup and just let it run. SMS Backup and Restore
What's the path to the messages database? Just out of curiosity; I remember reading that rcs messages are kept in a different database
For me, sms backup and restore warns that it can't do advanced messaging (rcs). Are you using this app?
Not sure if it will help, but I use this app to backup and restore SMS. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Are we talking about SMS?
Then you could use this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=de
For photos: You could connect your old phone to a Computer via USB and transfer all your picture folders to your computer and after that to from the computer to the new phone.
SMS Backup & Restore works well.
I also use Pulse which includes full online back & restore.
In spite of its name, SMS Backup & Restore can backup MMS messages and attachments too.
Backs up to XML, which is used everywhere. Not sure what you mean by loaded on any platform.
A few options:
All of these should be able to work over wifi.
You can switch SIM cards any time it doesn't affect backups at all if you are using wifi or bluetooth. If you need to sync to / from cloud or dropbox over LTE, then you'll need the SIM in the phone that needs to connect to the cloud obvs.
In which case it would be worth backing up Messages separately...I use SMS Back up & Restore; works well.
I have been using this app since I had my Samsung Galaxy S. I hope this works for you.
I use this SMS Backup & Restore everytime I switch phones and it's been an easy process. Just need to install the app on both phones click backup on the old phone and back it up either locally or on something like Google drive and then transfer the local file or point the restore to your Google drive and let it do it's thing. Link for the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
maybe this app can take a backup of your messages
An app like this one will work https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en_US use wifi on any phone that needs data.
There is an app I am using to backup and restore SMS https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore. I have been using it for 3-4 years now, it is still working.
For SMS: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en_CA
Backup WhatsApp or other messaging apps to Google Drive if they support it.
Textra has an option to keep all messages in the settings (I have been using Textra for years now). If you synced the text messages through Samsung, then the issue could be there. Open Messages (the stock messaging app) and see if the missing texts are there. If not, then those missing texts were not synced.
One other thing: if you synced texts after installing and launching Textra, then you should go in About - Resync Textra to re-initialize it and it should show all available texts. I am backing up my SMS with https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore (one local copy and one Google Drive copy). I am not using any sync service from Google or Samsung.
It's not really that 'basic' or an obvious blind spot for the OS because it isn't a normal thing. You had a bug, and want a feature created for said bug. Even iOS doesn't let you just restore your texts from a backup. When a bug causes data loss, you need to restore from a backup, which requires a factory reset. This is the same on both Android and iOS.
If you want another way to 'backup' your texts, you can use something like SMS Backup & Restore Which will do exactly what you need, but you need to set it up.
I've never trusted Google Drive with SMS back up, so use this app-
I wouldn't recommend the above app from personal experience. Also, it has been abandoned - no updates in over an year, doesn't work properly on Android Pie.
I'd suggest using SM Backup & Restore instead, works like a charm and still being updated (last update was only last month).
I use this app:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Backup both phones, and then try to restore both.
Never tried to restore 2 backups at the same time, but i believe that will work.
I just moved to a new phone and used SMS Back Up App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore)
You could start again and back up from the old phone and restore to the new...all the photos will be with their respective text messages.
Ensure under settings that you include MMS in the backup and do it over Wifi.
Hope this helps.
I use this to back up calls and texts every night. A backup is then sent to Drive. Can't remember if it costs anything but it's worth it.
If your apps are backed-up to your Google account, they should re-install automatically during the setup process.
As for text messages, you can use an app like SMS Backup & Restore to keep all of your messages.
For SMS/MMS I use this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en I've used it for years, and it's great.
Your home scree setup is tied to your launcher. Since you don't say which one you use, it probably is safe to assume you use the stock Pixel launcher. As far as I know, there is no way to save/restore home screen layouts, so you might have to just redo it, unfortunately.
I use the Nova Prime launcher, and it makes it quite easy to backup and restore home screen layouts, widgets, etc. If this is something that's important to you, I'd suggest you check it out. It's great for many other customization-related reasons too :)
Just to be clear, this app, right?
This is what I'm seeing in the app. Note at the bottom it shows the disclaimer that chat/rcs isn't supported.
What phone do you have? And have you tried restoring that backup, if so, was it restored properly even if not backed up properly?
weird that you dont have it.. I have sms backing up by default (not sure how it can be enabled or disabled - maybe you need to use Google messenger?) If its not working https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore can backup to gdrive or other cloud services
https://i.imgur.com/hDH3VSV.pngThis is what I'm seeing in the app. Note at the bottom it shows the disclaimer that chat/rcs isn't supported.
What phone do you have? And have you tried restoring that backup?
You can do almost all of that manually (with help from SMS Backup & Restore) by drag and drop pretty much on PC, except WhatsApp, which has to be backed up by Google Drive, and app data, which requires a Samsung or Xiaomi transfer tool.
I use SMS backup and Restore link but this presumes that you still have the old device with the SMS still on it. You would run a backup on the device and then move backup files to the Pixel 3 then do a restore on it.
You can use this app to periodically backup your SMS as well.
Both of apps SMS Backup & Restore and iSMS2droid does not use SEND_SMS feature ... I think you are using it ..
But there is no time now.. today is March 9 2019 :(
Someone here was able to get it work by flashing a factory image. Maybe performing a factory reset will fix it for you. I know it's frustrating to backup your data and restore it but I can't think of anything else right now.
Take a look here for info on backing up your data and restoring it. If you use WhatsApp, then make sure to backup your data to Google Drive. You can also use SMS Backup & Restore and upload your SMS backup to Google Drive or Dropbox. It also lets you backup your call log. Also, don't forget to backup your media to a PC. It's a hassle and if I were you, I'd give it a try anyway to at least rule out your phone's software.
If you have Android Messages and Hangouts on the same device it should be able to see your SMS messages already. This will only work for SMS messages, not Hangouts conversations.
There are SMS backup apps like this one that allow you backup your messages into XML files. Titanium Backup can do this, too.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore allows you to save sms's as an xml file to your phone and there are a handful of apps that allow you to automatically copy folder contents to a webdav or smb folder
Edit: I know this isn't really self hosted but I thought I would give the suggestion anyway. Also I haven't tested this app so I don't know how well it works and if it's completely secure
Okay. My guess is your device is using the generic unbranded CSC code for Canada (XAC).
You can follow these steps:
Not sure if this is the best method, but you could buy something like a micro USB to USB A adapter (something like this) and then just connect a normal USB mouse to your phone as an input device.
If you can then use your phone, use an app like SMS Backup and Restore to get SMS and call history off of the device.
There might be a way to get everything you need from entering recovery then connecting the phone to a computer, but I'm not entirely sure.
This is what was recommended
However I've never used it myself, so can't verify anything about it.
