Monday, 27 May 2013
How to back up text messages
And on that operating system, one of the most popular choices is the free SMS Backup+. Once you connect the app to your Gmail account, it automatically backs up your texts and multimedia messages to Gmail (or any other e-mail service that supports IMAP synchronization), where you'll find them under an "SMS" label.
There's also a newer competitor named Uppidy that copies texts to a password-protected page — which makes for a slightly cleaner presentation than shoveling them into an e-mailbox. But storing picture and video messages requires buying a $1.99 "Uppidy+" app.
Your wireless carrier may also have solutions of its own. AT&T offers a Messages app that syncs text messages, plus voicemails and your call log, between your phone, tablet or computer. Verizon recently introduced a similar service, also named Messages — although it syncs only the last 90 days' worth of texts.
Uppidy also makes a desktop iOS-message backup app for Macs and Windows PCs, as well as a Blackberry text-backup tool.
If you only want to back up one or a few special messages — maybe because they're from somebody particularly beloved or famous, maybe because they demonstrate the unintentional comedy of phone-keyboard autocorrect — you don't need to go to any of these extremes. Just take a picture of the screen (press the power and home buttons in iOS, press and hold the power and volume-down buttons on most Android phones) and copy or share that image at will.
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