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Backup Texts Android

Droid Transfer allows you to backup SMS and MMS messages from your Android phone to your computer. This is great for a variety of reasons: keeping data safe in case of device fault, printing messages for legal reasons, retrieving deleted messages...

Visit our TouchCopy page if you need to save iPhone messages to computer instead.


You can save your messages as HTML, PDF or text files. Let's see how we can backup messages as PDF...

  1. Download Droid Transfer and connect your Android device (Set up Droid Transfer)
  2. Click the 'Messages' tab.
  3. Select a contact whose conversation you want to save.
  4. Click 'Save PDF' and select the location on your computer to save to.
Backup Texts Android

What messages are displayed?

Droid Transfer displays all messages from your Android device's default messaging app. If you would like to access and backup messages from a different messaging app on your phone, you can do so by changing your default messaging app in the settings on your device.

By default, Droid Transfer will display all messages from your default app. If you only want to access or backup messages from certain dates, you can use the 'Set Dates' function. Simply set a lower and/or higher date boundary, and Droid Transfer will only display messages sent or received between those dates!

Search through your messages

The search box in Droid Transfer allows you to search through your messages by either a contact name or a word mentioned in a message. For example, if you wish to find all contacts with whom you've discussed your upcoming holiday, please type holiday in Droid Transfer's search bar and the software will show you contacts and conversations mentioning this word.

Save Android Messages to PC

Backup Texts Android - You have the option of saving messages as HTML, PDF or text files.

You can backup certain conversations by clicking a contact, or multiple contacts, from the list of contacts, then clicking either:

  • "Save PDF" - Saves the conversation in Portable Document Format (PDF). This file will also display your attachments such as images in the conversation thread.
  • "Save text" - Saves the conversation as a simple text file.
  • "Save HTML" - Saves the conversation as a HTML file (viewable in browsers such as Google Chrome). Media such as messages will be embedded in the file, and a separate folder will be created to contain the media.

To backup all messages, click on "Save" in Droid Transfer without selecting any of the conversations displayed in the software. Alternatively select all conversations by pressing CTR+A on your keyboard, and click on "Save" in Droid Transfer.

You will then be prompted to choose a location on your computer to save to. Once you are happy with the location, hit "OK" to confirm!

Backup Text Messages Android

So there's what you need to know to backup text messages Android. Read on to find out how to Print Android Messages.