There's two ways I can think of:
I use sms backup and restore, it's good and backups go to Google drive, you need to set up the settings for that tho.
Here is the link:
I use SMS backup and restore
I've always used an app called "SMS Backup and Restore". It's worked very well for me for years.
Play Store link
You can use this app from Play that can become your SMS app, backup all of your SMS to a file Tasker can read, switch back to your preferred SMS app and then get Tasker to read that file. You could even automate this process as it is a Tasker plugin, too.
In settings/system/advanced/backup you can see that Google save call history and sms (if turned on Google drive backup ).
Usually I also use this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Hi future people that might have this problem as well, for what it's worth I ended up downloading SMS Backup & Restore and doing a manual back up and restore from my OG Pixel.
Hopefully that will work for you and anyone else with the same issue.
Sure, this is what I've been using for many years. It backs everything up and uploads it to your google drive. Mine is scheduled to do it weekly. I also do it right before I change phones.
Sadly, you can't look at them manually :/ if you want you can download this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
That backups your SMS by date. For future.
This is a good app to backup and restore SMS
To move your messages from Signal to your device's original SMS app:
If you experience issues with Signal-Back, you can report them here.
Edit: Some rewording.
I'm on android (galaxy s7) and used this app. It backs up as an XML file to google drive.
Usa SMS Backup and Restore per copiare tutti gli sms e tutta la cronologia chiamate.
Assicurati che Whatsapp abbia il backup su Google Drive attivato nelle impostazioni. Fagli fare un ultimo backup prima di attivare whatsapp sul nuovo cellulare.
Sai se hai qualche app che ha solo i dati in locale? altrimenti sei a posto.
SMS Backuup and Restore has an option to delete all messages.
The option to import messages from the system's default SMS database was removed in version 4.23. If you would like to have this option back, feel free to start a discussion about it on the community forum: https://community.signalusers.org/c/feature-requests
Once the file has been decrypted, Signal-Back can convert it into a format that is compatible with SMS Backup & Restore.
I know you don't want to use other apps, but sms backup and restore really is the easiest way to do this.
I've had good luck with sms backup and restore : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Used it to back up the wife's texts and it worked fine.
There is no way to backup everything in one convenient package, unfortunately, but you can backup most of your data using Google services (assuming you have a google account logged in)
You can set up automatic backup in the account settings. This only backs up content related to your google account (so calendar, contacts, email, some device settings, wifi passwords, etc) and a separate setting backs up app data from supported apps (I don't know an exhaustive list, sorry.) Apps will be re-downloaded when you log into the google account after wiping the phone, and supported apps will have their settings and data restored as well.
For photos and Video, you can set up either Google Drive or Google Photos to backup your media automatically. If you have media outside the normal camera roll (outside the DCIM folder on the phone) you can use the upload option in the Drive app to find it and save a copy to Drive. After wiping, you can download it all again (If using Photos, restore pictures by opening Drive, going to the Photos menu, selecting all the media, and picking the "download" option)
In my experience the oneplus SMS and phone apps don't support the auto-backup mentioned above. I personally use this SMS backup app to save a copy of all text and MMS messages, as well as call history, to Drive. You can then install the app after wiping the phone to restore your texts and call history.
You can install a custom recovery (requires unlocking the bootloader) and make a backup of the entire phone's memory minus the media partition (/sdcard or /data/media IIRC). This is the closest you can get to Time Machine, where the entire phone's contents can be restored on a new phone (must the the same model), ROM and data and all. The backup is stored on the phone; you can copy it onto a computer or somewhere for safekeeping.
For call log/SMS backup you can use SMS Backup & Restore. It can back up locally or to Google Drive.
Ok. Fine. I used This App to save your numbers. But none of this ever happened.
I use this one, Google does have a solution in Oreo but I don't find it reliable enough yet
I used this app to backup my SMS and MMS messages, everything else was backed up with the Pixel built in backup service though I was only able to restore to a really old backup from last year. The backups made on Android P weren't available as a restore option when I was back on Oreo.
AS long as you use a Google account for email, and Google Photos for your pictures, those are stored on Google's servers so you should not have to lose them.
As for your messages, you can use an app like SMS Backup & Restore for your text messages. Just make sure you back them up to your CD memory card and use that card in your new phone and restore.
Your apps can just be downloaded again or restored from your Google backup if you enabled it.
Beyond those things, what else are you wanting to move?
I prefer SMS Backup and Restore. Includes MMS and backs up to SD card or cloud. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
AFAIK, you can't really do a full backup with the stock rom. You can use apps for backing up certain things (google automatically backs up a lot already (its in settings - make sure to double check), there are apps for backing up SMS).
SMS Backup & Restore is great too and backs up MMS as well.
Factory Reset will not wipe your SD card. SMS/MMS can be backed up. I use SMS Backup and Restore and have it back up all of my SMS messages weekly to Google Drive. That way I can restore them if needed (it will delete all old backups before uploading a new one). Apps installed through Google Play will automatically re-download, or should. Some app settings can be backed up to SD, others will have to be set up again.
Okay, are you using default mms app?
Try using another sms app like android messages (by google) and see if your problem persists.
When you say you cleared something, what exactly did you try clearing? App's cache? It's data?
Warning: I think if you clear your sms appdata it might take out your sms with it. Make sure to have a back up, just in case. Here's a backup app for sms, if you need one. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en_US
With some processing I bet you could read the files from SMS Backup and Restore?
Try this https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore does this work for you?
For the sake of NOT losing your text messages, I'd recommend backing them up via SMS Backup & Restore and saving a copy on your Google Drive (if you have the available room).
Have you had Samsung Support remotely connect to your device to see what could be wrong via Smart Tutor? If they haven't, get them to do so to see what they can identify that could be the issue.
//Edit: I have used SMS Backup and Restore and can't be happier. I have about 2.8 GB worth of SMS backed up since December 2015. Pretty seamless albeit it does take awhile to backup then restore (ofc if you're uploading/downloading it through Google Drive, note that your Internet speed will be the biggest factor of how fast this process is done. If you have spare room in a microSD that's fast, you could also do a local backup.).
It happened to my Nexus 5 once. Was caused by the SMS app unable to find the SMS db.
Tried installing another SMS app (might work for you) to see if it detected the SMS storage db/file.
What worked for me was installing SMS Backup & Restore and backing up the current db and restoring it on to the same phone.
I had some issues with Helium a while back if I recall correctly but I no longer use it, instead opting to use adb backup directly (no system app data, no apks).
To backup SMS/MMS, I have used the app below successfully multiple times in the past. It is no longer maintained by Carbonite but it looks to be the same app still.
Have you owned an iphone before? Because if so then you might've forgotten to deactivate iMessage.
