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Back Up and Restore Your Text Messages

Back up important text messages to your phone’s storage or to your email account.

Back Up Text Messages

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > messages app icon Messages.
  2. On the All messages screen, tap more options icon > Back up/Restore SMS > Back up.
  3. Tap OK > Back up SMS.
  4. Choose whether you want to protect the backup file with a password.
  5. Enter a name for your backup file, and then tap OK.

Back Up Text Messages Using Mail

Important: You need to set up your email account in Mail.

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > messages app icon Messages.
  2. On the All messages screen, tap more options icon > Back up/Restore SMS > Back up.
  3. Tap OK > Back up SMS via mail.
  4. Choose whether you want to protect the backup file with a password.
  5. Select the email app to use. The email app compose screen opens with the backup file attached.
  6. Enter your email address.
  7. Compose and send your email message.

Note: To restore your text messages on your phone, open the email message with the backup file attachment from the Mail application. Tap the attachment to open the Restore SMS screen and then tap the backup file to restore your text messages.

Restore Text Messages

You can only restore text messages that were exported using the Back up SMS feature.

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon > messages app icon Messages.
  2. On the All messages screen, tap more options icon > Back up/Restore SMS > Restore.
  3. Select a restore setting, and tap Next.
  4. Tap the backup file to import.
  5. Enter the password, and tap OK.