How to Back Up Your Phone Messages and Contacts

If your phone gets missing, or develops a sudden fault that renders it inoperable; you need not be anxious about losing those oh-so-important phone numbers and pictures of friends and family, or moan about losing your Whatsapp and BBM contact list.

Well, not if you are tech-savvy, and had taken simple steps to keeping these information safe from unforeseen oops. Check out some of them.

SMS Backup

One of the most appealing features of SMS Backup is the ability to send the backups to your existing Gmail account, where it is always safe because you are saving in the “cloud”

  1. Log into your Gmail account on any device (phone or computer).
  2. Open the settings menu.
  3. Choose Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
  4. Ensure that the Enable IMAP radio button is ticked.
  5. Click Save Changes.
  6. Download and install SMS Backup to your Android phone from the Google Play Store.
  7. Open the app.
  8. Tap the button next to Connect to connect to your Gmail account.
  9. From the resulting web browser, log into your Gmail account and click to ‘Grant access’ to the app.
  10. Tap on ‘Backup’ from the ‘First backup’ window that pops up.
  11. Wait for the backup process to complete.
  12. The SMS conversations will appear like email conversation threads in your Gmail account marked with the names of the corresponding contacts.

Android Assistant

Android Assistant operates like a desktop manager for your Android smartphone. It runs from your computer.

  1. Download and install Android Assistant on your computer. It is available for Windows
  2. Open the program on your computer.
  3. Connect your Android smartphone to your computer with a USB cable.
  4. Wait three to five minutes for the analysis process to complete.
  5. You will be presented with a page with ‘Essential information’ about your device.
  6. Click on the SMS navigation link in the left sidebar.
  7. Click Import/Export from the buttons at the top.
  8. Click to ‘Export All Messages to Computer.’
  9. Choose where the exported SMS file should be saved.

Creating periodic backups of your text messages is just one step. The rest of the important information and data on your phone should also be backed up on a regular basis. There are ways to synchronize your contacts with Google, for example, as well as multiple cloud storage options to back up your photos, including Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.

Whether you are upgrading to a new device or your smartphone gets lost, damaged or stolen, having a reliable backup could be a life saver.

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