Also you dont have to lose all your old text messages if you back them up!
+1 for SMS Backup and Restore. Thats what I've used for the longest time and have it sync to my gmail.
Factory resets doesn't hurt the phone. They make you do it because some people do modifications to their phone such as rooting or xposed.
There are plenty of ways to backup pics and texts. For pics, Google Photos provide unlimited free storage of photos, the only thing you lose is that they compress the photos. For texts, you could use SMS Backup and Restore . Plenty of ways to backup things.
Factory resetting should not void warranties. Perhaps if you flash an international rom instead of your carrier's rom through Odin is what you're talking about, in that case l, it will void warranty. If the tech says to factory reset, then do it, because that's what he told you to do. If it void warranty you can argue that.
Hey my nexus 5x just got into a boot loop three days ago, and
I was able to recover all my text messages and call history.
I just left my phone plugged in and let it repeatedly boot. Eventually it was able to get past the booting screen.
Then I installed
and backed up my call history and text messages to Google Drive.
Then on my other phone I installed the same app and restored the data from Google Drive.
I'd say one in every 400 tries it is able to get past the booting screen and you have 10 minutes of usage before it dies again.
If the toggle is on in Backup settings and it says it's backed up, then yes :). It won't back up MMSs though (groups and pictures may disappear) — you'll need an app like this one or a subscription to Pulse would do it too, I believe.
u/TubbsTheLegend has it right. You might also find it useful to do a factory reset next year to make it slightly snappier again (you can backup your SMS with SMS Backup & Restore)
But in the budget region you might be better off with a Moto G5 or G5 Plus.
For messages you can use the app "SMS Backup and Restore." https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
For contacts, this should work: http://www.samsung.com/hk_en/support/skp/faq/1078529
I always use "SMS Backup and Restore" by Carbonite. Backs up to my Google drive. It can take a little time but it's always worked for me.
Install SMS Backup and Restore on your old phone, run the backup, install on your new phone, run the restore. Configure it to run the backup at your desired interval. I run it nightly and have it keep a rolling window of 7 days of backups.
Use SMS Backup & Restore on the S4
Back them up on the s4, copy the files to the S8 using google drive or some other method, then use the same app to restore them on the S8. You can set up scheduled backups on your s8 if you want to.
I like Carbonite SMS backup. Fully automated backup to google drive.
I don't understand how once they've been received, any backup program can't back them up. I don't have a phone that supports RCS yet, so I can't verify, but I can't see why it wouldn't work. I've used Carbonite sms backup and restore. Set the app as the default sms app, run the backup, set back your sms program as the default.
SMS backup and restore
This app has done the trick for me everytime:
Just to be sure. You tried this one, right?
Are you saying that there is no 'multiple delete' or 'Clear all' option in your message app?? Is that correct?
If yes. Then it's strange. Because my current phone has this option. I also checked my 5 year old back up phone (HTC One S - 2012) and It has all required options.
It's not a limitation of Android OS. So, It's clear that LG's UI version for your phone is culprit here. I think LG didn't add this option in their message app.
If you are using some random app that has ads to clear sms, then instead of that you should try SMS backup & restore. It can backup/restore your SMS. (You can backup your sms to google drive, so that restore will become easy.)
If you want to backup only few messages, then click backup > click "selected conversations only". It will show all messages, select messages that are important for backup, press back button. Under backup location options, select " local backup and upload". Now click on 'ok'. It will create local backup of selected messages and after that it will promt to choose account for cloud backup.
If you want to delete all messages with just 1 click, then first of all. Open the main page of the app. Click "Clear phone". It will open a pop-up. **ONLY CHECK "text messages". Click on yes. It will delete all messages from your phone.
If you are an advance user, regular Text message user. Then you should consider one of these apps.
Pulse SMS- with pulse you can send/receive text message from laptop, PC, tablet, watch & anything that has a web browser in it.
Textra SMS. - nice customization, you can try free version before purchasing the app.
I hope this clears your doubts. Cheers!
SMS Backup & Restore https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Click on advance options to choose MMS as well. Google drive backup does not save MMS, only SMS text.
Is Titanium SMS backup xml format compatible with this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore? Try.
Oh, wait, hahaha. What a coincidence.
OK, to backup/restore on SMS on Android (literally just backing up the messages and restoring the exact same messages on Android) is free. You don't need MobileTrans for that. It's just an XML file usually (which is like a fancy kind of an Excel spreadsheet):
That's the one I used.
MobileTrans: it's wild you mentioned them because I actually did use them (and they do look sketchy as fuck) for my WhatsApp messages. Blows my mind, but freaking WhatsApp in 2017 still can't transfer messages between Android / iOS, even though they both get backed up to the cloud now. They came through and the app actually worked; their support team....also shockingly...was responsive when I had an issue with some messages not restoring.
But, anyways, for SMS: the free "Move to iOS" tool should work and I'm fairly certain an in-place backup and restore of SMS messages somehow...someway....made it work.
In general, go to contacts > settings > export > export to SD card and then transfer that file to your new phone and go to contacts > settings > import > import contact.vcf
For SMS message try this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Photos: use Google Photos
I agree that it's weird that it deletes random messages. It's possible it goes by message size and not date, which kind of makes sense but not really.
I can't tell you how to recover the lost messages but if you search online there are multiple programs that claims it can recover lost texts. If they work or not I can't honestly tell you.
However you can back up messages from now on if they are very important. I have used SMS Backup & Restore in the past, especially when switching phones without any problems.
I used this app to transfer my texts and it worked perfectly! Plus it has incremental backups for Google drive!
Not really, but you can use google voice or a backup program like SMS Backup & Restore and be able to get your messages back if it happens again.
> Also, can I install this backup into other messaging apps if I find them better than Signal?
Signal can be used for SMS besides its own ecnrypted protocol. Which one you mean? The encrypted protocol itself obvioysly isn't compatible with anything else (Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp...). I don't know if the plaintext backup exports them to SMS format or if it just omits the encrypted messages (?).
On the backup page it says Signal plaintext backup is compatible with SMS Backup & Restore. Have you tried using that to restore the messages? SMS Backup & Restore restores the internal SMS storage so it should work with all apps.
That app doesn't back up MMS, so no group texts or picture messages.
I use this one and works great: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
its called Join. but it reads texts from phone through LTE/wifi so i can read and send and recieve on my macbook through a chrome plugin its really great. and u can send your laptop clip board to your android phone and do a bunch of other awesome stuff.
as for actual SMS backup and restore i use this. i have it backup to SD card AND email to me every week
As I just found out sms backup and restore is added to my must haves now.
You can also try this. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Only downside is you need to manually delete old messages after backing up.
