Effectively Backing Up Text Messages and Call Logs (For Free)

Whether one is involved in litigation, or is doing business and wants to maintain accurate records, or is exchanging text messages in a personal or professional capacity, or receiving calls from pertinent persons, sometimes people just want to back up their call logs and text messages, so that they can get rid of them from their phone (and free up some space) while, at the same time, saving those previous call logs and text messages for future reference or retrieval.

The good news is that we found an app that (as of the date of this post, at least) is totally free and performs the functions of backing up text messages and call logs, so they can be retrieved or printed. Don’t get the wrong idea that this app will record your calls; if you want to perform call recording, that is another matter and, for compliance and privacy issues (each of which is a rather expansive discussion), we will not discuss that issue here.

However, if you want to back up your call logs and text messages at no charge, follow these simple steps (this instructional assumes that you are using an android based device – if you use an iPhone or another device, you should be able to accomplish similar results, although the underlying app and means by which you achieve the results will likely vary a little, depending on what apps are available to your particular device):

  • If you do not already have one, obtain a free Gmail account. You can get one at https://www.gmail.com/. When creating your Gmail account, implement a desirable username and a good/strong password (it is good practice to do this at the outset as it saves you time in the future because you will not have to change the password frequently and you will not have the urge to change your username if you made it desirable at the outset). If you already have a Gmail account, you can, obviously, bypass this step, unless you want to create a separate account for this purpose.
  • On your telephone, tablet, or similar android-based device upon which you are receiving calls and sending text messages, and desire to back up those text messages and call logs, download the app called, “SMS Backup+”. An image of what the app should like is as follows:


  • Once you download the app, you need to set the app’s settings. The most notable setting will be your backup LOCATION (which will be to your new or current Gmail account). You can also adjust other settings, such as automatic back up or manual backup based on anticipated WiFi connectivity and personal desires, but these settings can be adjusted subsequently at any time and will be based on your own personal preferences.
  • After the backup LOCATION is set in the app, the app will automatically create separate folders in your new or current Gmail account to back up your SMS (text messages) and call logs — an initial/manual backup might be required to accomplish this. These new folders should be become denoted in the left side of your folder-list within your new or current Gmail account.
  • Now that you are using your app to backup text messages and call logs, you can delete the clutter from your phone (and free up space) and the text messages and call logs will remain backed up in your Gmail folder(s).
  • The text messages can be printed in much the same way as emails are printed, in singular to/from format that people are accustomed to seeing. In some cases, your telephone number might be replaced with your Gmail address, which, for purposes of backing up the texts and call logs with this app, will become synonymous (for this reason, and as I mentioned above, you probably want to create a desirable username, so, for example, when you print text messages you are not identified by some inappropriate username, such as “hotNsassy@gmail.com” or “KingNaughty@gmail.com” – this would probably not go over very well if you were to, later, present the messages or logs as evidence of your due diligence, character, or competence).

The text messages can also be “recovered” back to your phone via the Gmail and app settings, so you can see them as you did when they were being exchanged.

As always when trying out something new, check-in to confirm that the folder(s) have been created (i.e. in the Gmail account) and that your backed up records are actually there before you delete the original/underlying information; you might need to refresh the Gmail account once or twice or perform a first-time manual backup (as noted above), notwithstanding your peripheral settings in the app. In any circumstance, never delete records you want to keep, until you are able to confirm that your new technology has done what it is supposed to do.

There are many apps out there that perform similar functions. Some are free while others are not. If you want an app that is more phone-computer-interface friendly, you may have to pay for that, but this is an economical way to accomplish the desired result.

No matter which app you choose, if the app uses an email address as its backup location, you should always setup an account that is not based on a paid service provider (such as Comcast, AT&T, or other similar email address) because if you ever decide to change your internet service provider, you will likely lose access to the service-based email account.

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Posted by: cbusey on April 30, 2016
Posted in: News