Shaun Mccran

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Backing up your SMS and MMS to GoogleMail from an Android device

I've been using the same Android phone for over a year now, a HTC Desire. Over the last year I've been sending and receiving texts on a frequent basis. My SMS app seems to struggle with the volume of messages it is now holding, over 5000+, so I thought I'd find a way of backing them up and clearing it all out in an effort to speed things back up.

This article explains how I used the 'Backup to Gmail' application to backup all my SMS and MMS messages.

There are several applications that offer backup facilities, some backing up SMS or MMS some doing both. The thing I liked about 'Backup to Gmail' was that it can backup both message formats, and it can run as a scheduled backup and it allows you to restore messages as well.

The application can be downloaded from the marketplace ( https://market.android.com/details?id=net.cpedia.backup2gmail&rdid=net.cpedia.backup2gmail ) or on your device. It is not free, but for £1.20 I can hardly complain.

I downloaded it and logged in through Gmail and fired off a backup sync. Even on wifi it took a good hour to backup over 5000 SMS messages. You can specify different labels for the imported messages in Gmail, or you can leave it with the default labels of 'SMS' and 'MMS'. Imported messages appear just like emails in a conversation flow style.

After the import it must have taken ten to fifteen minutes to delete all the SMS messages from the phone, but it is a lot quicker now.

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Peter Boughton's Gravatar Hmmm, I'd be wary of giving any non-Google entity access to my Gmail account. :/

I guess if you change the password before and after then you limit what they can access to a snapshot, but even then that's still enough to potentially access sensitive data.

Do your SMSs actually contain information that is worth backing up?
# Posted By Peter Boughton | 11/06/11 07:48
Shaun's Gravatar Peter,
Thats a good point, the App also has an Oath option for connecting to Gmail so that's perhaps a better option if you are concerned about the security factor.

I'm not too sure if there is anything overly vital in there, this just eliminates the need for me to go through and check it all and see if I need to keep it. If Gmail is going to allow 7 odd gig of storage then it becomes a natural home for SMS.
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