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How to set up messages backup and restore on Android

All of us make mistakes and there are instances when we might have deleted a text or two before realizing that it was actually an important one. That could happen when you were deleting messages in bulk, reset your phone or unfortunately lost your phone.

Whatever your case may be, you might be looking for a solution to recover text messages on your Android phone. This article will help you with everything you need to know about retrieving deleted text messages and prevent such a scenario in the first place.

How to retrieve deleted text messages

First things first, there’s no reliable way to recover lost texts on Android. If you have stumbled upon this article because you lost your text messages, they’re gone now, for good.

While searching for the same on Google might redirect you to third-party recovery software like FonePaw, Mobikin, EaseUS MobiSaver, and more, there are limitations to all of them and none of them can assuredly retrieve text messages.

Why should you not use recovery software for retrieving texts

  • Root Access: Almost all the tools mentioned above need access to your phone’s root folder. This folder is what stores a database of your texts and Android, by default, hides the folder since it belongs to the system. This permission can only be enabled by rooting your device which may be a cumbersome process if you’re not someone who experiments on their phone.
  • Expensive: Even if you’re beyond the first limitation, you might not want to go through this process which is actually paying to retrieve your lost texts. While some of the software might assure your data recovery for free, recovering deleted texts will be part of the software’s Pro pack. These pro versions are quite expensive coming at a licensing price of in and around $50 which is steep for recovering a single text.
  • Privacy scare: Since these software tools are granted access to your root folder, they might be able to modify any element of the Android system. This added to the fact that modern Android phones connect to PC using the Media Transfer Protocol, the tools could as well steal your personal data and use it against you.

What can you do to save your text messages

You might be out of luck if you’re trying to recover text messages. But one good news is the fact that you can very easily take backups of your texts. You can set your messages to automatically back up to cloud, so you can restore it at a later point in time. This also helps you when you want to retrieve messages from an old device to a new phone.

How to back up and restore text messages using Microsoft SMS Organizer

Step 1: Download and install the Microsoft SMS Organizer app from Google Play.

Step 2: Open Microsoft SMS Organizer.

Step 3: Complete the initial setup of setting as default message app, signing in with a mobile number, etc.

Step 4: After the setup is done, tap on the 3-dot button on the top right.

Step 5: Select Settings.

Step 6: Tap on Backup & restore.

Step 7: Tap on Google Drive account.

Step 8: Select the Google account you want the app to use to backup your text messages and tap OK.

Step 9: Choose how often you want the app to backup your texts by tapping on Auto backup and selecting a preferred period.

Step 10: Tap on Back up.

Your messages will now be backed up. In case you want to restore deleted texts, you can do so by following the steps down below:

Step 1: Open Microsoft SMS Organizer.

Step 2: Tap on the 3-dot button on the top right.

Step 3: Select Settings.

Step 4: Tap on Backup & restore.

Step 5: Tap on Restore.

Step 6: Select a recent backup from the list you want to retrieve texts from.

Step 7: Tap on Restore.

Your SMSes from the last backup will be restored back on your phone.

How to back up and restore text messages using SMS Backup & Restore

Step 1: Download and install the SMS Backup & Restore app from Google Play.

Step 2: Open SMS Backup & Restore.

Step 3: Tap on Get Started.

Step 4: Grant the app permission to contacts, messages, call logs, storage, and telephone by tapping on Allow.

Step 5: Tap on Set up a backup.

Step 6: Switch the toggle next to Messages to ON.

You can additionally backup call logs, media, and group messages by tapping on Advanced Options.

Step 7: Tap on Next at the bottom right.

Step 8: On the next page, select the storage you want to back up your text messages to. You can choose between Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and device storage. Selecting ‘Your Phone’ will save the backup on your internal/external storage.

Step 9: Tap on Log in, if you selected one of the cloud services and complete the setup. Ignore, if you selected ‘Your Phone’.

Step 10: Tap on Save at the bottom.

Step 11: Manage your upload options on the next page.

Step 12: Tap on Next.

Step 13: Choose how often you want your SMSes to be backed up. You can choose from daily, weekly, and hourly.

In the advanced options, you can schedule backup at a particular time of the day.

Step 14: Hit Back up now.

Your messages will now back up and continue getting backed up on your phone/cloud depending on a regular basis. In order to restore messages through SMS Backup & Restore, follow the instructions from down below:

Step 1: Open SMS Backup & Restore.

Step 2: Tap on the hamburger icon at the top left.

Step 3: Tap Restore.

Step 4: Select from a list of backup sources you want to restore from.

Step 5: Tap Restore.

Step 6: Tap on Ok.

Step 7: On the next page, tap on Yes.

Step 8: Once the restoration is complete, tap on Close.

Your older text messages have been restored based on the backup you selected.


How do you backup your text messages? Do you use an app that you’d like to share with us? Let us know in the comments below.

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