SMS Backup+ APK

Version 1.6.0-BETA2 - com.zegoggles.smssync
Last updated: 2020-05-18

Backup SMS, MMS and call history to Gmail, Google Calendar or IMAP.

APP Information

Download Version 1.6.0-BETA2 (1602)
Apk Size2.40 MB
App DeveloperJan Berkel
Malware CheckTRUSTED
Install on Android4.0.x and up
App Packagecom.zegoggles.smssync.apk

Download SMS Backup+ 1.6.0-BETA2 APK

App Description

SMS Backup+ is zegoggles,smssync,tools,backup+, content rating is Everyone (PEGI-3). This app is rated 4.11 by 9 users who are using this app. To know more about the company/developer, visit Jan Berkel website who developed it. com.zegoggles.smssync.apk apps can be downloaded and installed on Android 4.0.x and higher Android devices. The Latest Version of 1.6.0-BETA2 Available for download. Download the app using your favorite browser and click Install to install the application. Please note that we provide both basic and pure APK files and faster download speeds than APK Mirror. This app APK has been downloaded 43360+ times on store. You can also download com.zegoggles.smssync APK and run it with the popular Android Emulators.

Automatically backup your SMS, MMS and call history with a separate label in Gmail and Google Calendar.

Later you can restore the saved data (except MMS) back to the phone, especially useful when switching to a new device.

IMAP access needs to be manually enabled in Gmail, see the website and FAQ for more information. You can of course use your own IMAP server for backups, giving you full control over your data.

SMS Backup+ is a free open-source project which has been in active development since the early days of Android, completely ad and tracking-free, supported through voluntary donations.

Many thanks to the numerous people who have donated, contributed feedback, code or translations – detailed credits can be found in the app or on the website.

App ChangeLog

  • * More reliable auto backups
  • * Material UI with light/dark themes
  • * Runtime permissions on Android 6.0+

App Screens

SMS Backup+ App Screen 1SMS Backup+ App Screen 2SMS Backup+ App Screen 3SMS Backup+ App Screen 4

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requires following permissions on your android device.

android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows an application to view the status of all networks.
android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows an application to view the information about the status of Wi-Fi.
android.permission.FOREGROUND_SERVICE: Unknown permission from android reference
android.permission.GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows an application to access the list of accounts known by the phone.
android.permission.INTERNET: Allows an application to create network sockets.
android.permission.READ_CALENDAR: Allows an application to read all of the calendar events stored on your phone. Malicious applications can use this to send your calendar events to other people.
android.permission.READ_CALL_LOG: Allows an application to read the user's call log.
android.permission.READ_CONTACTS: Allows an application to read all of the contact (address) data stored on your phone. Malicious applications can use this to send your data to other people.
android.permission.READ_SMS: Allows application to read SMS messages stored on your phone or SIM card. Malicious applications may read your confidential messages.
android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to start itself as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the application to slow down the overall phone by always running.
android.permission.RECEIVE_SMS: Allows application to receive and process SMS messages. Malicious applications may monitor your messages or delete them without showing them to you.
android.permission.USE_CREDENTIALS: Allows an application to request authentication tokens.
android.permission.WAKE_LOCK: Allows an application to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
android.permission.WRITE_CALENDAR: Allows an application to add or change the events on your calendar, which may send emails to guests. Malicious applications can use this to erase or modify your calendar events or to send emails to guests.
android.permission.WRITE_CALL_LOG: Allows an application to write (but not read) the user's contacts data.
android.permission.WRITE_CONTACTS: Allows an application to modify the contact (address) data stored on your phone. Malicious applications can use this to erase or modify your contact data.
android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to the SD card.
android.permission.WRITE_SMS: Allows application to write to SMS messages stored on your phone or SIM card. Malicious applications may delete your messages. Unknown permission from android reference
view network connections
Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.

view Wi-Fi connections
Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.

Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.

find accounts on the device
Allows the app to get the list of accounts known by the phone. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.

full network access
Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

read calendar events plus confidential information
Allows the app to read all calendar events stored on your phone, including those of friends or co-workers. This may allow the app to share or save your calendar data, regardless of confidentiality or sensitivity.

read call log
Allows the app to read your phone's call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge.

read your contacts
Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you've called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.

read your text messages (SMS or MMS)
Allows the app to read SMS messages stored on your phone or SIM card. This allows the app to read all SMS messages, regardless of content or confidentiality.

run at startup
Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.

receive text messages (SMS)
Allows the app to receive and process SMS messages. This means the app could monitor or delete messages sent to your device without showing them to you.

prevent phone from sleeping
Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.

add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners' knowledge
Allows the app to add, remove, change events that you can modify on your phone, including those of friends or co-workers. This may allow the app to send messages that appear to come from calendar owners, or modify events without the owners' knowledge.

write call log
Allows the app to modify your phone's call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. Malicious apps may use this to erase or modify your call log.

modify your contacts
Allows the app to modify the data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you've called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific contacts. This permission allows apps to delete contact data.

edit your text messages (SMS or MMS)
Allows the app to write to SMS messages stored on your phone or SIM card. Malicious apps may delete your messages.

In-App billing
In-app Billing on Google Play provides a straightforward, simple interface for sending In-app Billing requests and managing In-app Billing transactions using Google Play.


Certificate Issuer:C:DE, CN:Jan Berkel, L:Berlin,, ST:Berlin, OU:Unknown
Certificate Subject:C:DE, CN:Jan Berkel, L:Berlin,, ST:Berlin, OU:Unknown







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Google Play Reviews

  1. Stan Nidrah-avatar

    This stopped working for me & I wasn't happy. I tried everything I knew under the sun...nada. So, I came back to Google Play Store to see what everyone else was saying. I give credit to Leon Real who said he downloaded the Microsoft Edge Browser and authenticated SMS Backup through Edge. Today, I did the same, & worked. I'm back in the game!!! Thanks to Leon "the real problem solver" Real, who provided the info. Credits to LR!!! Now everyone can be back in the game.

  2. Brandy B.-avatar

    UPDATED: Sadly, the Firefox work around no longer works as Google is still blocking it! Please fix this issue. Thanks! 2.3.2020 --- The app stopped working but there is a workaround for it by downloading Mozilla Firefox and doing the authentication through that browser, instead of Chrome. Thanks for the information/review, Chris Miranda (9/15/19). :)

  3. Danielle Hinton-avatar

    Danielle Hinton


    I know a lot of people are upset with this app because Google changed their settings. It is well known on the internet too. However, some tech guys have come up with a work around the new new settings. If you Google sms backup then you should get the work around information. I would recommend contacting Google too and complain they are messing with your phone apps.

  4. Montsho Gallardo-avatar

    Montsho Gallardo


    I'm truly sad and disappointed ! This was an AWESOME app. It did everything that I wanted it to, it was user friendly and easy to use. I had been using this app for 5+ years up until a few months ago it stopped working. The error messages that I recieve are "could not get token from sysytem..." and "sign in with google temporarily disabled for this app". At first I thought perhaps it was my phone, but I got the same messages after got a new phone. My current phone is a Galaxy note 10+, my previous phone was a galaxy S10+. I hope my issue is addressed and fixed soon, I hate to say goodbye.

  5. Jose Rivera-avatar

    The app used to be GREAT (hands down!!) however, it's discontinued and currently left as a dead app. Google no longer allows the app to connect it to your account for backup purposes, defeating the whole premise behind the app. If developer takes back the app, I'll download it again in a heartbeat.

  6. Leslie Moore-avatar

    Contrary to the one-star reviews, the app works perfectly at the time of writing in January 2020 - just not with the Gmail oAuth sign-in. Gmail needs to be manually configured as an IMAP server in the app settings. Once these settings are configured (not an overly difficult process), the app works as intended.

