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Apps to Backup your Text Messages

Texting is no doubt a big part of our lives these days, but trying to manage all those texts – or find that one message you need now – can be a pain.

A growing number of apps make it simple to back up texts.

SMS Backup & Restore is among the best for creating a backup of your texts. The app saves your messages to cloud-based services like Dropbox and Google Drive, or it can simply send them to email. Users can select specific conversations to back up or have everything backed up automatically. The app is free for Android.

Windows Phone Message Backup provides Windows Phone users the ability to browse and export all messages sent or received. It supports normal SMS text messages, picture messages, group messages, video messages, and pretty much anything else. Messages can be exported as text files or as a picture. The app is free for Windows Phone.

IPhone users have of SMS Export Plus for easy message management. The thing that makes SMS Export Plus different is that it allows for texts to be saved in the most widely used file formats, even a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. It allows users to easily backup contact lists and it works with a Mac or PC. The app is $4.99 for iOS.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.