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Android SMS Transfer: Transfer Text Messages from Android to PC

By Emily Watson, Monday, July 8, 2019

You don't want to lose those important messages on your Android phone. Therefore, sometimes you may need to transfer text messages from Android to PC for backup. Or you just want to export text messages from Android to PDF, TXT files on PC for other usages.

Here is a step-to-step guide to show you how to transfer text messages from Android to computer as well as how to make a backup of your Android messages on PC. And if you want to send a text message conversation to email, there is also a quick trick. Read on.


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Transfer Text Messages from Android to Computer

If you want to export your Android messages to your PC, you can try FonePaw DoTrans. DoTrans is a windows application that enables you to copy many data like photos, music, videos, contacts and even text messages from your Android device like SamsungLG, to a computer. In terms of transferring SMS, you can not only use DoTrans to export the messages to your PC but also choose to save them as HTML, plain text or CSV file, which you can convert to PDF file if you want. Let's see how to transfer text messages from Android to a computer with DoTrans.

Step 1: Download and install FonePaw DoTrans

You can free download the application and then install it on your computer. 

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Step 2: Connect your Android device to PC

After downloading and installing the tool, connect your Android device to the computer via a USB cable and you can see the interface as follow. Data on your Android phone will be divided into 7 categories for you to choose from.

Home Connect Android


Note: if USB debugging is closed on your Android phone, the computer will fail to read text messages on the phone. To solve this problem, you can move to the Setting--More Setting--About Phone on your phone to enable USB debugging.

Step 3: Select and transfer your Android messages to PC.

In the left side menu, click Messages, and messages stored in your Android device can be seen. You can preview the content of a certain message by clicking it.

Android Message Select Items


When you decide to copy the Android messages to PC, click the drop-down list to choose a file format (HTML, CSV, TXT) and then save Android messages to computer. Besides, you can also use DoTrans to export all of your Android messages to PC through one-click option.

Android Message Export PC


Back up Android Text Messages to PC

If you export text messages from Android device to make a backup on PC, you can use a professional Android backup tool to help you with that. Android Data Backup & Restore by FonePaw can quickly back up nearly all types of data including text messages, contacts, call history, gallery, video, audio and documents in your Android device to PC. You can choose to back up only text messages from Android to PC or select all data on your Android phone to back up.

Mac Backup Select Data


One important merit of this application is that you are able to encrypt the text messages backups so that the data can be accessed by you only.

After backing up your text messages, you can view the backed up messages on PC any time you need.

Mac Preview Messages


 For more info about Android Data Backup & Restore, you can refer to How to Back up Android Data to PC.

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Copy Text Messages from Android to Email

If you want to transfer your text messages from Android to email, the following steps can be helpful.

To send a text message to an email address on Android devices:

  • Open the Messages app on your Android phone and select one message that you want to transfer.

  • Tap and hold the content of the message, when there are more options, you can tap share (on other Android phones, tap forward ), which will reveal even more options. Choose the email option here.

  • Enter an email address.

  • Tap Send to send the text messages conversation to email.

 Android Messages Email


Note: This guide applies to Android phones of different providers, including Samsung, Pixel, Moto, Xiaomi, Huawei and more. However, not all Android phones have this feature. Some can forward text messages to email while some not.

 That's all for transferring text messages from Android to Computer. Let us know in the comments if you have any questions.

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