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android-conversation-backup

Purpose: backup and archive text, pictures and other multimedia messages and call logs.

This tool can backup your SMS messages, MMS messages with included attachments, and call records, into a zip archive. You can specify a set of numbers to limit the conversations backed up. Optionally, you can request that those archived messages and/or call logs from your device are deleted. Once backup is done, you can share the zip archive, allowing you store it using any apps on your device which can share (e.g. email, gmail, Google Drive, DropBox, Box, etc).

Primer / Documentation: http://ugorji.net/project/android-conversation-backup
Blog Post: http://ugorji.net/blog/android-conversation-backup
Download on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.ugorji.android.conversationbackup

Development Notes

Google doesn't provide public API's for accessing SMS and MMS.

I had to reverse-engineer the actual android src to know what to do. However, this has been tested and works on Androind 2.3 up to Android 5.0.

Update Checklist

  • In Helper.java, change SAFETY_DEV_MODE to false and update VERSION appropriately
  • in AndroidManifest.xml, increment versionCode (+1) and versionName (to be value of Helper.VERSION plus optional minor version) and set android:debuggable to false