Your switching to a new device or you just want to save those important text conversations back and forth, you turn to SMS Backup & Restore. This application has been around now since I came onto the Android scene back over 3 years ago and is still in my opinion the best when it comes to accomplishing this task. The developer continually updates the app to stay in tune and even has provided contact & log reporting from within the app. The best part about the application is there is no need for rooting of your device!
As you can see from the shot above its a very plain and simple menu. No confusing options here
Performing a Backup
You are given two options. You can use the app's default location or pick one of your own. As seen in the picture it shows the set PATH.
Setting your own Backup File Name
Self explanatory, you can use the provided date/time stamp filename or create your own.
Completed Backup Process
You will get a completed screen showing the total number of messages/contacts saved and if there was any errors reported.
Restore a Backup
You will be shown the PATH and any backup's you have to choose from. More options are available, we will discuss this later.
Basic Restore Options
As shown you can restore everything on the file or you can choose a specific time frame to restore. Very handy.
Duplicate Check Option during Restore
This will do as it says and check for duplicates on restore. Helps keep your device neat and clean if your restoring over existing text messages.
Just like performing a backup, on completion of restoring you will get a total count and if any failed during the process.
Help, Preferences, Send a File, Contact Dev & Log Report " Menu "
Entering this menu is done from the Main Screen, using your Menu key or the " 3 Dot " menu option in the upper right hand corner. We will focus on the Preferences option.
Additional key preferences available such as option to backup to Google Drive, DropBox or Email a copy. There is also password protection to the files along with scheduled backup process. These are just a few of the options available.
Overall the application does the job and does it very efficiently. With options like backup to Google Drive or Dropbox this makes things even easier when swapping devices or in the event of a factory reset and worrying about losing your backup. The program has come a long way since its creation and the developer keeps in touch with the latest things such as use of cloud or external site services. This program is free and even has an option to disable in-app advertisements! It is also available in a Pro version with extra goodies.
Please note this app ONLY works for text ( SMS ) messages. MMS messages are NOT supported, most likely to avoid various media format conflicts if I had to guess.