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I updated Transfer Companion to version 3 on Google Play Store. How do I export messages to PDF?

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Save Text Messages from Android to a PC

Transfer Companion Version 2 provided the ability to export text messages and call logs from your Android device to platforms such as email or cloud storage services.

Unfortunately, recent changes to Google's permission policies have restricted permissions on such data. For this reason, from version 3 of the Transfer Companion mobile app, the features for exporting messages and call logs will no longer be available. Find out more about the Use of SMS or Call Log permission groups on Google Play Store.

Please be advised that you can still export messages and call logs from your Android device using the Droid Transfer software for PC. Check out our guide on how to export text messages from android.

Transfer Companion will now only be used as the means by which to connect your Android device to Droid Transfer on your PC.

For users who purchased the Transfer Companion in-app upgrade (which provided the ability to export messages and call logs directly from your Android device), you can still access this functionality. To do this, you'll need to download Transfer Companion 2 using the APK.

The APK only exports messages and call logs to PDF on devices on which the in-app purchase has previously been made.

To Download Transfer Companion 2 APK, follow these steps...

Part 1: Enable APK Installs

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
    • Android 8 and higher: Scroll down and tap "Apps and Notifications".
    • Samsung Galaxy: tap Biometrics and security.
    • Android 7 and lower: (1) Scroll down and tap Security (or Lock screen and security). (2) Tap to toggle on "Unknown sources". (3) Confirm by tapping OK if prompted. (4) If you're on Android 7 or lower, you can now skip to Part 2.
    Enable APK download on Android
  2. Tap "Install Unknown Apps". Depending on your Android, you may instead see "Install other apps". If you see neither of these options, you may first need to tap "Special access".
  3. Choose the browser (such as Google Chrome) you want to use to download the APK file.
  4. Toggle the "Allow from this source" switch to 'on'.
  5. Tap "OK" to confirm these settings if you are prompted to.

Part 2: Install the APK from your chosen browser.

  1. On your Android, tap the icon from your app menu to launch your chosen browser (such as Google Chrome)
    Ensure that this browser is the one you picked in Part 1 if you needed to choose one.
  2. Download the Transfer Companion 2 APK using this link: http://push.wideanglesoftware.com/trc/215/was.android.transfercompanion.apk
  3. If prompted, tap "OK" to confirm that you want to download the APK.
  4. If prompted, tap "Open" at the bottom of your screen.
    If you are not prompted, open your Downloads folder from your Android app menu and tap the Transfer Companion APK to open it.
    Download Transfer Companion APK
  5. Tap Install to install Transfer Companion 2.
    Install Transfer Companion APK
  6. Tap "Open" to open the app and begin using it straight away.

Then, to export your text messages as PDF, simply tap "Export Messages" in Transfer Companion.

Export Android Messages as PDF

Next, if you are prompted to allow permissions, agree to those to allow Transfer Companion to access your messages.

Once that's done, you'll be able to see a list of your conversations. Tap a conversation to view its content (messages sent and received, as well as any media like photos).

Finally, tap "Export" at the bottom of your screen to export the conversation as PDF. You'll get different options to send the PDF as email, save it to cloud storage like Google Drive, and more!

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