Jerry Leventer

How To Backup Cell Phone SMS Text Messages To Excel

January 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Computer Technology & Technical Support

I’ve had my Samsung Galaxy S4 for about a year now, and I decided I wanted to save my text messages to my hard drive as a backup.

I called T-Mobile business tech support and their answer was to visit Google Play Store and use an app that uploads SMS messages to your Gmail account.

I wanted one that exports to Excel, however. So I tried several that install on the computer, but they were either clunky, or didn’t work at all.

Then I tried SMStoExcel APK (Android Application Package file) from the Play Store. It allows you to send your SMS messages in a zip file to your email account. You have the option to password protect the zip file if you want.


  • Backup SMS Text Messages to Excel csv format.
  • Restore messages back to your phone.
  • Upload the backup file to Dropbox or Google Drive.
  • On the Phone or Tablet: View text messages in any Excel-compatible application, such as OfficeSuite, QuickOffice, or Kingsoft Office.
  • Scheduled automatic backup.
  • Option to backup only the messages sent to and from the numbers in your phone’s contact list.
  • Delete messages on your phone.
  • Password protect your backup files.



  • This app does not support MMS (Picture/Audio/Video) messages.
  • Designed for Excel 97-2003 whose spreadsheet has a row limit of 65,535. If your phone has more than 65,535 messages, the app can export them into multiple files.
  • Eliminate advertising by purchasing the Pro version. Currently $0.99 cents.


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