Hi Guys! I have avoided using SMS for years now, because it used to be a rip-off. But on a new account it was very cheap, so I have finally started to use it. I will be using it mainly on my LG C710h ("ShinePlus") with Android 2.3.3 (probably stock). There does not seem to be a way to save the messages as a normal text file.
Is there an App that will save messages I have received and have sent to a text file? I want to keep on using the standard App because all the 3rd party Apps seem to want to force you to use a different server system, which I do not trust.
If not, does anyone know where the data file is, so I can copy it manually?
July 7, 2012
I have probably found a partial answer. Titanium Backup apparently saves all the SMS information in an XML file. I will need to root the ShinePlus, install Titanium Backup, install Superuser, and then to a backup, and then dig around until I find the right XML file.
July 8, 2012
First step: I successfully rooted the LG C710h (firmware "V20b") with SuperOneClick 220.127.116.11. I have installed Superuser and Titanium Backup. So in theory, all I have to do is run a backup and then poke around the output files.
July 8, 2012 (Later)
Well, that was a failure. Titanium Backup does list this capability, but only for the paid version. In the long run, I do not feel bad about paying for it (about $7 US is not much) but the possible problems of making the payment, and security risks always bother me. I will have to think about this a while. If I find another way to get this done, then that might be what I will do.
Last edited by Mobile01; 07-08-2012 at 08:07 PM.
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I ended up using "SMS Backup & Restore" by Ritesh Sahu, currently version 5.92. This program creates a backup in XML format in "/mnt/sdcard/SMSBackupRestore/". The XML file is essentially a text file, so I can use a common text editor to read it. It would be nice if it had an option to store the data in a really "plain" text file, but I do not really expect to be looking at back messages that often. If I do, then theoretically, I write a program to strip out the XML wrapping.
This is a free program. As I write this, I cannot remember if it needs "root" privilege. I would expect that it does. My phone was rooted before anyway, so it was not an issue.