By Kelsey twitter / Last Updated May 6, 2021

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Can I backup text messages to Google Drive?

“I have some important text messages on my Android phone and I want to make a backup version of them. I have a Google Drive account, so, can I backup text messages to Google Drive to prevent accidental message loss? If you know the steps to achieve that, please reply to me! Thanks in advance!”

The text messages on your phone

Although more and more prefer to communicate with each other via social media like WhatsApp nowadays, there are some people still be accustomed to using the old ancient way of messaging, i.e. text messages.

In the view of many users, text messages (also known as SMS, short message service) can be fast and easy. And sometimes, users are prone to delivering important messages through text messages.

And some companies still prefer sending any personal message through text messages.

Therefore, there may be some important text messages like precious blessings, important conversations, security-related updates and OTP, etc. on your phone and you may want to make a backup version of these important text messages.

Why backup text messages to Google Drive?

Nowadays, many users use Google Drive as backup solution for the following reasons:

For data security: Backing up text messages to Google Drive can keep them far away from your device. Thus, even if you lose your phone, your text messages are kept safely in your Google Drive and you can restore them to a new phone at any time.

For easier access: As we all know, Google Drive offers different apps for different devices to help users access their files in Google Drive anywhere. Therefore, if you back up the text messages to Google Drive, you can view them on your computer or tablets also.

For more phone storage: Too many text messages on your phone will take up some storage space. So, backing the text messages to Google Drive and then delete them on your phone will free up some space.

For data transfer: As mentioned above, if you have a backup version of text messages in Google Drive, you can restore them to a new phone. Therefore, if you buy a new phone, you can also move your text messages between two phones in this way.

How to backup text messages to Google Drive from Android?

Actually, it is quite easy to back up text messages to Google Drive on android because if you're on Android 8 or later, Android lets you back up your app data, contacts, device settings, call history, and SMS text messages to Google Drive automatically. And whenever you need them, you can also easily restore them when you sign in to a new Android phone.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app from your home screen or your app drawer.

Step 2. Scroll down and tap Accounts.

Step 3. Tap on Google (or System) and tap the toggle next to Back up to Google Drive to turn it on.

Note: If you have more than one Google account associated with your phone, tap the primary account you set your phone up with.

Step 4. Tap Back up now. You will see SMS text messages towards the bottom of the screen along with the backup information. Choose text messages to backup.

Backup Sms To Google Drive

How to save text messages from iPhone to Google Drive?

Apple users can backup their iPhone data like text messages, contacts, and calendar events to Google Drive. If you don’t know how to save text messages from iPhone to Google Drive, please refer to the following steps.

Step 1. Download and install the Google Drive app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Open the app and tap the hamburger menu at the top left.

Step 3. Tap the gear icon for Settings at the top and Tap ‘Backup.’

Step 4. Hit the option called Start Backup.

Google Drive On Iphone

Tips for backing up text messages to Google Drive

In the following contents, we will add some information about backing up text messages to Google Drive you may want to know. And we will take the android phone as an example to show you the steps.

Tip 1. How to view backup text messages on Google Drive?

Step 1. Download the Google Drive app from Google Play and launch it on your phone.

Step 2. Open the side menu and tap Backups.

Step 3. You would see the most recent backup at the top. Click on it and then confirm the backup date/time for your SMS.

View Sms In Google Drive

Tip 2. How to restore text messages from Google Drive?

After backing up, you would see the most recent backup in your Google Drive and you can easily restore your messages into any Android phone by downloading them manually or logging in your Google account into the new phone.

Step 1. Download the Google Drive app from Google Play and launch it on your phone.

Step 2. Find the text messages that you want to download and click the three-point option. Choose Download in the menu.

Download From Google Drive Phone

Conclusion

You can follow the steps above to backup text messages to Google Drive. Actually, besides text messages, you can also backup WhatsApp to Google Drive or backup Outlook emails to Google Drive. Don’t forget to backup your important data to Google Drive for data security!

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