Backing up your text messages from your Android phone to your Gmail account is so simple there’s no reason to not back them up and make them search-friendly in the process. Read on to see how you can turn your Gmail account into an SMS vault.
It’s easy to lose your text messages. Everything from switching phones to fumble fingers can drop your messages in front of the digital reaper—just last night you managed to accidently delete a massive SMS thread when you really only intended to delete a single message that refused to send.
Backing up your SMS messages to your Gmail account is so simple, however, there’s no good reason not to do it. For this tutorial you’ll need three things:
- Your Android phone
- A free copy of SMS backup+
- A Gmail account
If it all ready, we can start the procedure:
SMS Backup+ requires IMAP access to your Gmail account to function. Let’s take a moment and hop over to the Gmail account we’re planning on using with the application and check the status. Login to your Gmail account and navigate to Settings –> Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Check Enable IMAP. Scroll down and click Save Changes. That’s the only configuration you’ll need to do within your Gmail account.
With our Gmail account IMAP features toggled on, it’s time to install SMS Backup+. Hit up the Google Play Store and download the app. After the application is installed, it’s time to get configuring. Launch the application. The first screen you’ll see will look like the following:
Step 1: Set up the connection to your Gmail account. Tap Connect. The default browser on your Android phone will launch and you’ll be prompted to login to the Gmail account you want to use for backing up your messages. After you login you’ll need to authorize SMS Backup+ to utilize your Google account like so:
- Click Grant Access. You’ll be prompted to begin a backup immediately or skip the initial backup.
- Click Backup, we did not come all this way not to back things up! If you hit Skip then all the messages on your phone will be flagged as already backed up and will be ignored.
Step 2: The backup process will start, and depending on how many messages you have, will take anywhere from a minute to a half hour to complete. It clips along at about a message per second. You don’t even have to wait until the process is finished to jump over to the Gmail account and check the progress.
Step 3: Login to your Gmail account from a web browser. You’ll see a new label in the sidebar, SMS. Click it.
Success! SMS Backup+ automatically backs up your SMS messages as well as your MMS messages. Not only are all of our text messages there but the pictures we’ve sent back and forth are backup up to Gmail along with the messages. Now that we’ve got everything humming along, let’s look at some advanced options.