As we all know, internal storage for every Android device is quite limited, especially for such low-end device. To free up more disk space, deleting or archiving unwanted files or apps is a good way to get that. For personal like me, who messages a lot with family members and friends, SMS took too much space on my Android phone. I have to backup it at monthly basis to let my device run smoothly as it was an old Android phone bought from Samsung several years ago.
Now it comes to the problem on how to transfer or backup Android messages to computer. There is no direct export option from Messaging app on Android. So you have to use third-party programs or apps to help you backup text messages to computer. Here are the best 5 solutions for transferring SMS from Android to PC or Mac.
Android Manager is currently the best text message backup tool for Android users because of its powerful features and user-friendly interface. The backup and restore functionality comes with the software in default, which helps users export text messages from Android to computer effortlessly.
Unlike open source or free tools developed by hobby hackers for advanced users, Android Manager looks like more professional and ease of use, bearing in mind of beginner users. The entire backup process can be done with a GUI based user interface, instead of command line with free tools. Beside SMS backup, it also supports other items backup and transfer (contacts, photo, media files and apps).
Supported Android Devices: Samsung, LG, Motorola, HUAWEI, Xiaomi, OnePlus and 200+ brands.
The download link is available from the above, click the download button to store the file on computer, and then install it on your PC with the default installation wizard. After that, run the software from desktop shortcut and click Connect from the main window.
Connect your Android phone to a PC via USB cable. The software detects the device automatically once the device is recognized by the PC, which means the Android USB driver is installed properly. Now click Information tabl on the top menu and it takes 3-5 minutes to fully complete the analysis process. At the end, it will display a list of items available for transfer.
Click on the Triangle icon near the device name located at the left navigation bar. It unfolds the hidden items detected previously. Click on SMS-> Export, select a local disk to store the exported SMS file. You can also use this amazing app to transfer contacts to computer as well as videos, music or photos. The process is almost the same.
The function of text messaging has gone far beyond its original design. With the rapid development of mobile technology, text message is not limited to pure text right now. Photos, voice and even videos can be combined into a single text message, this not only applies to Android powered devices, but also works for iPhone. Text messaging apps like WhatsApp, iMessage and Handout make SMS in more convenient way and have gained a great popularity in user base across the world.One-click Backup: Back up all your files and apps stored on the Android device with one-click. 100+ brands and 3000+ Android devices are supported.
Another way to transfer Android SMS to computer is by using Android apps like SMS Backup+. The reason why I don't recommend in here is that the backup option is not flexible as Android Manager . And the function is limited. Only SMS backup feature is supported. However, it is still an available option. Below is the general guide on how to use SMS Backup+ app for message backup. Here's how its supposed to work.
Step 1: Download and install the app on your Android phone from Google Play Store.
Step 2: Launch the app and you will have the choice of two modes: Backup and Restore.
Step 3: Click on Backup and you will have you update your Gmail address to which you want your messages to be backed up.
Step 4: Select all the components you need a backup of on Android phone. This could include text messages, call records and more. You can also set up auto backup on the device.
Step 5: Once your backup is done, you can easily access it on a computer through Gmail account.
[Update on Nov 6, 2019]: ]This was considered to be the go-to app right until Google changed its API settings this year rendering this app useless. So while it still works in theory, most users can not use it the way it is intended, leaving a strong need for something more stable.
All Backup and Restore is a lightweight app being developed by an individual. It offers a variety of backup solutions including the ability to back up your text messages. Here's how it works.
Step 1: Download and install All Backup And Restore app on Android device.
Step 2: Now, launch the app and update cloud location in the settings. It usually makes use of a Dropbox account so if you don't already have a Dropbox account, you might need to create one.
Step 3: Finally, click on the Messages section of the app and you will be presented with two options - full backup and backup conversation. Select the one that is relevant to you and backup text messages.
Step 4: Now, you simply need to access your Dropbox account from any PC and you will be able to read and download all text messages backed up previously..
All Backup and Restore works fairly well. However, it is a fairly low-budget app which has been around for a while. As a result it doesn't offer the most cutting-edge solution. Stability and bugs are also concerns at times..
MobileGo is a PC software developed by Wondershare, a popular vendor in consumer software field. MobileGo is considered as one of the pioneers in mobile device managerment software since 2010. You can control the entire device on a PC or Mac such as data backup. The only issue is that the software is never updated for a long time so it might not work properly for latest Android device. However, it is a nice tool to try out.
Step 1: Start by downloading and installing MobileGo on your computer..
Step 2: Connect your Android phone to your PC with a cable. Launch the software on your PC and click on One-Click Backup. You will now be taken to a small window.
Step 4: In this window all default apps that can be backed up have already been selected. If you only wish to backup your SMS, deselect the rest and proceed.
Step 5: You may now choose the save path for your backed up data.Otherwise, by default it will get saved to your My Documents folder under a folder named Wondershare. Complete the backup process and that's it! All your files have now been successfully backed up on the personal computer.
Wondershare MobileGo works remarkably well when it comes to backing up and restoring Android data. It is smooth and efficient and best of all - it features a clean and intuitive interface. What's more, the app offers you much more than just simple backup and restore features. It has a host of features targeted towards effectively managing and optimizing Android device. From data recovery to boosting device speed, MobileGo can handle it all. If you own an Android phone, MobileGo is an absolutely essential piece of software for you.
MyPhoneExplorer is yet another open source software that lets user effectively manage and optimize Android device. One can almost think of it as a basic and stripped down version of MobileGo. Here's how it can work for you.
Step 1: Download and install MyPhoneExplorer to your computer.
Step 2: Connect your Android device with a cable and launch the software on your PC.
Step 3: Go the SMS section and you will now be presented with a range of options. You will see an option that lets you download your SMS. Select that option and initiate the download process.
Step 4: Once the download completes, you will now find all your SMS on your computer itself.
While MyPhoneExplorer has a host of other features to offer, it does not compare with something as solid as MobileGo. However, it can still work in a pinch and do the job for you.