I found that newly created message threads do respect your desired notification configuration. One workaround might be to back up your texts (by using something like SMS Backup & Restore), delete them from the phone, then import them again. This might be faster than manually toggling vibrate on every thread.
I thought the infinite loop you describe for the Messages Settings > Notifications path might be because it's a shortcut to a menu that is reached through another part of the OS (like App Info or the Settings app). But that is not the case. That menu can only ever be reached from the Messages app, so that infinite loop is a menu design flaw.
No worries. :)
I just use the built-in, automatic Android backup service, and 'SMS Backup & Restore' for SMS.
Check to see if the app "SMS Backup & Restore" can help ya.
If it has a custom recovery you could do a nandroid backup to an SD, otherwise it all depends on what you're looking to copy, most app data can't be accessed without root. Make sure backup is turned on in settings, and verify that Google photos is backing up your pictures. Other than that if you're looking to keep the layout of your home screen some custom launchers have a backup option (Nova for example has a backup function in settings) or you can take screenshots of your home screen(s) and save those to an SD/Google photos. As for SMS/MMS SMS Backup & Restore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore) is very reliable, although I'd save it to an SD card rather than cloud storage.
I'm using this which backups up to Dropbox/Drive (then I suppoe you could have that synced to your PC.
It's a .xml file though.
Contacts should be backed up to Google and you can use this for SMS.
I use something called SMS Backup and Restore, but there are others.
On Android I would recommend SMS Backup and Restore
On iOS I have no clue.
There's a great app out there that can also backup/restore your text messages if you plan to go this route (and I really think you should). SMS Backup & Restore
Well it would be like a fresh start for any phone. You'll have the chance to sign in to your Google account, and restore backed up apps during the initial setup. Anything synced to your Google account will transfer over, but not text messages. So use something like SMS Backup & Restore if you need those to be brought over.
Aside from backing up with https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore I just copied files to my FTP and back. Windows PC/USB connectivity doesn't work for me.
>I do have a backup of my default sms' (SMS Backup & Restore)
You likely won't be able to backup your SMS/MMS history with the "SMS Backup & Restore" app if you decide to store your SMS/MMS in the Silence or Signal app, as it will be encrypted with the passphrase you have set.
>Would adding another layer of encryption actually stop anything on top of my rom's? I'm a noob here so I'd like to know (Would it stop snooping like how windows can see your linux files if they're unencrypted?
>Basically what's the advantage there? Considering I do have my rom's encryption?
If all the places you store your backups and all modes of transmission are encrypted (e.g. computer's system partitions are encrypted, thumbdrives are encrypted), there is little benefit of adding another layer of encryption. A minor convenience of Silence's encrypted backup (compared to plain text backup) is that it also backup app settings.
Encrypted data has to be decrypted for your access, for example if there is a spyware present in your device actively collecting all your information, no encryption would help.
>And is this talking about backups as in external backups only?
I cannot understand this, backups can be either internal or external. Please correct me on this if I am wrong.
e.g. If you decide to keep/leave your backups in the same device (what's the point?), then it's internal. If you transfer the backups to microSD card or upload to a cloud service, it becomes external.
>What about the ones that are actually in the app? That could be a reason for me to use it, like /u/lugh said:
'If you are using android, you can store all your messages encrypted on the phone if you use it as your default sms / mms client.'
If you have activated your phone's device encryption, there is already one layer of encryption, all the data stored in your phone would be encrypted with the PIN/Pattern/Passphrase/Fingerprint you have set (PIN & Pattern are convenient but weak). Hence your messages should be encrypted regardless of which app you choose. I think it is more of a personal choice if you find that storing SMS/MMS additionally encrypted by an app like Silence or Signal is similarly accessible and has some minor or potential advantages, then what not? Or if you're using the weak PIN/Pattern to encrypt your phone (not recommended).
>that being said, I'm going to give Silence and Wire a go and report back.
The main purpose of Silence is to continue offering the encrypted SMS/MMS functionalities dropped by Signal, not the easiest thing to use and/or teach your contacts how to use though.
I find that Wire is similar to Signal in terms of the features they offer, with certain pros like not using your phone number to register, and able to delete individual message on both contacts' device (I don't intend to promote Wire, I think both services/apps are good and useful). The same problem exists, you still have to convince your contacts to use the same service/app.
Clearing messaging app's data won't get rid of messages. It will only clear settings of application, because messages are not stored in app itself. You have to clear data of something like "Storage for messages"(it's system app) or something like that and clear data of that app, or better, download this app and you can delete messages with it.
Did you resync Textra? Because this is what their site recommends.
Well I have an iPhone now, not by choice it was given to me so I couldn't deny a free phone. I still prefer Galaxy, mostly after playing with the S7.
If you have an iPhone you have 2 options.
Download SMS Backup & Restore, transfer it to your computer and keep it archived there forever. (make backups)
Download Move to iOS which will let you transfer your messages, photos, etc from android to iOS. There is a catch, it only works when you are setting up the iPhone for the first time, which if you already have stuff on there it's kinda annoying to do.
There is probably other methods but I haven't dug around yet, might do that now. I would prefer to load my messages onto the iPhone without resetting the device as I have a good amount of stuff on there already. But till then I am just keeping a backup on my computer and online in the mean time.
Have you tried this?
Do you have a full backup of the old ROM. You can use an app like this.
I have not tried but I do not think so. The backup file is compatible with SMS Backup & Restore so if that can do it, maybe?!
To backup apps you need root and a tool like titanium backup. For SMS and call logs there's this and for photos just plug your phone into a computer and copy them off, or use Google photo backup.
For texts and call logs there's an app in Google play called SMS Backup and Restore. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
It does? How do I enable it? I use Textra but also have https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I wouldn't recommend using Titanium for backing up texts - I've had nothing but issues with it, and it's not very configurable. I'd recommend you instead use SMS Backup & Restore. By default the app merges the texts, but if you want you can delete all your existing messages via the app and then restore it to do a clean restore.
>1. Make sure your data is backed up to Google. See here.
2. SMS messages are not backed up by Google. I recommend creating an SMS backup folder on your Google Drive and using SMS Backup & Restore although there are alternative apps available.
3. Look at the apps on your handset and consider which ones hold data on the handset which isn't backed up and find a way to do so!
4. If you have Google 2-step Verification set up to use SMS then you should print off some codes to use if you're going to be without SMS for a while. Manage your Google login settings here.
5. What's your plan for if/when your Nexus 5X bootloops? Do you have a spare handset you can use? Will your SIM card fit it? You can buy an adapter off Amazon for that. Have a look on Reddit to see what your options are for repair/replacement in your country with your provider. Good luck!
6. If your handset is bootlooping you can switch it off by holding Power+Volume Down buttons to access the Fastboot menu and selecting Power Off.
