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Importing SMS/MMS into Android Messages

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  • Sep 13th, 2017 4:36 pm
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Importing SMS/MMS into Android Messages

Just got a new phone and I'm trying to import my texts into Android Messages (the made by Google texting app) . This is my first time doing this since Android Messages didn't exist the last time I switched devices.

So, I used SMS Backup and Restore to export and import the sms. Every other app seems to see the messages except Android Messages which shows a blank list.

Googling this issue comes up with a bunch of old generic nonsense not specific to the Android Messages app. Anyone have any ideas?
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Jr. Member
Aug 23, 2017
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Would be interested in knowing the answer. Currently using the same App to back up messages. But didn't have a req to import as yet.
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Try deleting the android messages app and reinstalling after the restore has taken place. It should share the universal MMS database on the phone.

Can also try a manual overwrite.

When connected to old phone:
adb pull /data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db c:\mmssms_backup.db

Connected to new phone, reverse it to an ADB push
adb push c:\mmssms_backup.db /data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db

Note this will overwrite the current db on the phone so you'd only have texts from the old phone.
If you need them merged you'd need to find an app for that or have some SQL knowledge.
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Hello- wrote:
Sep 13th, 2017 8:17 am
Just got a new phone and I'm trying to import my texts into Android Messages (the made by Google texting app) . This is my first time doing this since Android Messages didn't exist the last time I switched devices.

So, I used SMS Backup and Restore to export and import the sms. Every other app seems to see the messages except Android Messages which shows a blank list.

Googling this issue comes up with a bunch of old generic nonsense not specific to the Android Messages app. Anyone have any ideas?
This is not going to help you now. But it does if you start afresh with a new phone (and a new SMS app that allows you full blown record)
Get a new Textmeup (VOIP app) in Google Play , get a free Canadian #, start texting right away and receiving free incoming call. Outgoing call costs 2 cents a minute almost worldwide.
All your SMS contacts and conversations will be on your desktop (via a browser accessing textmeup.com ) with zero advertisement.
Say you text on your cell and in a few days you need to look at what they were. You can easily have everything on the desktop(Windows/Linux/wherever there is a browser)
And you can use your full blown keyboard (plus copy and paste) to type out SMS . Your buddies will be shocked by the length (and lack of spelling mistake) of your SMS
Daniel

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