How do I export my text messages from either my Android phone, or from the Android Messages web interface, with the timestamps?



  • This question is referring to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging . For Signal and WhatsApp, there are either tools (or just copy paste) that allow you to export messages to a plain text file in this format:

    [2022-01-29 13:43] Me: Hello
    [2022-01-29 13:47] Other person: Hello to you too
    

    Copy paste from the web interface doesn't work; that just gives output like this:

    Hello
    Hello to you too
    

    I backup my phone to Google Drive, but that isn't browse-able. I can browse my phone's folders through Windows Explorer when I connect my phone to Windows with a USB cable, but that doesn't show the data folder. There are also solutions like the SMS Backup+ app that copies each text message to Gmail as a separate email, but that's not the right solution either, and is very unwieldy to convert into a text file.

    adb solutions are fine as long as they work with an unrooted phone.

    Is there a solution here? I have a unrooted Pixel 5a running Android 12.



  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore can create local xml files in following format

    /storage/emulated/0/SMSBackupRestore/sms-20220130231717.xml

    
    
    



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