Backup SMS to Gmail on Android

by on November 26, 2009
in Android, Mobile Apps, Web 2.0

android-logoThere are many applications available for Android devices in the Android Market, but not all are useful. One useful app that I found in the Market was SMS Backup.

SMS Backup is a free Android app that automatically backs up SMS messages from your Android phone to your Gmail account.


The usage is really simple. On your first start of the app, you will have to enter your Gmail account details and configure the app as per your liking (the default settings worked fine for me).

The first time you will have to press the Backup Now button and wait till all your SMS messages are up online and syned with your account. SMS messages will be stored in a separate, newly-created label – SMS. And they won’t conflict with your other emails in your Inbox. You can even mark the backed up messages on Gmail as read.

You need to have IMAP enabled in your Gmail preferences, which must be done through a computer. Now whenever you receive or you send a text message, this app will automatically transfer the text your Gmail account.

Download SMS Backup

You can download this app for free from the Android Market on your Android phone. Or get the direct link download from here.

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  • Does the app automatically start when you turn your phone on. Or do you need to start it each time?

  • There are at least 3 “SMS backup” apps in my market. I believe you are writing about the app by Christoph Studer, correct?

  • Yeah, that is the one :)

  • A Josiah

    tried to install on hero 1.5 will not install!!!

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  • Soniatete93

    How do I put my backed up SMS that are on gmail on my new phone?

  • Riness

    Try VeryAndroid SMS Backup. It can backup and restore sms to a new android phone.


  • WeeMag

    backup SMS doesn't show contact list name.. but all numbers

  • kamokaze

    just got sms backup and restore from from playstore,it backs up your texts to a folder on your internal phone or external sdcard,its simple and does what it says on the tin and no having to email your texts anywhere