7. Leave it bootlooping for a few hours and it may recover itself, but it is likely to reoccur!
Tips for survival:
The bootloop issue seems to be inevitable and irreversible. Your Nexus 5X is probably going to break one day. It is happening to me now. Here's what I'd recommend to be prepared:
Give SMS Backup & Restore a try. I've used it in the past to transfer MMS, SMS, and Call logs between phones and it worked perfectly for me.
There is an app called SMS Backup & Restore on in the Play Store, you can use that (free) to do this.
You can back up the data to Dropbox or Google Drive to easily access it right away or in the future without worrying about transferring it from your phone storage too.
I use this one: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Exports it as an XML!
I think I have used this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
Jumping in here, SMS Backup and Restore works great at backing up and restoring SMS and MMS messages and saves the outputs as xml files, which are pretty portable.
If you want to backup your messages use SMS Backup and Restore https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
It can backup your messages to the phone and also to Google Drive. I use it to automatically backup every Monday morning at 3am. Also, your contacts should be backed up to your Google account in the cloud.
If you wanna use ADB, use ADB over network. You don't need USB for that.
For SMS and call history, install this app called SMS Backup & Restore.
You can flash a Rom without wiping internal storage, so if you backup SMS/other data to the internal storage (if your phone doesn't have an SD card) the you'll be fine ~ this does't delete pictures etc.
Contacts etc will need to be backed up to Google.
Titanium backup (if you're already rooted) will backup app data to internal/cloud storage.
ROMs will ask you to wipe Data, System and Caches before flashing.
Try SMS Backup & Restore instead: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
It can upload directly to Drive or Dropbox.
I have been using SMS Backup and Restore https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I have it set to automatically backup every week. You can save the backups to internal storage and Google Drive.
Unfortunately, app data restore is not possible without root. For games, if they use Google Play Games, there is a chance they also sync progress through that.
For SMS, I would recommend SMS Backup & Restore like /u/kaikuhunter. Have used it a lot of times and it never let me down.
I use SMS Backup & Restore to...backup & restore my messages
Edit: Adding on to /u/KyojinKun's comment, sometimes games have their own cloud sync feature (e.g. Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2) where you have to explicitly sign in using Google or Facebook
Sure : When the first run setup asks you to enable NFC on your old phone, just skip it and enter your google account (which will synchronize your Google contacts)- then download the app "SMS Backup & Restore" on both of them and tap "transfer" inside the app, and follow the steps
EDIT : there are a lot of apps with this name on the store, the one I used and worked perfectly was this one https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=fr
Though I had to leave the stock sms app open for a while since it was caching the over-20000 SMS I got over years and just transfered. The app was unresponsive, I was a bit worried that it wasn't working but I left it open and got out a bit, and when I came back it was working perfectly :) .
look into the nexus root toolkit, I've been using it for years and its awesome.
first things first, backup anything on your internal storage...pics, music, videos, and any files. transfer them to your PC.
also backup your SMS messages with sms backup and restore app and move that file to the PC as well.
hook up your phone and follow the steps on the root toolkit (NRT)
use the backup option in the NRT...in my experience, it does a fairly good job at getting your apps and data backed up but not 100%....and without this, I'm not sure the best way to get EVERYTHING backed up without root.
unlock the bootloader (this wipes EVERYTHING, so make sure you have backed up what you need backed up)
use the Root option on the NRT to root the phone...your decision whether you want to flash a custom recovery or not...I say don't do it unless you are going to flash ROM's.
after that, restore the backup through the NRT, move files back to the phone, use the SMS backup and restore app to restore your SMS messages and you should be good to go now.
I'd say try grabbing SMS Backup and Restore, backing up all SMS and MMS, and then delete /data/app/com.android.provider.telephony/smsmms.db. Then reboot and you will have a clean SMS database, which you can restore your messages into using that app
No. This app can back up your texts. There's no such app that can backup all of your data because each app saves its data in its own format. Not all apps save your data locally, though, so for some of them, you don't have to back anything up.
Hey! Made the same M7 -> 3T switch here.
For contacts, I just have them synced on my Google account, so they naturally synced over on the 3T.
For call logs and SMS, I used SMS Backup & Restore, this app has never let me down: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
For apps, I chose to reinstall them manually in order to filter unwanted/unneeded/unused apps. Unfortunately, you can't really transfer apps and their data without root access on both devices. Some apps have their content synced or have the option to export and import data, so you probably won't lose everything.
There are some apps that transfer the APKs from one phone to another, can be useful, but IMO unless you are short on Internet access, it's better to re-download them from the Play Store.
For folders and files, I've used SHAREit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lenovo.anyshare.gps
It basically uses a Wi-Fi hotspot to transfer files between the devices at great speeds.
Unfortunately, Android lacks an all-in-one solution, especially for apps data (there is a solution but it is not implemented in all apps, as some prefer to use their own servers for sync).
Funny was just doing this. I like SMS backup & restore https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
Call Logs and Texts don't get backed up to Google Drive. These are the only items that do get backed up.
*Google Calendar settings
*Wi-Fi networks & passwords
*Home screen wallpapers
*Apps installed through Google Play (backed up on the Play Store app)
*Display settings (Brightness & Sleep)
*Language & Input settings
*Date & Time
*Third-party app settings & data (varies by app)
you'll need a 3rd party app to backup text and call logs like
You have to use an app like SMS Backup and Restore
Well, a lot of stuff is backed up via the Google account on your device. Games are allowed to sync data via Google Play Games. Most other apps I use that have data I want to keep or backup have a Google account attached sync option. The one thing that isn't really easy to restore via Google account in my experience is SMS. Backing that up is a little bit different depending on the SMS app you use. Many use the default SMS storage for it, but others, like Textra do not. You can use (this app)[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore] to backup and restore SMS.
Android now has a better app backup solution that developers can tie into if they want to as well, but I haven't messed with it much, since I only just got my Pixel myself and before I was using custom ROMs that didn't support it properly. You can see what apps are using Android's new backup scheme and the time of the last backup in Settings > Backup and Restore > Backup > Apps. The backup section there for me says SMS: Waiting to Back Up, so I don't know if it will back up SMS or not.
I would recommend the app sms backup and restore instead: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
You have to do an extra step of transferring the backup file to your new phone, but it's the most complete message backup I've experienced on android. I think pictures may or may not transfer with the built-in method.
Yes, but backups are automatically done by Google to restore apps and some app data. Also, plenty of apps in the app store to backup texts, call logs, wifi info, etc. I personally use this one. I save that and a nova launcher backup file to my sd card. Wiped the whole thing, flash the ROM, restore your backup (it will ask you to restore the cloud backup made during the phone setup), and then off you go.
after you use the app to backup your messages, head to:
this will set the app back to its default settings and clear cache that may be causing the app issues. you'll have to set up any custom notification tones, message tones, vibrate settings, contact colors ect....but it SHOULD clear up any issues you are having with crashes.
