SMS Backup +: Backup & Restore Android SMS Messages with Gmail

Do you texts often and chooses not to delete but save your sms messages for future records? Then try the application called SMS Backup+. This software will automatically backup all of your Android phone SMS, MMS and call log entries using a separate label in Gmail / Google Calendar. You’ll then be able to browse and search your incoming and outgoing messages – neatly put into threads – under the “SMS” label in Gmail. It is also possible to restore SMS and call log entries back to the phone (MMS not supported yet).

Backup & Restore Android SMS Messages with Gmail

After starting SMS Backup+, tap on the “Connect” check box to log in or (if you were already logged in)  to give SMS Backup+ permission to access your emails. You’ll need to enable IMAP in your Gmail settings first (See the Enabling IMAP in Gmail help page to learn how to enable IMAP for your Gmail account).

After having connected your Gmail account, SMS Backup+ will ask you to perform a first sync. If you choose “Backup”, SMS Backup+ will start backing up all your messages to Gmail. If you choose “Skip”, nothing is sent to Gmail and all messages currently stored on your device are simply marked “backed up”. This option is handy if you previously uninstalled SMS Backup+ and do not want to send your messages again to Gmail. Please note that any messages arrived after you last uninstalled SMS Backup and this initial backup won’t ever be backed up to Gmail, if you choose to “Skip” the first sync.

After you performed your initial backup, SMS Backup+ is ready to run in the background and finish uploading all of your current and future messages (check “Auto Backup”). Make sure that you have Background data enabled in your Android Phone Accounts & Sync settings.

Make sure that you have Background data enabled in your Android Phone Accounts & Sync settings

If you wish to restore messages back to your phone tap “Restore”. By default all messages stored on Gmail will be restored (this can be changed in “Advanced Settings”). You can safely restore to a phone which has already message stored on it, SMS Backup+ will skip the restore of already existing messages.

SMS Backup + Advanced Settings

The SMS Backup + app for Android is now available as a free download from Android market place.  The app requires Android 1.5 operating system and higher.


  • DROID X/2 users: due to a firmware bug (timezones) incoming messages might not be backed up. Complain to Motorola, don’t blame this app!
  • Auto backup might not work reliably when SMS Backup+ is installed on the SD card. Future version will hopefully fix this, in the meantime please move it back to phone memory if possible.

We really need a tool like this, and this product seems to work as advertised for me. However, I am a little concerned with a third-party freeware app, so hope google would take it over and maintain it themselves.