Because of their portability and ease of use, our smartphones are used for a lot of daily communication. Our devices store communication data and history for future reference. What happens, however, if your smartphone is stolen or accidently damaged ?
You may already be aware that instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp allow you to save your chat history locally on your device as well as in cloud storage accounts. Did you know that text messages (or SMS, as they’re known) can be saved in the cloud as well? This makes it simple to recover texts if you lose your phone or it goes through a factory reset.
Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud backup alternatives for Android users. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to recover Android messages from Google Drive and save them to your smartphone.
But first, let’s speak about how to backup Android SMS and how to do it.
Setting On The Device
Messages Backup To Google Drive
You can back up practically any type of data on your Android smartphone. When you back up your smartphone, SMS text messages are automatically included in the backup data stored to your Google Drive account. As a result, there is currently no method to back up only SMS texts.
Check out how to back up text messages to Google Drive automatically on an Android smartphone:
Step 1: To access the Android Settings menu, tap the gear icon on the home screen or app tray.
Step 2: Choose Google as your search engine.
Step 3: Choose a backup option.
Step 4: Make sure the ‘Backup to Google Drive’ option is selected. If it isn’t on, tap it to turn it on.
Step 5: Make sure a Google Drive account is selected as well. That’s where your backup files are kept.
Step 6: Tap the name of your device to confirm that your SMS messages are being saved to a backup. On the list of data being backed up, you should see ‘SMS text messages.’
Step 7: To make a backup of your Android texts, press the Backup Now option.
Using Google Drive To Find A Backup File
Step 1: Open the Google Drive app on your phone or tablet.
If your smartphone doesn’t already have a Google Drive app, you can get one from the Playstore:
Step 2: Select the hamburger menu icon from the hamburger menu menu.
Step 3: Pick your backups.
You should now be able to see the file that contains your backup data. Only the backup details are displayed when you tap on it. But, more significantly, how do you restore that backup and, more critically, your SMS text messages ?
Android Message From Device Setting Restore
1. Factory Data Reset
The Android OS is currently designed in such a way that backups created to Google Drive cannot be restored directly. Many Android users have protested and searched for a solution, but it is just not possible. It’s a shame, but that’s how the Android OS is set up, at least for the time being.
The only solution is to reset your smartphone to factory settings. You will be able to restore your SMS text messages only after that (alongside other backup data). All backup data is restored to the device when you perform a factory reset.
But that’s too much of a risk to take because the factory reset process risks wiping out all previously installed apps and other device settings. If you’re out of options and don’t mind losing the programmes and files on your device’s internal storage, this is the sole option.
Using a third-party application to immediately restore messages on your Android device without resorting to a factory reset is a preferable option.
2. Other Third Party Apps
On the Google Playstore, there are a few apps that can help you backup and restore SMS text messages from your Google Drive account.
I spent some time with a few of these SMS-recovery apps that had positive user evaluations and ratings.
SMS Message Backup
Step 1: Tap the “Set Up A Backup” button on the app’s home screen.
Step 2: To backup only your SMS messages, turn off the Phone calls option. To continue, tap Next.
Step 3: Toggle on Google Drive and then hit Next to proceed.
Step 4: To connect the app to your Google Drive, tap the Log In option.
On the next page, you’ll have to choose what kind of access to your Google Drive you want the app to have. It’s best if you grant the programme only limited access to the files and directories it requires.
Step 5: Select the second option, which allows you to only access files and folders generated or accessed with SMS Backup & Restore.
Step 6: To proceed, select the Google Drive account and tap OK. Tap the Add account option if you don’t already have a Google Drive account linked to your phone.
Step 7: To grant the app access to your Drive account, tap Allow.
Step 8: Once you’ve set up your Google Drive account, tap Save to begin the SMS backup process.
Step 9: If you only want to backup SMS messages via Wi-Fi, turn on the Over Wi-Fi option. If you want to use mobile data, turn it off. You can also choose whether to upload SMS message backup to Google Drive on battery power or while the device is charging using the ‘While charging’ feature.
Step 10: To continue, tap Next.
The backup procedure will then begin, and you will be notified when it is complete.
By tapping the ‘Set Up A Schedule’ option on the site, you may arrange an automatic or periodic backup schedule for your messages. The programme allows you to backup SMS on a daily, monthly, or hourly basis.
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