Sure, only need connect the USB Cable to your Mac/PC and copy your pictures, videos, etc. And for SMS backup/restore I use this app.
Ah alright that makes sense, awesome I'll try this out. And I guess if anyone else needs help with this in the future, I found instructions for exporting here.
Edit: Yeah this worked. I used the above instructions to export the SMS messages to an xml file, then user SMS Backup and Restore to restore the messages from the local xml file. Thanks for your help!
Have you tried Sms backup and restore? I only use it to backup my messages and upload them to google drive incase I brick/break or lose my phone, but it has an option to delete all messages on phone.
If you're looking to just delete message history with one person, you can backup all texts, wipe all, and then do a selective restore which that app can do and select all threads but the one you want.
That "R" thing is roaming. Try disabling it in settings. If that doesn't work, try deleting /data/data/com.android.providers.telephony and rebooting (this will delete your texts and call logs, use this if you want to keep them).
That being said, it's an unofficial version. Contact the ROM creator.
There's some apps that do it. I've used this one https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
First of all, welcome to /r/androidhelp!
Now, for your problem:
Your SMS and MMS can be backed up
For App Data, use Titanium Backup. Accounts and etc... you'll have to re-enter sadly.
For Factory reset, you'll have to unroot yourself, as per the the reset, here's some instructions, it basically wipes your /data/ partition, that's as close to the out-of-the-box settings it can. If you removed or changed files in /system/ they'll remain changed.
There have been reports of sometimes it taking a while for a new device to find an update. Something about rolling releases? If you're impatient though, install the OTA by flashing it directly (if you have an unlocked bootloader, that is.
SuperSU is still the recommended one if your ROM doesn't come with it. Cyanogenmod has one builtin, Google's Stock Rom doesn't. So you need SuperSU. Here's the latest DEV version and Stable version
You can safely backup your SMS, Google keeps track of your contacts, calendar, apps, etc... Just make sure that, when you re-initiate your device you choose to restore the previously installed apps!
Let me know if I missed anything (Probably did, big list!)
Inside the application -> Overflow menu (Three buttons) -> Blocked Contacts.
If that can't solve it, then you might look at:
SMS backup & restore
back up your texts
Delete local data for the Messaging App (this will clear all preferences and data), backup messages first.
What "message print app".
SMS Backup can export SMS into .xml files, so options are limitless... but depends if your grandpa needs to be able to do it all by himself.
Backup what you can. Then hope for the best. You can use this.
I recommend just going to CyanogenMod 13 though. I can help you install it.
This is what I use for SMS Backup. It does have backup scheduling -- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
Are you able to get into the Play Store? If so, download https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestoreNetworkAddon to backup all your SMS/MMS/Call Logs to Google Drive or Dropbox; which cache files do you need?
Another option is SMS Backup & Restore. Been using them for a year or so and it's been pretty good. I have them set to backup my SMS, MMS and call log every night at 3am to my SD card and Google Drive, removing any logs over 7 days old. They can upload to Dropbox, too, if you want. Saved my butt a few months back when my LG G4 bootlooped and I had to replace my phone.
Would backing up, changing default SMS app, and restoring work?
Check out SMS Backup and Restore for your sms. It will create a fill with all of your sms/mms. Then transfer that file to your 5X, install the same app on it, and then restore all your messages there.
For music and pictures, you can just put those on your computer (micro usb cable). Keep in mind, though, that the 5X doesn't come with a USB-C (phone) to USB-A (standard on PCs) cable. If you want to transfer files from your computer with a cable, you'll need to buy one. Search on this sub for cable recommendations -- many people like Anker and iOrange-E.
I have no issues.
as for the backup/restore....its kinda a crapshoot.
anything google related will backup/restore just fine.
other apps have the ability to backup/restore...you can see those apps in your google drive (open the drive app, settings, manage backup. this lists the apps that will auto backup/restore)
any app not listed there has to backed up/restored some other way. some allow google sign in, some facebook sign in, some a physical file on your device.
move all you necessary file over from the phone to a PC, then back over to the new phone.
I personally use google photos for picture/video backup because its seamless, amazing, and free.
SMS/mms can be backed up using an app like sms backup and restore i just move the file back and forth or upload it to drive, then re-download it....its simple, fast, and works great in my experience. I believe it now does the recent calls list as well.
if you have other questions, let me know.
Ok, first you need to install <code>adb</code>. If you've got access to a Mac or Linux box it'll be a bit easier, Windows can be a bit of a pain for stuff like this.
Once you've got it installed you'll need to enable developer options and then turn on USB debugging on both the phones.
Once that's done, plug in the old phone, you may get a popup on the phone asking if you want to allow access, click ok. Then open command prompt and run adb devices, if you've done everything correctly so far you it should list a device.
If it does then you can run adb backup -apk -shared -all. Once that's finished you should have a file called backup.ab. This has all of the data in it. then you need to swap over the phones and run adb restore backup.ab. This should copy over all the data.
adb backup -apk -shared -all
adb restore backup.ab
If you get stuck there's a detailed guide here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-nexus/general/guide-phone-backup-unlock-root-t1420351
This won't do SMS and call logs btw. If you want to do that too try installing SMS Backup & Restore on both phones. Do a backup through that app on the old phone before you migrate all the data. Then once you've ran through all the steps above you should be able to restore them through the app on the new phone.
I believe it exports your text to xml. Transfer it to your pc and delete any texts you don't want.
This app always worked well for me
Another app, and one I personally use and love is SMS Backup & Restore. This one can backup to both Dropbox and Google Drive, in addition to E-mail. You can setup automatic scheduled backups that also upload to Dropbox and Google Drive at the end of it, as well. This app has been extremely helpful for restoring my conversations between factory resets/device switches. Almost like Hangouts message history, although you do have to restore the conversations first on the other device of course.
I use Google Photos to backup all my photos and videos and SMS backup and restore to back up my messages.
All apps were re-downloaded through the Play Store
And if you want to sync with Dropbox or Google Drive, use this addon:
Excellent! They must have been backed up by Google. I'm happy for you. It would be a good idea for you to confirm the process by which they are backed up so that you can be worry-free in future. Also look into a third party app so you can save copies for yourself. I have been using SMS Backup and Restore, setting it to automatically backup to a Dropbox folder so that if the phone is damaged, I'll still have the texts online. Those files it saves can then be used to put the texts back on the phone after a reinstallation of the operating system.
The app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
You can use SMS Backup & Restore to backup text messages. Pictures and videos can be backed up to a computer. The only hassle is having to reinstall apps.
