Not saving your texts is a big mistake. Here are the easy ways to do it


For some, texting is superior to all other forms of communication. You can stay in touch with others while doing other things like working, streaming or gaming. There’s no obligation to be on point every second, and you can take your time and come up with appropriate answers or end the conversation with a universally accepted “Gotta go.”

If you need to send a text but don’t have your phone with you, don’t worry. You can send an SMS from your computer. Tap or click here for five ways to send a text from your PC.

Your texting database may be full of memes and mandatory replies, but there are probably some messages you don’t want to lose. You can back it up using your phone’s native apps and features or you can use a third party. We show you some options below.

SMS backup and restore

If you’re using an Android, you’re in luck. Google’s mobile operating system is more forgiving than Apple’s iOS, so you have more options for apps that can access your text messages. SMS Backup & Restore is such an app and it can: find it in the google play store

The app backs up (makes a copy of) SMS and MMS messages and call logs that are on your phone the moment you run it. It can also restore these messages from existing backups. This includes group messages and messages with pictures, music and videos.

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The app creates a local backup on your phone and you can back up to the cloud, Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive. You can create backups whenever you want, or you can schedule recurring backups automatically.

The restore function only works if you have made a backup by the app. It cannot recover deleted messages otherwise. Backups are made in XML format.

The Play Store description states that the app has been tested on Android 5.0 and above.

How to use SMS Backup & Restore:

Start SMS Backup & Restore and grant the necessary permissions. Tap Set up a backup. Turn off Call Logs if you only want to back up your messages. Then tap Next. Select your cloud storage and log in. When you’re done, tap Save. Select your upload options: Via Wi-Fi and/or While charging and tap Next. Choose a backup frequency, then tap Back up now.

iCloud

Your iPhone can back up all kinds of data to your iCloud account. Photos, email, contacts, notes, passwords and saved games can be backed up. You can also back up your messages.

Messages in iCloud are automatically updated so you can see them on all your devices. When you delete a message or conversation from one device, the same happens to all other devices connected to your iCloud.

To enable Messages in iCloud, make sure you’ve set up iCloud and signed in with your Apple ID. You must use two-factor authentication with your Apple ID and enable iCloud Keychain.

After going through the above process, go to Settings and tap on your name. Then tap iCloud and turn on Messages.

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iExplorer

While you have many backup choices for Android, the same cannot be said for Apple devices. iExplorer lets you access, view and transfer music, messages, photos and files from any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod) to any Mac or PC.

The iExplorer SMS client works with text messages, including groups and messages with media such as videos and images. With iExplorer you can open the messages from your iPhone and save them to your Mac or PC as a .PDF, .TXT or .CSV document.

You must be using Windows 7, 8, 10 or later and have an iTunes account.

Here’s how to transfer text messages from your iOS device to your computer:

Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and open iExplorer. Click the Details tab and then the Messages button. If you haven’t made an iTunes backup on this computer, you’ll be asked if you want to. Choose Yes. If you already have an iTunes backup and it is more than 24 hours old, iExplorer will ask you if you want to use Latest Backup or Refresh. When iExplorer has finished loading your messages, choose a conversation from the left pane. Use the icons to filter by date range, view attachments, or simply export the entire conversation.

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