  7. Josie Wake-avatar

    Great app that I've used for years. In August it stopped connecting with Gmail because Google changed app permissions and the app hasn't been updated in a while. I found a workaround online where you have to connect to Gmail through IMAP settings. It took about 5 minutes, but it's now working again.

  8. David Piehn-avatar

    I don't understand why Jan Berkel would not fix this app to function without having to use a workaround. It is still the best for backing up sms/mms. It seems he's missing out on a lot of potential money because most people don't want to bother with it. I'd gladly pay $3. Come on Mr. Berkel! Get with the program! Working great for me, but you're missing out!

  9. Joseph Saenz-avatar

    This was an awesome product at one time. But now that Gmail has changed it settings you can no longer backup to Gmail. I have tried contacting SMS backup and restore+, but until now there has been no response. I believe that they have shut down. So I wouldn't advise downloading this app. Update: Apparently this is a dead app. Support for this app are no longer available because they're not there. However, I don't know why the Play Store hasn't removed the app. 😕

  10. John Carey-avatar

    LOVE THIS APP! The solo star is because even though Google broke it with an API change, the app's creator didn't alert users to the problem. I'm going along fat, dumb, and happy thinking everything was getting backed up as usual until I came across another user's comments and investigated the problem. Thank goodness for the Android Police article stepping through the simple work-around to get the app working again. My "archive" of messages is a critical to my work, sanity, and that of my clients not to mention family (see reference to sanity). It's a great app, but really the creator needed to WARN users and even direct them to the solution. Here's hoping the issue will be resolved and we'll hear about it from the app creator and not through the grapevine.

  11. rebecca jolly-avatar

    Gmail problem- if you want the app to work go into your Gmail account and under the account main settings. Go to security on the left side. Scroll down to the section that says less secure app access. Turn it on and then it should work no problem. Make sure to check your imap settings.

  12. Sleeping Zeep-avatar

    Great idea but needs allot of work. Automatic backup having issues. App force closes when going into Advance settings>Backup settings>Contacts to Backup. Is this a dead/no longer supported app? Had not been updated recently and am needing support. Also recently turned on advanced protection on my Google accounts and now app passwords will not work. Is there a fix? Is someone working on a fix? Or do you have another app to provide the same functionality but will work with today's standards?

  13. Leon Real-avatar

    Finally found a workaround for getting this to work. My sync stopped around June I think. Anyways, all I did was installed Microsoft Edge. I reckon you can use any other browser too. I configured Edge as my default browser, instead of Chrome. I then accessed this app and was able to authenticate and authorise my gmal account with this app. Everything is syncing fine now. Only thing I need to test now, is whether reverting to Chrome browser as default will deAuthorize again.

  14. S S-avatar

    Having the same problem with this app as others: it worked fine until about mid 2019, then I suddenly started getting XOAuth error messages and prompting to enable IMAP in my Gmail settings. Doing so didn't help; the app still doesn't connect to my Gmail account, so still can't back anything up. Uninstall/reinstall and deleting/re-adding my Gmail account to the app didn't help either. Frustrated that this has been an issue for almost an entire year and the dev still hasn't addressed it.

  15. Shoshke-Rayzl Yuni-avatar

    Shoshke-Rayzl Yuni


    I used to love this app. It dumped a copy of all my SMS messages into a Gmail folder, which was very handy. Apparently Google changed something and so this App has not worked since August, 4 months ago! The App company never told me, which is bad. Even worse, they can't fix this in four months? Look, if Google won't cooperate, it would be ok to view my SMS backup in a non-Google app. But this is irresponsible to just leave so many customers hanging!

  16. JJ Brahma-avatar

    It Still Works! Google (gmail) changed the rules and notified everyone; however, Google didn't tell anyone how to continue using the app. Since I've been using the app for years I wanted to know how to get it to work again. All you have to do is tell Google to allow it to run as a "less secure app." In other words turn on less secure apps and you'll be good to go. I do agree that the Developer should have notified us and didn't but, it does still work with the push of a button. Hope this helps!

