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Where Are Text Messages Stored on Android Phone

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Sometimes you may need to save your Android text messages to a computer so that you can print them out or copy the messages to your email. Or you may lose your precious texts and want to recover them. But you feel panic because you don't know where are the messages stored on your Android phone and whether the deleted texts is recoverable or not.

Don't worry. This article will guide you to find the location of your Android SMS/MMS. And you can also learn how to back up messages on Android to the computer and retrieve the deleted texts.

Android Messages

Part 1: Android text message folder location

Before you try recovering or saving your Android text messages, the first thing you should know is where text messages are stored on your phone. In general, Android SMS are stored in a database in the data folder located in the internal memory of the Android phone. However, the location of database might vary from phone to phone. You can find the texts in the following locations according to your Android version.

Android 4.3 or older:


Android 4.4 or later:


Android 7.0 and above:


Note: Android text messages are stored in SQLite database folder which you can only find on a rooted phone. Also, it is not in a readable format, you need to view it with an SQLite viewer.

Tip: Where are MMS pictures stored on Android?

If you have manually saved the pictures or audios that contained in your received MMS, then you can find them in the Gallery app on your Android device. If not, you can only view your MMS photos in the Messages app.

Part 2:How to save messages on Android to computer folder

You may receive many precious text messages and you want to keep them forever. However, saving all the messages one-by-one means a lot of work for you. Therefore, it is wise to choose a better and more efficient way to back up your Android SMS. FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore can be of great help. It enables you to save everything on your Android mobile to computer (Windows and Mac). With its help, you can effortlessly back up all your text messages to a computer folder with one click or selectively. You can also preview the messages before transferring them.


Step 1: Connect Android to the computer

Install and launch the program on PC and select "Android Data Backup & Restore". Then connect your Android phone to PC and enable USB debugging on the phone.

Android Data Backup & Restore Homepage

Step 2: Start to save SMS

Choose "Device Data Backup" or "One-click Backup" to get started.

Step 3: Select messages to back up

If you choose "Device Data Backup", all supported data will show on the screen. Tick the box to select Messages and then click "Start" to continue.

Select Data Type

Note: If your text messages are important and you don't want anyone else to access them, here I suggest using the encrypted backup option. Just click "Encrypted Backup" to add a password and memorize it well.

When the progress bar reaches 100%, the messages on your Android phone have been successfully saved to the computer. You can restore the text messages from the backup and save the messages in HTML or CSV format.

Part 3:How to find deleted text messages on Android

If you deleted the texts accidentally and don't know where to find them, then you can try FonePaw Android Data Recovery to recover those deleted text messages and MMS. It just needs some simple steps.


Step 1: Run the program and move into "Android Data Recovery". Then connect your phone to the computer and enable USB debugging.

Step 2: When your phone is detected successfully, choose "Messages" and click "Next" to start scanning.

Step 3After scanning, you can see the deleted text messages in detail. Preview them and mark down the messages you need, then click "Recover" to retrieve them back to the computer.

Find Deleted Text Messages on Android

You can view your deleted messages on your computer now.

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