1. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    My father passed away last week and I want to save text conversations and phone logs to a Windows 10 PC before canceling his cell service and retiring his phone. Just moving to Android (S20 5G FE) myself, I have no idea what's the best way to do that.

    His phone is on Android 8.1.0, an LG Stylo 4. I installed an app to do it but it only offers backups to One Drive, Drop Box, GMail (iirc) or SD card. He had none of those. So I would prefer not to take any of those paths, particularly without knowing if the saves were even usable on a PC.

    How can I do this, preferably via USB to the PC and preferably for free? The saves need to be human readable; I only mention that because I recall from a distant past, extracting text conversations from a Windows phone and the date/time stamps were the seconds from some fixed earliest start date.
    03-01-2021 08:42 AM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    I'm sorry for your loss

    Maybe try sms back up from play store ?
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    03-01-2021 09:08 AM
  3. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    I'm sorry for your loss

    Maybe try sms back up from play store ?
    Thanks.

    The one I mentioned that doesn't work with his current phone and accounts was SMS Backup and Restore. I see another with the name you suggest and will try it.

    Update: That worked. Thanks again.

    Now to figure out phone logs.
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    03-01-2021 09:47 AM
  4. mustang7757's Avatar
    Thanks.

    The one I mentioned that doesn't work with his current phone and accounts was SMS Backup and Restore. I see another with the name you suggest and will try it.

    Update: That worked. Thanks again.

    Now to figure out phone logs.
    Phone logs not sure , Your welcome!
    03-01-2021 10:03 AM
  5. ManiacJoe's Avatar
    SMS Backup and Restore does call logs, too.
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    03-06-2021 05:26 AM
  6. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    SMS Backup and Restore does call logs, too.
    Thanks. Call log was very short so just screen printed. I only wanted them for the almost non-existent chance they might be useful for attorneys working for the estate.

    But that was the app I tried first and it did not have a way to save either without going thru Google or some other service that wasn't set up.
    03-06-2021 09:39 AM
  7. ManiacJoe's Avatar
    The backup app does allow for saving the files (XML format) to the local phone storage, while it does try hard to have you pick somewhere else.
    03-07-2021 01:15 AM

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