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    Default Where are SMS messages stored?

    Does anyone know the directory where messages are stored when I plug my DInc2 in as a hard drive?

    My wife needs to have the thread (i.e. about 30-40 back and forth texts) from an SMS conversation with someone that she can copy/paste into a word processor.

    Thank you
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    To my knowledge they are stored on the devices internal memory under app/data which requires root access. Then I'm not sure if they are even in a readable format, they may have to be coded to read.



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    Crud, I was afraid of that, thanks for the info.
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    You could try a SMS backup app. This is the one I use but I have not tried to do that with it

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...Jlc3RvcmUiXQ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by lt thistle View Post
    You could try a SMS backup app. This is the one I use but I have not tried to do that with it

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...Jlc3RvcmUiXQ..

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    +1 on this.. SMS Backup & Restore does give you the option to selectively restore certain messages, etc.. Its a very handy little app... Not sure if its going to accomplish what you need but its worth giving a spin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lt thistle View Post
    You could try a SMS backup app. This is the one I use but I have not tried to do that with it

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...Jlc3RvcmUiXQ..

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    I downloaded this app & it does exactly what I need. Thanks!
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    Glad to help

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    Glad you accomplished what you needed. Just for informational purposes, sms and mms messages are stored in:


    data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db
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    Can I wipe all my text messages from the file structure? My phone is not rooted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deputydog95 View Post
    Can I wipe all my text messages from the file structure? My phone is not rooted.
    As far as I'm aware, if you're not rooted, you won't have direct access to that directory or any of the files.
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    If I want to remove that DB, can I root without losing anything on my phone? Is is possible to access that to flush it on my Nexus 4?
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    Get an app called sms backup restore.

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    I've always used SMS Backup +, backs up to gmail and can restore as well. Word of caution though, I tried to backup my SMS's when I switched phones, and for some reason messages won't restore on my Moto X w/4.4
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    Is there a way of accessing the text message folder and retrieving old text messages on a GS4 that has no usable touch screen (shattered), and then transferring to new GS4?
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    It does not start with data/data it starts with Android/data
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    Found it. How can I explore the database?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Graham2 View Post
    It does not start with data/data it starts with Android/data
    Found it. How can I explore the database?
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    I have exactly the same need. Where in the Android/data folder are the text messages from the phone? Thx.
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    my android is rooted and I removed the sd to scan for deleted texts. the first folder is 'Android', but it has a sub folder named 'data'. after that, however, everything is named either cc.something or com.something...no additional sub folders for data :/ I was able to retrieve all the old photos though...not sure why no texts!
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    Absolutely works!!!! +1 on this

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