How to Backup Text Messages on Android Without App

This guide will teach you how to easily backup text messages on your Android device without needing any extra apps. Learn to export SMS to your computer.

Use Android’s Built-in SMS Export Feature

The easiest way to backup text messages on Android is to use the built-in export feature.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Open the Messages app on your Android device.
  2. Tap the three dot menu button in the top right corner.
  3. Select “Settings” from the menu.
  4. Tap “Chat settings” > “Export messages”.
  5. Select a date range to export messages from.
  6. Tap “Export to CSV file”. This will save all your SMS to a CSV file on your phone’s storage.

You can then connect your Android device to a computer and transfer the CSV file over. Open it in a spreadsheet program to view the messages.

Use ADB to Pull SMS from Your Android

Another way is to use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to pull the SMS database directly from your device.

Here’s how:

  1. Enable USB debugging on your Android device.
  2. Connect your phone to PC with a USB cable.
  3. Open command prompt/terminal on computer.
  4. Type adb devices to verify connection.
  5. Type adb pull /data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db C:\backup\smsbackup.db to pull SMS database.
  6. You can view this DB file in a SQLite browser or convert it to CSV.

This will give you a complete backup of all text messages on your device. It does require some technical know-how.

Use a Computer Backup Program

Some third party computer programs like dr.fone and iSkysoft Toolbox can also backup SMS from your Android over a USB connection. They provide a simple interface to select and export messages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I backup SMS without root?

Yes, the built-in export and ADB methods mentioned above do not require root access. Root is only needed for more advanced backup tools.

Is my data secure when backing up SMS?

As long as you keep the backup file safe and secure, your data should remain private. Do not store the export file in a public location.

What formats can I export SMS to?

The most common formats are CSV, HTML, and XML. Some tools also allow backup to PDF or direct database formats.

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