  17. Rachael Kelly-avatar

    So, I had this app before and it worked well. Some time ago; google stopped supporting this so the app stopped working. I need to get my text messages printed for work so I downloaded this app again thinking that all my problems are solved since there are recent reviews in Dec 2019...#wrong. The app downloads fine but then that is all that works. Once the app downloaded--nothing happened. I can't back up and I can't restore. I keep getting error messages --kinda like an app that does nothing!

  18. Frank KP Chow-avatar

    Have been using this app for years, but in the past year, it doesn't meet Gmail requirements and nothing was done to fix it. Now it cannot signin to Gmail saying IMAP is not enabled when it is. As someone said, this may be a no longer support app.

  19. Hassan Maje-avatar

    from 8Aug2019 suddenly the app does not sync with Gmail. please help and fix. After the above post I managed to fix by researching on internet. This was on or about 15/Aug 2019. However I see another Android device on my Google Account whose first login date shows 15/Aug 2019 and another date of 31/Dec 2019. The contentious device is shown as logged in via Firefox which is the browser I had used to fix and get the SMS Backup+ App get going again. This App probably has hacked my Google Account.

  20. Melissa Sitzman-avatar

    Melissa Sitzman


    All was well until August 2019. That's when this app stopped backing up my call logs and messages. However, I looked up the work around on 1/24/2020 & all my text messages are being backed up, right now! So, before you leave a one star review, follow the instructions online!

  21. CCK Bush-avatar

    This is (or should I say was) the best back up app! It's is easy to set up and consistantly does exactly what it says it will do. In July 2019 Google caused it to stop working. But now there is a fix! I will be re-installing what was, one of my favorite, apps. There is alot of other back up apps that come close, but none I've found does what SMS Backup+ does as well! Thanks A Returning Loyal User

  22. Cameron Head-avatar

    I wish users would stop blaming the app developer for it no longer working. I do believe the developer should work to get the authentication fixed, however IMAP works just fine for the time. Its super simple to set up too, all you need is the imap server, your username and password. I'm only knocking a star because while this workaround works, this really needs to be changed for convenience sake. This is the best non-root backup method on the market, and I would love to see it flourish once more! IF google won't cooperate, then possibly look into another backup option, like dropbox, or a file transfer or something of the sorts.

  23. pitafun-avatar

    This is one of the best app I've had and worked flawless for years till Google decided to change their system! I can't blame this app or say anything bad. We need to inform Google that they need to allow this app to work with their system again! Too many phones and email accounts to change just because of Google! So disappointing!

  24. Paul Birabil-avatar

    It was the best SMS BACKUP app I've ever used. Saves it directly to SMS folder on my Google mail. However, Google not allowing me to login again. There was this login error when I tried to log in to the SMS BACKUP+ app after being redirected to the browser on my android phone. Below is the error message: Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app This app has not yet been verified by Google in order to use Google Sign in. Please, try to fix the error because I love the app.

  25. carlondra Haywood-avatar

    carlondra Haywood


    This app is not backing up any of my incoming messages. When I look in my Gmail account, it looks like I have been corresponding with myself. Also it is not backing up my messages at the time that I specified. I have to go in and manually hit back up. Sometimes when I do this, it tells me that there is nothing to back up but I can clearly see at least 30-50 messages that are missing from my SMS backup in my Gmail account. At this point I am so annoyed

  26. K WILLIAMSON-avatar

    I use to love this app, but now google will no longer allow you to backup your info. When you try to connect it gives the following error: Could not get token from system. Do you want to try the browser authentication method? Once you hit okay another error occurs: Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app. This app has not been verified yet by Google in order to use Google Sign In.

