Transfer Text Messages from Phone to Mac/Windows Computer
Why we need to backup SMS from phone to computer?
You have memorable text messages received from your lover, your friends or your families and you wish to keep them forever. However, you cannot predict what would happen to your phone: You drop your phone, got your phone stolen or damaged, or have your SMS accidentally deleted by someone else. That is why you choose to backup them to your computer. The other reason for transferring SMS to computer is to free up your Android space. If the capacity of the text messages reached a certain degree, you will be prompted that you cannot receive new messages unless you delete some old messages.
However, all saved messages mean a lot for you. You want to make a copy of the text messages on your computer before you delete them from your phone. (You can learn how to recover deleted text messages from Android) Now, we share two different methods to help you transfer SMS from mobile phone to computer, and what you can do if text messages are lost on your phone.
Method 1: Transfer SMS from Android Phone to Computer with Android Assistant
Method 2: Backup Android Text Messages on Computer with Phone Transfer
Method 3: Transfer Android SMS to PC with An Android App
Bonus: How to Read SMS.xml on Computer
Transferring text messages from a cell phone to a personal computer is a simple task once you have Coolmuster Android Assistant (for all Windows versions) or Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac, a one-stop management tool for Android users to transfer files, such as SMS, contacts, photos, videos, music, apps, etc., between Android cell phone and computer. It empowers you with the full ability to manage your Android files on computer (Mac or Windows) directly. With its help, you can effortlessly extract text messages from cell phones and save them on your computer with one click. What is more, you can directly send the messages, even group messages from computer to specific cell phone.
Below is the detailed illustrated guide showing you how to transfer text messages from a cell phone to a computer by using Coolmuster Android Assistant.
Step 1. Connect phone to computer and run the program
To start with, you should connect your phone to an empty USB port on your computer via the data cable. Install and launch the Android managing tool, you will see the program will automatically detect your phone and show its detailed information in the main interface.
Note: Coolmuster Android Assistant is fully compatible with all popular Android phones, including HTC, Google, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Huawei and so on.
2. Scan and preview text messages
All files in your phone’s memory, SIM card, as well as your SD storage card will be scanned out and displayed in above menu bar, including all income and outcome text messages. You can choose the "Contacts" category, click on "All SMS" from the left and preview all the stored messages in details.
Note: By using this program, you can directly send messages from your computer to specific phone number.
3. Choose output path and ready to export
Mark the text messages you want to copy to your computer and then press the "Export" button on the top menu to start the exporting. If you do not want to save the exported text messages in the default output location, you can customize a save location as you want.
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Another way to help coping Android phone text messages to computer is using Phone Transfer. As its name implies, it is specially designed to transfer data between two mobile phones, no matter they are Android phones, iOS devices or Symbian phones. But you can also use it to transfer text messages from your phone to computer and restore the backup file back to your phone freely and easily. 1-click process, without any data quality loss.
Next, we will show you how to use the Phone Transfer to backup your text messages on computer.
Step 1. Double click to launch the Phone Transfer. Connect your phone to the computer and the program will detect the connected phone as soon as possible.
Step 2. Choose "Backup Your Phone" option from the primary interface to enter the backup window. All kinds of data that can be backed up will be listed in the middle.
Step 3. Choose the category of "Text Messages" and click the "Start Transfer" button to backup them on your computer.
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In addition to the desktop software above, there are also many Android SMS backup applications can help you backup your phone SMS on SD card and then you can transfer the backed up SMS from SD card to computer. One of the best Android SMS backup app we want to recommend here is the SMS Backup & Restore.
Step 1. Go to Google Play Store to find the SMS Backup & Restore app, download it on your phone.
Step 2. Launch the app and tap Backup to backup text messages to SD card of your Android phone.
Step 3. Link your Android phone to computer by using a USB cable.
Step 4. Find your Android phone on the computer and open the SD card folder.
Step 5. Find the backed up SMS, which is in .xml file and copy it to your computer
Most Android SMS backup software save the exported text messages as .xml file, .txt file or HTML file. TXT and HTML files can be read on computer directly. To read SMS .xml file, you need to draw support from a third-party tool like Notepad++, which is a free source code editor, allowing you to read the SMS .xml file without any trouble. But you can not edit the .xml file by using this Notepad++, otherwise, the .xml file will be damaged.