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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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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    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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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    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..

    Sent from my Transformer Prime TF201 using Tapatalk
    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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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    Can I wipe all my text messages from the file structure? My phone is not rooted.
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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    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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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    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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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    Get an app called sms backup restore.

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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    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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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    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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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    It does not start with data/data it starts with Android/data
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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    Found it. How can I explore the database?

    Sent from my SM-N910T
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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    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?
    Sent from my SM-N910T
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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    I have exactly the same need. Where in the Android/data folder are the text messages from the phone? Thx.
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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    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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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    My only question is where can I get my deleted pictures or messages I've recieved on my Samsung. I'm not sure where to look to acess my sms or SIM card, whatever it involves if anyone can help me with that, that'd be great.


    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron352 View Post
    My only question is where can I get my deleted pictures or messages I've recieved on my Samsung. I'm not sure where to look to acess my sms or SIM card, whatever it involves if anyone can help me with that, that'd be great.


    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
    Root the phone. Then look in root folder
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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    If you have your database file on hands, you can use something like https://www.dbvis.com/ which is quite powerful tool. There free alternatives but i find this one convenient for me. Or you can use somthing like DB Browser for SQLite (very generic but free)
    For those who got their phones busted, shattered screen - replacing screen would probably be cheapest way to do it, as alternatives are more complex and costly.
    You can also get some of the Forensic Linux distributions that are packed with free tools:

    1. Kali Linux (28)
    Kali Linux (formerly known as BackTrack) is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. It features timely security updates, support for the ARM architecture, a choice of four popular desktop environments, and seamless upgrades to newer versions.

    2. BlackArch Linux (44)
    BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers. It is supplied as a live DVD image that comes with several lightweight window managers, including Fluxbox, Openbox, Awesome and spectrwm. It ships with over a thousand specialist tools for penetration testing and forensic analysis.

    3. Parrot Security OS (46)
    Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy, anonymity and cryptography. The product, developed by Frozenbox, comes with MATE as the default desktop environment.

    4. BackBox Linux (67)
    BackBox Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. It is designed to be fast and easy to use. It provides a minimal yet complete desktop environment, thanks to its own software repositories, which are always updated to the latest stable versions of the most often used and best-known ethical hacking tools.

    5. CAINE (134)
    CAINE (Computer Aided INvestigative Environment) is an Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux live distribution created as a project of digital forensics. It offers a complete forensic environment that is organised to integrate existing software tools as software modules and to provide a friendly graphical interface. The main design objectives that CAINE aims to guarantee are: an interoperable environment that supports the digital investigator during the four phases of the digital investigation, a user-friendly graphical interface, and a semi-automated compilation of the final report.

    6. URIX OS (191)
    URIX OS (formerly NetSecL) is a security-focused distribution and live DVD based on openSUSE. To improve the security aspect of the distribution, servers have been removed, incoming ports closed and services turned off. Additionally, several penetration tools have been included.

    7. DEFT
    DEFT (Digital Evidence & Forensic Toolkit) is a customised distribution of the Ubuntu live Linux CD. It is an easy-to-use system that includes excellent hardware detection and some of the best open-source applications dedicated to incident response and computer forensics.

    8. HELIX
    Helix is a customised distribution based on Ubuntu with excellent hardware detection and many applications dedicated to incident response and forensics.

    You can check my facebook page, i post many pictures from cell phone data recovery cases, including CHIP-OFF's which will give you full image of the internal nand memory chip including system folders aka root folders, even if no root was applied to a phone. Fun stuff. search "qubex data recovery" on facebook or just click this link https://www.facebook.com/Qubex-Denve...3541326020759/

    Added: Perhaps you may want to see where you can get all those linux distributions, so here it is: https://distrowatch.com/ this is by far the best portal for someone who is looking for ANY Linux distro.

    Also, here: http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/PubsSPs.html some publications and guidelines for forensics stuff. Official NIST documents.
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    Default Re: Where are SMS messages stored?

    Really works!!!! Thanks!

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