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[How To] Periodic Backup Android Phone SMS, MMS and Call Logs To Gmail Account

In the age of Whatsapp, email, iMessage and BBM, SMS may seem like worthless to many people. However, SMSs like voice calls are irreplaceable  at least for the next 5 to 10 years. Plus, it is not necessary that all your friends own a smartphone so you will end up using SMSs to converse with them.

Personally, I still have quite a lot of conversations on SMSs or receive some important messages from my bank or similar. These messages are very important to me, and I make sure to back them up. Similarly, I also make sure to backup my call logs for future reference.

How To Automatically Backup Your SMS, MMS and Call Logs To Your Gmail Account

Step 1: Head over to the Play Store and install SMS Backup+ from developer Jan Berkel.

Step 2: Select the ‘Advanced Settings’ option to customize some of the app options. 

Click on ‘Backup Settings’ to select whether you want to backup your SMS, MMS, Call Log or all three of them. You can also change the name of the label from ‘SMS’ to something else under which the app will backup all your messages. You can also backup messages from only a specific group of people by using the ‘Contacts to backup’ option.

To change the label under which the app backups up your Call logs, head over to ‘Call Log Settings’. From here, you can change the label to something you prefer and also specify the type of calls (incoming or outgoing) you want to save. You can also log the timings of these calls to your Google Calendar by selecting the ‘Calendar Sync’ option.

Step 3: Once you have customized all the settings and options of the app to your liking, click on the ‘Connect’ button and accept the prompt that comes up. A new browser window will then open up, asking you to enter your Google account credentials or asking you to allow the app to have access to your account. Select the ‘Allow’ option and wait for the app to connect with your Gmail account.

Step 4: Once SMS Backup+ gets access to your Gmail account, it will ask you whether you want to backup all your current SMSs, MMSs or Call Logs or not. Depending on what you want, you can select either skip it or go ahead with the backup.


There are a plethora of other options in SMS Backup+ which readers can configure according to their liking. By default, the app will automatically backup all your new messages after every 2 hours. However, users can increase or decrease this interval depending on their needs. They can also specify that the app only backups your SMSs/MMSs and Call logs when the handset is connected to a Wi-Fi network.


By rajesh

Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu

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