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Anyone here using an iPhone and Android devices at the same time?

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Anyone here using an iPhone and Android devices at the same time?

Just wondering if it's possible to keep SMS and call logs in sync as I switch simcards between my two phones. How do you guys manage this?

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Android should retain your call and SMS history after a sim swap. I know Google does SMS verification, but doesn't tie in your number as part of a Google ID the way Apple does AFAIK. Not sure about what'd happen on an iPhone.

On Android, it's easier to back that stuff up at a device level (plethora of apps to backup sms, my guess is call history should be easy to backup, too). No idea for iPhone and it's walled garden of Eden.
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I carry both an iphone and an android but I dont have a need nor what to sync my call and sms history between the 2 phones. What use case is this? I only know how to do this in the US ... and its through google voice.
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There are apps that will let you back up SMS and call log, and restore back, on the Android side but they used to require root to fully work properly. Never tried doing that kind of restore on the iPhone side that wasn't directly from an iCloud backup, though, so not sure how that would work in the iPhone side.
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wearysky wrote: There are apps that will let you back up SMS and call log, and restore back, on the Android side but they used to require root to fully work properly. Never tried doing that kind of restore on the iPhone side that wasn't directly from an iCloud backup, though, so not sure how that would work in the iPhone side.
There are android apps that do sms and call log backups without the root. Backup can be saved locally or cloud storage. I used this app called SMS backup & restore recently. Worked as advertised.
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I use an app called mysms that you install on android. On iPhone, you can see the texts and missed calls and send texts from your iPhone through the android using the app. Also works on desktop too.
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jdayellow wrote: I use an app called mysms that you install on android. On iPhone, you can see the texts and missed calls and send texts from your iPhone through the android using the app. Also works on desktop too.
My wife does this because she has an Apple Watch. She kept her old iPhone and it's always at home, connected to WIFI. She'll have her Google Pixel 2 XL with her always, so texts push from there to the rest of the iOS devices. It's not very intuitive, but at least she didn't have to get rid of her Apple Watch. The downside is that she has to keep an iPhone idle that otherwise could have been sold on Kijiji.
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titaniumtux wrote: Android should retain your call and SMS history after a sim swap. I know Google does SMS verification, but doesn't tie in your number as part of a Google ID the way Apple does AFAIK. Not sure about what'd happen on an iPhone.

On Android, it's easier to back that stuff up at a device level (plethora of apps to backup sms, my guess is call history should be easy to backup, too). No idea for iPhone and it's walled garden of Eden.
Are you saying that if I switch sim card from my S8 to a future Essential, it'll move my call history and SMS over automatically? I don't even need to back it up?

I don't really need to back up all of the other stuff. Whatever random photo I take on my Android devices, it's automatically backed up by Google Photos. All of my emails are in the cloud.

What app do you recommend to back up SMS and call history and keep it in sync between all of my Android devices?
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taro-chan wrote: I carry both an iphone and an android but I dont have a need nor what to sync my call and sms history between the 2 phones. What use case is this? I only know how to do this in the US ... and its through google voice.
With regards to call history, it's not a big deal, but it's nice to have everything all in one place. As for SMS, it's hard to keep track of a conversation if some messages are on my iPhone and the others are on my S8.

My iPhone is really my main phone and I made that decision because I already invested in Apple's ecosystem. I do have an iPad and a MacBook. I'm starting to reconsider and just make my S8 my main device since it's much easier to backup these information on Android than iOS. I probably use my iPhone more like an iPod Touch.
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wearysky wrote: There are apps that will let you back up SMS and call log, and restore back, on the Android side but they used to require root to fully work properly. Never tried doing that kind of restore on the iPhone side that wasn't directly from an iCloud backup, though, so not sure how that would work in the iPhone side.
Why do I have to root? Is it possible to root both the Essential and the S8 with the latest updates? Which app do you recommend to backup SMS and call logs?
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Sgt_Strider wrote: Are you saying that if I switch sim card from my S8 to a future Essential, it'll move my call history and SMS over automatically? I don't even need to back it up?

I don't really need to back up all of the other stuff. Whatever random photo I take on my Android devices, it's automatically backed up by Google Photos. All of my emails are in the cloud.

What app do you recommend to back up SMS and call history and keep it in sync between all of my Android devices?
No, switching sim cards won't move call history and SMS over. I don't think people are understanding what you were trying to do. Most of the replies here seem to be about making back ups.

I can't think of a way for you to sync between iOS and Android when a lot of iPhone messages are probably iMessage related.

Now if it was Android to Android, there's an SMS app called Pulse SMS. If you pay for the full version, it basically lets you send SMS/MMS from a bunch of different platforms and it works by syncing the messages through their servers (supposedly encrypted). I can't say I've used it myself though but it's a fairly popular app.
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Dave98 wrote: No, switching sim cards won't move call history and SMS over. I don't think people are understanding what you were trying to do. Most of the replies here seem to be about making back ups.

I can't think of a way for you to seamlessly keep all these things in sync between devices, especially between iOS and Android when a lot of iPhone messages are probably iMessage related.
What about moving call history between Android devices?
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Sgt_Strider wrote: What about moving call history between Android devices?
See my edit above for SMS. I can't think of a way to sync call history unless you use a Pixel phone. I know call history is backed up to your Google accounts. But that's more of a Pixel phone thing than an Android thing
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Dave98 wrote: See my edit above for SMS. I can't think of a way to sync call history unless you use a Pixel phone. I know call history is backed up to your Google accounts. But that's more of a Pixel phone thing than an Android thing
Not sure if that is very secure or not. So there are no apps that will backup SMS on one phone and then move it over to another phone to keep everything in sync?
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Sgt_Strider wrote: Not sure if that is very secure or not. So there are no apps that will backup SMS on one phone and then move it over to another phone to keep everything in sync?
Sync apps like Resilio Sync or Syncthing might work for this situation. You'd have to determine what file(s) to sync. This might work.

Other apps being recommended in this thread involve backing up and then manually restoring. I don't think that's what you're trying to achieve if you're constantly switching phones.
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Dave98 wrote: Sync apps like Resilio Sync or Syncthing might work for this situation. You'd have to determine what file(s) to sync. This might work.

Other apps being recommended in this thread involve backing up and then manually restoring. I don't think that's what you're trying to achieve if you're constantly switching phones.
Thanks for the suggestion.

I can't seem to find anything that will do it automatically. I guess if I have to do it manually, even once a week might not be a bad idea. However, will the SMS backup apps be smart enough to know how to sort the messages (say by time stamp?)?

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