Due to limited storage, it is not practical to continue storing all your SMS/MMS Messages on your Android Phone. You will find below the steps to Backup Text Messages on your Android Phone to your Gmail Account.
Backup Text Messages On Android Phone to Gmail
While there are many apps that can Backup SMS Messages on your Android Phone, we are using SMS Backup+ App, as it works well with Gmail and transfers Text Messages in a proper readable format, unlike other apps that use the XML format to Backup Android Text Messages.
The procedure to Backup of Text Messages on your Android Phone to your Gmail Account can be broken into the following steps.
- You must first Enable IMAP in your Gmail Account.
- Download and Install SMS Backup+ App On your Android Phone or Tablet
- Transfer SMS Messages From Your Android Phone to your Gmail Account
1. Enable IMAP On Your Google Account
SMS Backup+ requires IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) in order access your Gmail Account via a remote mail server. Hence, the first step would be to enable IMAP access in your Gmail Account.
Note: During out testing we were able to backup Text Messages without enabling IMAP on our Gmail Account. However, the App Developer recommends enabling IMAP before Backing up Text Messages.
1. Sign-in to your Gmail Account using a desktop computer.
2. Once you are in your Gmail Account, Click on the Gear icon located in the top right corner of your screen.
3. From the Menu Click on Settings.
4. Click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP link located at the top of your screen.
5. Now, click on the little circle next to Enable IMAP
6. After ticking Enable IMAP, go down the page and click on Save
You will see the Status of IMAP Settings turning to IMAP is Enabled in Green Letters (just as you can see in above image for POP is Enabled).
2. Install SMS Backup+ On Your Android Phone
After enabling IMAP on your Gmail Account, you need to get back to your Phone in order to install SMS Backup+ App on your Android Phone.
1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android Device and search for SMS Backup+ an app by Jan Berkel (See image below)
2. Once you find the App, tap on Install.
3. On the next screen, go through the list of services that SMS Backup+ wants to access on your phone and tap on Agree in case you agree to the terms.
Note: The app uses proper authorization procedures (OAuth) and allows you to block access at any time from your Gmail Account settings.
3. Backup Text Messages to Your Gmail Account
1. Open the SMS Backup+ App on your Android Phone.
2. After the App opens, you will see an information screen providing information about SMS Backup+ app, tap on OK to exit this screen
3. Next, tap on the little box next to Tap to Connect your Gmail Account (See image below)
4. On the next screen you will be asked to select a Google Account that you want to use for backups. Enter your Gmail Account and tap on it (See image below)
5. Next, you will see a popup on your Android Phone informing you that SMS BackUp+ app wants access to your Gmail Account.
Tap on Allow to authorize SMS Backup+ to make use of your Gmail Account to store SMS Backups from your Android Phone.
6. Next, you will see the ‘First backup’ screen, providing you with the option to Backup all Text Messages on your Android Phone. Tap on Backup. to start the Backup process (See image below)
7. SMS Backup+ App will start the process of Backing up SMS Messages on your Android Phone to your Gmail Account. The time to complete the backup will depend on the number of Text Messages on your Android Phone.
8. After the Backup is completed, login to your Gmail Account.
You will find all the SMS Messages from your Android Phone saved to a new folder titled ‘SMS’. As mentioned above, the Backed Up Text Messages will be in a Readable Format.