Easy & Cheap: Backing Up Your Text Messages on a Droid

by Dru Bloomfield on April 13, 2011

View of Backup Folders

Here’s one of the very best tips I got at RE BarCamp last week:

“Backup to Gmail” is  a Droid application that you can download immediately from the Marketplace.

This is a MUST HAVE type of app for any REALTOR®.

Download and install it, and then your call log, multi-media messages and simple text messages are backed up to your Gmail account in folders called “Call Log”, “MMS” and “SMS.”

It’s easy, simple AND cheap.

Cost: $1.99

With this app, or something similar like Backup SMS+,you will have a history of your conversations with clients, office and servicers, which is searchable.  And, as we become more and more reliant on texting as a way of communicating in our business, it’s absolutely critical to be able to document and track our conversations, easily and effectively.

Sample Text Backup

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Dru Bloomfield

REALTOR® with Realty ONE Group, blogging AtHomeInScottsdale. A wanna be photographer, with a Twitter profile that describes me as: Creative, connected, collaborative, strategic, effective. Energetic, healthy, happy. Tad irreverent. Focused. Fun.

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Victor Lund April 14, 2011 at 10:01 am

If you have an iPhone, you have two choices. Plug the phone in to back it up (free but not real time).

Purchase a mobile me subscription that keeps everything backed up, and provides an extra cool feature. If you misplace your phone, you can lock it, send a message to it, and locate it on GPS from any computer or ipad or other iphone.

Ed Pattermann April 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Great tip Dru. Thank you for posting! –Ed

Dru Bloomfield April 17, 2011 at 6:23 am

Victor, Thanks for the iPhone recommendations. Really good for users to know.

Ed, You are welcome!

Ed Pattermann April 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

My pleasure.

Btw, I have confirmed that “Backup to Gmail” also works with Google Apps (not all Gmail apps do).

Which is great for Google Apps users.

– Ed

Jay Thompson April 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

Another option, though maybe not as elegant, is to take a screen shot of the text message and drop it into Evernote or Dropbox. Screen shot an iPhone by pressing home & power buttons. No idea how to do it on a droid, but surely it can be done.

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