Comment sauvegarder et restaurer ses SMS sur Android ?

how to backup and restore your SMS?

There are really very practical applications that allow you to back up your SMS and then restore them in the event of a reset of your smartphone or in the event of a change of device. But Google also allows automatic backups on Drive. Convenient to transfer your old SMS to a new smartphone. Let’s take a look at how to use both methods.

How to backup and restore SMS on Android?

Many Android users have once asked the question: how to backup their SMS and how to restore them. This is the case, for example, when you change your smartphone or when you have to do a reset in the event of a problem. Well, know that there is nothing simpler and that you just need to make backups on your Google account.

But this solution has not always been possible. There are historical applications that still make it possible to achieve this brilliantly. This is the case, among others, of SMS Backup & Restore. This app is both easy to use and free. A paid version at 3.95 € exists, but that’s just to remove the ads, all the features remaining accessible on the free version.

How to backup and restore SMS with Google Drive

This solution is completely free. As you probably know, it is possible to back up certain data from your Android smartphone to Google Drive. This backup includes your system settings, but also SMS, contacts, call history and data from installed applications. Here we will tell you how to back up and restore a backup.

  • First, the backup. Make sure that your smartphone is logged into your Google account. For it, appointment in Settings, then Account. Your Google account should be there. On some overlays, the Google menu is accessible directly in Settings.
  • Make sure the device is associated with your primary Google account.
  • always in Settings> Google, go totally down and press To safeguard. You arrive on a menu that offers you to save important information from your phone to your Google Drive account: Applications, Photos and videos, SMS, Call history, Device settings, etc.
Save to google
  • In principle, the Google One backup is enabled by default. If not, do so by rocking the insultor. If the last automatic backup is not very recent (eg: less than 24 hours), you can perform a manual backup by pressing the button Save now. This option is useful if you want to reset your smartphone within a few minutes. Or if you’re about to change your phone.
Activate backup
  • If you are not often connected to WiFi, go completely down to the bottom and activate the option Back up via mobile data.
Mobile data backup

Restore SMS

The next step is the restoration. If you reset your smartphone or change your phone, you can find your text messages, your call log and your contacts thanks to the previously made backup.

  • When the phone is initialized (first initialization or following a reset), Android will suggest to you connect to your google account. Just do it.
  • Please note, if you have several Google accounts, you must choose the one associated with the Google Drive account where your data was saved.
  • In a next step, Android will offer you to restore a backup made on Google Drive. Choose the most recent if you have more than one. Let the smartphone run. You find SMS, contacts and all other data.

Google specifies in its conditions thatyou cannot restore data to a phone with an older version of Android than the device on which the data was backed up ”. If in doubt, it is better to go for the safest solution. And that brings us to the second method.

How to back up your SMS with SMS Backup & Restore?

So we are going to show you how to use the SMS Backup & Restore application. As announced in the introduction, it is free. And if there is a paid version, it has no more options than the free one. It is therefore only used to support the developer. Before starting this tutorial, therefore, you need to SMS Backup & Restore on the Google Play Store:


Once you have launched the app, just press ” To safeguard “. We warned you that it was as easy as pie!

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  • After pressing Save, you will have several options, either save to the phone memory, or to the external memory card if you have one. We advise you to make the backup to the SD card, as it will be easier to transfer it to your new phone.
  • Note that more recent versions of the application also offer to create a backup on various online storage services, in particular Google drive (associated with your Google account), the very popular Dropbox or Onedrive from Microsoft.
  • Then you have other options available to you. One of the novelties is to be able to save your call log. You will be able to choose a name (the basic one is the date with the time quite simply), you can also choose to save your MMS as well as the emojis sent, but the saving will be heavier. You can choose to save all conversations or only some.
  • Finally you can choose to upload or not the backup, to upload it you will need the Add-On mentioned at the beginning. Note that messages in RCS (Rich Communication Services) format cannot yet be saved.
  • Once this is done, you can start the backup, it will be shorter or longer depending on the number of SMS. After finishing the backup, you will get a message for see if everything went well.

How to restore SMS with SMS Backup & Restore?

Saving your SMS is good, restoring them is better. Especially when you have to reset or change your smartphone. You should know that the SMS backup file is located in / sdcard / SMSBackupRestore, once you have recovered the file, open the application and do ” Restore “. If your backup archive has been uploaded to a remote storage service, all you need to do is choose the latter from the recovery options and select your backup in the same way.

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  • From there, the app offers you the most recent backups. It is also possible togo and get the backup yourself you want or take the uploaded one.
  • Once you have selected the backup, you can choose to restore the MMS or not, and restore the entire backup or only from a specific date.
  • Attention since Android 4.4 the application needs to be the default SMS application, you just have to press yes, and once the restoration is complete you can change the default SMS application again.
  • Now the restoration starts. She will much longer than the backup, especially if you have several thousand SMS. Sometimes it can take several tens of minutes, so be patient. As with the backup, you will have a pop-up to warn you that it is over and see if everything went well.

Here. You now know the two methods for backing up and then restoring your SMS and MMS on Android. So you no longer have an excuse when you change your phone. All your important messages will be available on the new smartphone.

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