The aim of ‘Save MY SMS’ is to save or better export some or all text messages to a safe place for later viewing. Some text messages may be important to you but at the same time they take up valuable space and may even slow down your device when they reach large numbers. Therefore, the goal is to archive some or all text messages to an alternate location and free up space by deleting exported messages manually and after you confirm that the export was performed successfully. That’s why the app is not a backup and restore utility, simply because it is intended to move text messages to an alternate location!
Frequently Asked Questions:
From your android smartphone or tablet go to Apps, find Save My SMS and tap on the app’s red and orange icon. First time users should go to settings and set an email and location to be used during the export operation. See below FAQs on how to set the default email and location. Also, first time users are asked to allow the app permission to access text messages and device storage. Users should press the allow option to these prompts. Repeat usage of the app will not prompt users again for access permissions. The app does not gain permission to alter or modify text messages or contacts – it is granted only read/view permissions!
Once the settings are done, you can start exporting text messages. From the main screen (see image 1 below), confirm that all threads are checked and if not, tap on the ‘ALL’ at the top left side of the screen to select all threads. Then, tap on the arrow symbol inside the pink circle at the bottom right side of the screen. Next either select ‘Text’ to export text messages via email or ‘File’ to store text messages in a file on your smartphone, and hit ‘Done’ (see image 2 below).
The ‘Text’ option allows you export text messages externally via email and other third-party apps installed on your device. Note: not all apps can take the exported content, so it is suggested to use an email app such as, Gmail. Upon choosing Gmail, the app loads your Gmail app exporting all text messages inside an email message. Finally, hit the arrow button (send) to send the email. Note: you can verify that the correct email address is automatically set in the To: line or change it as required.
The ‘File’ option allows you to change or confirm the set destination location, press ‘Confirm’ to continue. A final prompt asks you to save the file externally if you wish in addition to saving it on your smartphone, otherwise hit ‘NO’.
Note: Keep the ‘Plain’ text format option for normal use, however, subscribed users can opt to export content in either JSON or HTML format in addition to plain text.
From the app settings menu select ‘Set Email address’ and type in your preferred email address. Press “DONE” to save the changes or keep the same address.
From the app settings menu select ‘Set Save location’ and tap on the arrow at the top left side corner and adjacent to the text indicating the current folder location. Select the folder and sub-folders as desired and press “CONFIRM” to save the changes or “CANCEL” to keep the same folder location.
The exported file will be named ‘SaveMySMS + Date + Time’. The date and time indicate the instance when the export was done. So, if for example you did an export on October 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 hrs then the filename will be saved as ‘SaveMySMS 3-Oct-17 10:00.txt’. The file will be located in the folder defined in the ‘Set Save location’ setting or default location at /storage/emulated/0. Remember that you need to allow the app permission to save files to storage only once in the beginning.
To view when you last performed an export/save operation go to the settings menu first line at ‘Last save:’ details. Also, exported files saved on internal storage include the date and time of the performed operation in the respective filename. In the image below, the last operation was performed on June 28, 2017 at 11:32 hrs.
Contact-Name (mobile number):
Date Time (YOU): Text content
Date Time (Contact-Name): Text content
For example, you saved a thread with John, it will appear like this:
28-Sep-17 18:49 (John): will confirm later
28-Sep-17 18:25 (ME): am available Monday 7.30 if ok with you
27-Sep-17 17:14 (John): am fine, shall we meet next week?
27-Sep-17 11:33 (ME): ok thanks and you John?
27-Sep-17 10:43 (John): How are you doing?
The recommended and only means to check that text messages were exported successfully is by checking the content of the exported file or email and see that all selected threads are included. Some users may find it safer to print the content of the exported file to a hard copy for later reference.
Save My SMS does not delete exported messages automatically after they were exported but you have to delete them manually from the android native ‘Messaging’ app. This is the intended behavior of the app in order to limit permissions to read and view only of text messages. It is suggested to view and check the exported file or email content to confirm that the selected threads were exported successfully before deleting any messages.
The subscribed version allows you to select and export individual threads by contact name or mobile number. In addition, premium users can export text messages to different file formats. Types available are txt, html or JSON file formats. Non-premium users can only export in text format.
This feature is available only for premium users. The subscribed version allows you to select and export individual threads by contact name or mobile number. From the main screen of the app, tap the NONE option on the top right side of the screen to deselect all threads. Then, select the desired threads by tapping on the empty check box next to the respective contact name or number. Finally, tap on the bottom red arrow to proceed to the next step of slecting the export format and location.
Yes, this is possible in the premium (paid only) version. To save the export as HTML or JSON instead of plain text, select the respective option following the thread selection step as shown below:
If you have any comments or suggestions about Save My SMS you can contact us by selecting “Feedback” from the settings menu and choose Gmail to type in and send your comments. Remember to hit the send button once you are finished.
You can access the FAQ of the older version here – Save My SMS Version 1