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Why Do We Need to Backup Android Messages to PC or Mac?

There is no denying that mobile phone has been becoming smarter and smarter, but this doesn't mean that files on mobile phone are 100% safe. On contrast, with the development of smart phone, like Android phone, users are likely to lose files under various circumstances, such as failure in updating Android OS or flashing device, make improper operations or settings on Android phone, get cell phone broken, crashed or stolen, and so on.

After losing data, it is troublesome to look for ways to restore them, and you may take the risk of losing them forever. Thus, it is of great importance to backup vital data, such as text messages, from Android phone to computer. Here, this article tells you two ways to do it.

Way 1. Transfer Text Messages from Android to Computer with Android SMS Backup Tool
Way 2. Backup Android SMS to PC with an Android App
Further Reading: How to Read the Exported SMS.xml on PC

Way 1. Transfer Messages from Android to Computer with Android SMS Backup

Here I want to recommend you this Coolmuster Android SMS Backup for Samsung Galaxy S9+/S9/S8+/S8/S7/S6/S5/S4, Huawei, LG, HTC, Sony and etc., which aims to help users transfer text messages from Android phone to computer as a backup. If you have stored many precious SMS messages on your Android smart phone, you can't miss it. By working it, you can save all text message conversations to computer as CSV, HTML, BAK or TXT format with details. And this software will do no harm to your Android device or phone data.

Here are two free trail versions for Windows and Mac users, please download the right one to have a try according to your computer system. Then, you can follow the steps below to export Android messages to PC.

Step 1. Link Android smart phone to computer via a USB cable. Then open this software and it will successfully detect the connected Android phone and you can get the primary interface of the program as below.

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Step 2. Scan the Android phone for wanted text messages

Now you can enter the "SMS" tab from the left sidebar to preview the whole text message conversations after the program perform a quick scanning on your Android phone.

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Step 3. After you have selected all the text messages you want, you can hit the "Export" icon from the top menu to backup SMS to computer in a batch.

After exporting, all messages will be saved to computer as CSV, HTML, TXT or BAK format as you choice, then you can take them for more uses as you want.

Read More: How to Transfer SMS from Android to iPhone

Way 2. Backup Android SMS to PC with an Android App

In addition to the desktop program above, here is an Android app called SMS Backup & Restore can also enable you to save SMS on Android phone to SD card and then transfer them to computer for backup. Let's see how it works:

Step 1. Go to Google Play Store and search to download SMS backup & Restore app.

Step 2. Install and run the app on your Android phone. Then, tap the Backup button to backup SMS to SD card in your Android phone.

Step 3. Plug your Android phone into your computer via a USB cable.

Step 4. Find your Android phone on your computer and open the SD card folder.

Step 5. Find the .xml file, copy and paste it to your computer.

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Read Also: How to Backup Android Internal Memory Data

Further Reading: How to Read the Exported SMS.xml on PC

In most cases, the exported Android SMS are saved as .xml file, .txt file or HTML file on your computer. The last two formats are easily readable. But to read SMS.xml file, you need to ask help from a third-party tool – Notepad++. It's a free source code editor, allowing you to read the SMS.xml file effortlessly. But you should be note that DO NOT edit the .xml file on the Notepad, otherwise, the file would be damaged.

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