Sms backup and restore https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
For SMS, I have used SMS Backup & Restore by Carbonite ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en )
It worked great at backing up and restoring all of my SMS messages.
Give this a try but do not touch anything until it is completely finished deleting all.
Us an SD card
Besides that, Google should backup your contacts. For text messages you can also use an app that backs up SMS messages. I've used this one a lot https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
What do you want to backup?
For contacts, go to settings > export contacts to SD card. Your contacts may already be backed up if they sync with Google however. You can check this by going to contacts.google.com and seeing if they are present.
For SMS, download this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
For whatsapp, go into settings > backup and select Google Drive backup.
For photos and files, just drag and drop them to your PC using a USB cable.
make sure your contacts are on https://contacts.google.com. They should be, but if they aren't you might need to go into your contacts and export them. I'm not exactly what steps that entails, but it is something you could figure out
Use this to migrate your texts: SMS Backup & Restore
If you want to transfer your text messages, check out SMS Backup & Restore
Whatsapp messages -- I don't use this app, but these are text messages, right? If so, you can migrate using this app.
apps -- Google Play retains a record of your purchases and installations. Open the Play Store, access the side menu, then go to "My apps & games" and then tap "all." That will give you a list you can install from.
data -- If you mean pics, music files, etc., you can upload to the cloud and then download again or just use a computer to drag-and-drop them off your old phone and on to your new one. If you mean app data (like progress on a game, or setting in an app) then there is no good way to do this easily, that I am aware of.
contacts, bookmarks -- /u/TheJerdle has you covered here.
Contacts: As long as they are synced to your gmail, they will download to the 6P.
You can use this to backup your texts: SMS Backup and Restore
Give this a try SMSBackupRestore
From the Textra website:
How to backup my messages
← Knowledge Base
Textra automatically inserts a copy of all messages into the stock Android messaging database.
Thus you can backup the stock Android messaging database using any number of apps that do this from the Google Play store. We recommend SMS Backup & Restore
Resync from Textra > Settings > About > Resync
Oh crap. Sounds like the message was corrupt or something, and in the process, messed up the rest of the stored messages. I'd try using an app like SMS Backup and Restore, which saves the conversations in an XML file I believe. From there you might be able to remove your sister's message.
I haven't used the app, but try backing up again whatever you have atm and try restoring from the first backup again.
If it doesn't work, you can also try restoring with SMS Backup & Restore. It also uses xml and is pretty reliable too.
Edit: I should have asked this first, but is it an error when restoring, or what specifically is the problem?
I've used this app, and it works great. Saves it all to 2 XML files, which can then be saved onto a PC or, if I remember right, onto Dropbox.
wrong sub try r/android but i use sms backup which will back it up to your google account. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
Hands down one of my favourite apps, I've been using it for a year or so and it has seen me through multiple factory resets/loaner phones!
There's several apps that backup SMS/MMS (as other commenters have mentioned). Personally I use SMS Backup & Restore, which has worked well and can automatically sync to Google Drive.
For texts use SMS Backup & Restore
For files I would just use a computer, connect the S4 and copy the files to your hard drive. Then connect the S6 and copy the files over to that. I think Samsung also makes a program called Smart Switch that you can use to transfer stuff.
Does MMS messages too, it's in the screenshots.
SMS Backup & Restore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore) is my go to app for this kind of thing.
I make the backup, copy it to my computer, and restore after I finish unnecessarily tinkering with my phone.
Happy to help! Oh and one more thing. I've used this app in the past to backup and restore my text messages. I haven't use it in a couple years, but it looks like the developer is still actively updating it.
sms backup and restore
SMS Backup and Restore.
Because I need to keep those important 3am messages like "Where dat booty at"?
One possibility for your issue - You might have a corrupt database file for the messaging app.
Your main database that stores the messages is the default messaging app. The stock Messaging.apk stores in .db files IIRC, unless it's changed recently. I recommend that you back up any texts you want using a sms backup app, like SMS Backup and Restore.
Then, go to settings, apps, find the stock messaging app with the green smiley face icon, hit clear data. Doing this will delete and remove all texts from your device, as the messaging .db is cleared. Try checking if your texts get saved after that.
I've noticed the messaging db is likely to get corrupted after you've gotten thousands of texts stored and haven't done a good job deleting and purging the large threads. Either that, or the internal memory of your phone is going bad (unlikely, but possible) and not saving stuff correctly. You'd notice this with other apps as well.
For contacts - hit the three dots menu button, and Export. Copy the file to your external SD card, Google Drive, your PC, Dropbox, whatever.
Texts: use this app
Pictures - I did not lose mine after flashing, but just in case, copy them to your PC, or top Google Drive, Dropbox, external SD. Copy them back when you've finished.
To do it, you'll need to install the Samsung mobile drivers, and get Odin. Turn on USB debugging, and use Odin to flash TWRP custom recovery (https://twrp.me/). Get the Cyanogenmod nightlies, and copy them to your phone. Backup in TWRP, then hit Wipe and do a Factory Reset. Then flash away!
The process is explained in more detail here but they overcomplicate it. Use Odin instead of Heimdall (easier to set up), and you can just drag and drop with PC (or download CM from your phone) instead of adb.
I absolutely love Cyanogenmod, and I will never be going back to TouchWiz. (My next phone will probably be a nexus anyways)/
Use SMS Backup & Restore (free) to save all your text messages (including MMS). You can even save individual conversations separately too if you want, all sorts of features.
If you want to have multiple backups from multiple sources, then I'd also suggest backing up with these apps as well: Txtract ($1.49) and MyBackupPro ($4.99). But that's overkill since SMS Backup & Restore works great and is well known too (as these are).
Is this the app? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
Look at it this way, there are lots of people who use the same two-way verification you use, and none of them had any problems.
Factory resetting a phone is nothing to worry about. Just as long as you've double checked if everything is synced to your Google account.
Everything that isn't synced to your account you might want to back up to some sort of cloud service or just connect your phone to your pc directly and copy it over that way. (I'm talking about media you decided not to auto-backup to Google or any other cloud service)
So all that is left are your texts and game-saves. Your texts you can also backup with numerous different apps, the one I use being, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en
And your game-saves all depend on which game it is and how the developer handled it. Most games nowadays save to your Google Play Games account instantly so no worries there, but there are a few that don't.
If you use a third party launcher (like Nova) just save your setup and backup to a cloud service so you will get your setup back to what it used to be instantly.
All your browser passwords should be saved by Chrome but you might want to get an app like Lastpass or Keepass to make saving them even more easier.
The best solution for test messages and call logs I've found are SMS Backup & Restore and Call Logs Backup & Restore by Ritesh Sahu. Been using these for a long time and I still have text messages from 2009 on my N5.
