How to import and export SMS on Android

HTC DreamHere’s another useful information for lucky people with an Android phone (only a single model is available on the market, at the time of this post: the HTC Dream, also known as “G1″): one of the most annoying problems for Android users is that they can’t export their sent and received SMS, to stock them on the PC and – maybe – to import them back on another Android phone.

I want to thanks a user from the forum on modMyGphone.com, so I discovered that our SMS and MMS are stored in this file, in the phone’s memory:
/data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db

So, root users can copy them all on the SD card with a simple and single command from the terminal:
cp /data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db /sdcard

This file must be copied on the PC and it can be copied back on the phone (for example, after a format) to recover messages. You can also browse it from your computer with a – more or less – comfortable way, using a SQLite client (for example: SQLite Database Browser).

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