Welcome to Adi’s pick of the week. This is where I pick one piece of software/hardware or a website that you should check out.
Suppose you picked up Google’s new Pixel 2 or the Samsung Galaxy S8. In fact there’s a good chance you might be picking up a new smartphone of any kind for someone or you might be getting one yourself.
You want to transfer your SMS/text messages across from your old Android smartphone. Well, if you are using Whatsapp or Facebook messenger, you can just restore a backup that you had from Whatsapp. Facebook messages are stored online anyway so all you have to do is download Facebook and then the messenger app and you’re good to go.
However, when it comes to SMS/text messages things can become a little bit tricky. This is because there is no way to easily transfer SMS/text messages. This is why my pick of the week is a neat little app called SMS backup and restore.
So, the idea of this app is that you can actually backup your SMS/text messages from one phone. Once you have done that, you can actually take your new phone, install this app and restore the backup. It’s basically a way to copy your text messages over to another phone without doing the manual work of sending them to yourself. In a more recent update to the app you can also backup your call log (AKA recent calls/history).
Additionally, when you make a backup using SMS backup and restore you also get the chance to have it upload your backups to your Dropbox or Google Drive. Better still, you can also schedule backups to happen on a regular basis (e.g. weekly or monthly) so you won’t have to worry about manually doing them.
OK, so this is all well and good, but why does it matter? Well, when buying a new phone the transition should be as easy as possible. Indeed, Samsung provides their own software that you can put on your computer to do that. However, their tool does not cover the call log, so that you can pick up where you have left off.
Personally I’ve had quite a few occasions for using this app. I remember having to use this when wiping my Samsung Galaxy S4.
I just downloaded the app, restored from a backup that I made using the app and just like that all my text messages appeared on my phone. When restoring the call log was in a separate app(known as call log backup and restore), I also used that to restore the call log on my Galaxy S4. I opened the call log/recent calls on my phone and the recent calls appeared as if by magic.
I will also say that you should be making regular backups of your text messages anyway. That way, if your phone decides to stop working then you can always restore from a backup. Those backups are quite small and won’t take up much space anyway.
SMS backup and restore is free and available on Android only. You can download it from the Google Play Store right now.