If you are rooted there are way more options.
Anything synced to your Google Account (mainly contacts and calendar entries) will sync to your new device just fine.
Anything stored locally on your device (including text messages, call logs, and any photos not uploaded to Google Photos) will not automatically sync over.
SMS Backup & Restore is a must-have for my Android phones, as is the similar Call Logs Backup & Restore
Photos and stuff I just manually copy over onto a computer
For texts, try and backup from Google play. Download the app on both phones and then transfer the file from the old one to the new one and use the app to restore.
Not sure about Whatsapp, but I use SMS Backup & Restore (Google Play Store link) to move my SMS messages between phones. It creates an XML file that you can save to your sd card or upload to Drive/Dropbox/etc and then restore to another phone.
This app with this plugin will back your text messages up to the cloud (gDrive, Dropbox, box.net) and restore from the cloud as well.
I've used SMS Backup & Restore several times to backup and restore my text messages and it's always worked perfectly for me.
Have you tried SMS Backup and Restore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore ?
I've used it a lot switching phones and I've never had an issue with losing any messages. It even has an option for MMS backup as well so you don't lose your pictures.
I use SMS Backup & Restore for SMS backups which also has an add-on to upload it to Dropbox, Google Drive, or send it to an email.
It will not backup app data, text/sms logs, call logs, or contacts saved to the phone (Google contacts should sync just fine)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore should help with the SMS backup, but for app data, you'll either need to root and use Titanium Backup, or back up app data individually through whatever solution that app offers. If it doesn't offer backup, then you're out of luck.
Out of everything mentioned here, SMS Backup & Restore and/or Txtract are better options.
Not photos, but SMS Backup & Restore and Call Logs Backup & Restore are very useful. Combine them with Autosync for Google Drive and you can recover nearly everything in the event you lose your phone.
I haven't tried this but it seems well reviewed and after reading the FAQ, I couldn't find any mention of needing root. Process seems a little more manual than some might like, but if I were in your shoes, I'd try it. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I use SMS Backup & Restore to dump all my old texts, delete all, then restore only since a certain date. Never had a problem.
It'll save your texts in .XML format.
Edit: bot got the wrong link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
if it's SMS (text message):
if its something else like kik, or What'sApp, ¯(°_o)/¯
edit: didnt see screenshot, sorry
Was tap to go supposed to get text messages?
I ended up using this app
Haven't' found any problems yet.
But nearly nothing came over from the tap to go or the samsung smart transfer app.
just my apps, no settings, no logins, no call log, no sms, no pics, no wallpapers, no ringtones.
All you have to do is to take your SIM out of the S3 and install it in the N5. That will move the phone number and service over. A SIM swap won't transfer your text message history, so you should use something like SMS Backup and Restore to move your texts to the new phone. Tell your sister that an upgrade is only when you buy the phone subsidized or on an installment plan from AT&T. If you buy a phone outright from somewhere else(like Swappa), it's not an upgrade in the mind of AT&T.
No root. Android has a reputation of being versatile for a reason.
Can I backup my text messages into a single archive on a schedule?
Can I convert xml backups from "SMS Backup & Restore" to your apps format?
If not, those are my feature suggestions. I've been looking for a good alternate to SMS Backup for a while.
You can sync a lot of this through Google (like your contacts, apps, etc).
Then there are 3rd party programs you could use to backup your text messages, I highly recommend SMS Backup & Restore. It's free and a great one.
You can backup app data (which most app data doesn't get backed up right now) with apps such as either Titanium Backup or Helium. So make sure you do that too. This is usually really useful for games, since not all games sync your progress. For example Boom Beach does, however Angry Birds Transformers does not.
As always, just double or triple check you've backed up everything or even use multiple apps to do so.
Also SMS Backup & Restore (MMS supported too) which is a bit more popular than the other mentioned. Some other worthful mentions would be Txtract and MyBackup Pro.
I use SMS Backup & Restore. I believe it copies your texts into an XML file and restores from that XML file. I've done a few restores with it and it works.
Nope. But afaik sim card can store "some" text messages but surly not all. btw There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who make backups, and those who will. I really recommend this app for auto daily sms backups. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I used SMS backup and restore
For texts, I'd recommend using SMS backup and restore. It also uploads it to a chosen cloud storage for you too. I've kept my SMS since my first android phone on 2012.
Use this one. Has google drive functionality as well as local backup. Scheduled backup is a plus (I set that up as daily backup at 3AM) . I moved more than 5K message (it was impossible to check every single sms) .Didn't see any missing text.
Try using a different utility for this, I recommend SMS Backup Restore
It literally gives you a .xml file you can transfer inbetween phones no problem!
Edit : Formatting
The bot didn't link anything. Is this the app you were talking about?
Backup on Android is a fickly topic. Yesterday I did the following:
For all other apps you have to do some research, each app has its unique procedure. Most apps offer some kind of backup to your google account but somehow I don't fully trust it. If an app pops up in the list of backupped apps then after a factory reset it should be auto-downloaded amd its settings should be restored.
My biggest "problem" with the autobackup was whatsapp. It offers its own autobackup to google drive so I thought it should easily work. But there is also the backup to your google acount... what happened in my case: i did a backup to google drive and also activated synchronization to my google account. after reset and restart it installed whatsapp but it was not able to find the backup on google drive. tje only way to force it to find it's own backup is to uninstall and reinstall whatsapp. somehow after doing this the backup on g drive was found and installed and everything was fine. long story short: do your own research on backup procedures with whatsapp.
tldr: backup all the data is a bit of a hassle but in my case it was worth it!
edit: warning: the fhrst restart took about 15 to 20 minutes. don't be afraid, you just have to wait until it's done.
The only thing you really care about are the annoying things like text messages and call logs, well for me more text messages.
Other stuff you can copy across by plugging it into a computer.
If you haven't rooted your phone thats as best as you'll get to my knowledge. When you replace your phone and sign back in with your google account the apps you previously had will download again, wifi profiles will return, etc.
If you happen to have rooted your phone then look up titanium backup https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.keramidas.TitaniumBackup&hl=en which will (assuming you copied off the backups) almost allow you to run over your current phone, get a new one, install titanium backup, copy the backed up data to the phone and restore everything to the last time you backed up.
Back up your conversations with this and delete the thread. There's no need to have a thread with thousands of messages.
Assuming OP is using a modern handset, it should.
Just like you can factory reset the device to remove them all.
years ago, they'd be stored carrier side, or on the SIM, but that's not been the case for a long time.
It should be in some place like data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db
Alternately, if OP doesn't have access to purge the data via the file system, a tool like https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore&hl=en should help
Tried backing up, deleting texts and then restore them? SMS Backup & Restore does the job.