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How to Backup Text Messages from Android Smartphone to a PC with DroidTransfer

Text message might has been replaced by WhatsApp and similar apps. But, it remains important on certain occasions. When creating a Google account, for instance. You need to verify your phone number, which is sent via text message. Some bank transactions also require text message verification.

Some text messages are really important and you might need them in the future. So, having a backup of them is a good idea. If you use Android, you can backup your text messages using DroidTransfer.

DroidTransfer is a versatile transfer tool. You can use it to transfer data — including text messages — from your Android device to a PC and vice versa. DroidTransfer supports wireless transfer by taking advantage of Wi-Fi. You just need to scan a QR code to connect your PC to your Android device.

DroidTransfer reads the text messages of the default messaging app of your Android device. It will display all of the text messages on your Android smartphone’s default messaging app. If you only want to backup text messages from certain dates, DroidTransfer comes with a Set Dates feature which you can use to filter the messages by date. You can backup your text message whether in a HTML format, PDF or text files. In addition to text messages, you can also use DroidTransfer to transfer other file types like photos, call logs, music, contacts, and calendars.

How to use DroidTransfer to backup text messages from Android to PC

Before being able to use, you definitely need to have DroidTransfer installed on your computer first. You can download the binary file of DroidTransfer for Windows on its official site. In addition to the DroidTransfer app on your PC, you also need to install the Transfer Companion on your Android device.

A small note. We recommend you to restart your PC after installing DroidTransfer on your PC. On our test, the Wi-Fi connection was unstable until we restarted the PC

In this example, we will show you how to backup text messages from an Android device to a PC wirelessly.

First off, launch the app of DroidTransfer on your PC and the Transfer Companion on your Android device. Make sure that your PC and your Android device are connected to the same Wi-Fi. Scan the QR code on the DroidTransfer on your PC with the Transfer Companion app on your Android device.

If you meet a problem during connecting, try to change the IP address of your PC by clicking the IP address beneath the QR code. Make sure that this IP address is the same as the IP address of your PC. You can type ipconfic on Command Prompt to see the IP address of your PC. You can see the IP address in the following section.

Once connected, click the Message tab on the left panel. If you want to backup all messages without exception, you can simply click one of the buttons on the toolbar (Save PDF, Save Text or Save HTML). Just for information, if you do this option, DroidTransfer will save the messages from each contact in a different file so you will have a bunch of files on your destination folder.

To backup messages from individual contacts (senders), simply click the contact whose you want to backup the messages. Messages will be displayed on the right panel.

To display messages within specific periods, click the Set Dates button on the toolbar and specify the dates on the appearing pop-up and click the Continue button.

Click one of the buttons on the toolbar according to the backup format you want.

Select a destination folder on the appearing pop-up and click the OK button once you have specified it. DriodTransfer will start converting your messages to the specified format.

The verdict

DroidTransfer is a great tool to use if you are looking to backup the text messages from your Android device to a PC (Windows). We used this tool to backup text messages from Samsung Galaxy M10 running on Android 8.1.0 and everything went well. We also used it to transfer some image files from Android to PC and vice versa. The only minor we meet was the unstable Wi-Fi connection on the first launch of DroidTransfer (right after the installation). But, everything was good after we restarted the PC. DroidTransfer has a fancy interface that is extremely easy to use.

Standard requirements are needed before you can use DroidTransfer to backup text messages or other data. You will need to give DroidTransfer permission to read your data to allow it to work. DroidTransfer itself is a freemium tool. You can use it for free but with tight enough restrictions. The free version only allows you to backup the first 5 messages in conversations. Also, there is no option to directly print the messages from the app window. You won’t also be able to export your contacts.

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