  27. Roger Mason-avatar

    10th Dec 2019. Just put this on a new (to me) phone (S7edge android 8). Samsung internet was default broswer. It worked instantly. The interface has changed! Seems the "fault" may have been cured by the developers, but they have not told anyone! Sept 2019. The work round in earlier review does work. Open Gmail in your browser on your phone, then re-log into SMS+ and follow instructions. Don't be put off by Google's warnings

  28. Westralia Net-avatar

    Yes, back up and running after reading reviews here. There are at least 2 fixes apparently. One long, one short. The long story is the Android Police article to fix the Google issue which stopped this great app from working. The SHORT answer is to go to your phone's Settings>Applications>Default Applications>Browser App> ...and DO NOT select Chrome. I selected "Internet" which uses the Samsung browser. Others here downloaded Firefox, others Edge. It would appear so long as you DO NOT select Chrome, SMS Backup+ will function as it once did. You will have to log in again to your newly selected default browser to initiate the app again. Be prepared for a long upload of all your backlog messages to go to gmail. Mine took 6 hours. Thanks to everyone here in helping with this resurrection. Hopefully the developer can just add to the instructions; "Do Not select Chrome as default browser".

  29. Fj Smith-avatar

    Update allowed third party apps which made it work but got new phone and it refuses to work regardless of allowing apps through Google. Argh, damn Google. Any fixes please? Loved it but it no longer works with Google /Gmail. No other options. Says Google hasn't approved this app. It stopped working for me in August 2019. Can it be fixed? It was the BEST APP for SMS back up. The others don't compare!

  30. Paul Hotston-avatar

    Had five years of text on my phone, a lot of them with information that I didn't want to loose so this app was going to come in handy. Lost the lot, not happy, if you want to transfer your SMS to another phone then I would recommend looking elsewhere, it's not worth the risk using this app. Had to give it one star as there is no option for zero.

  31. Heather Brown-avatar

    I used this app so much before, got a new phone (Pixel 4xl) went to sign in and now I'm getting: " Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app This app has not been verified yet by Google in order to use Google Sign In. " Please resubmit OAUTH request so Google can re-evaluate the app and clear it!

  32. Terry Stasio-avatar

    Contrary to a lot of the reviewers here that couldn't get the app to connect via Google Auth, it actually DOES work if you configure the connection to use IMAP instead of Google Auth (which no longer works after Google made changes to the API in August 2019). Search the web for "Android Police SMS Backup" to find step by step instructions or go the Android Police website and look for it there.

  33. JNEL808-avatar

    Was once a great app... Has gone kaput in past year. Apparently development has been abandoned. No updates or support (as shown in app info details). After roughly 8yrs, it's time for me to find a replacement. Dont waste your time.

  34. Arnold Libelo-avatar

    Been a while since I used this app and now that I have to move my messages to my new phone I found out that this app doesn't work anymore. So yeah, too bad. I can't get the entirety of my messages and had to make do with what's left in my old phone.

  35. Satish Dubey-avatar

    This was once a 5 star app, free and did the work perfectly. Since Google blocked this app's access, it does nothing except occupying precious space on your phone. Developer says enabling IMAP settings in Gmail will make it work. Tried everything but it didn't work. Found another useful app called SMS Backup and Restore, that makes a local xml file with all SMS and can also upload the backup on Google Drive or Dropbox. The developer of this app must think about some such solution.

  36. Valerie Campbell-avatar

    Valerie Campbell


    This app was used for quite a while with 0 issues. Then, we upgraded our phones. When I remembered to reinstall, it doesn't work anymore. Says the app hasn't been verified with google to use their sign in. So, dead in the water. If that is fixed, I will be happy to change my rating.

  37. Ryan Gingerich-avatar

    Authentication through Chrome does not work but using another browser does! (I used Firefox) After years of working flawlessly, this app appears to have stopped working for me in January of 2019, and all of the current negative reviews had me worried... But this quick workaround got everything backing up for me again. Now if only the Dev would provide this info to their users.

  38. YM McElwee-avatar

    I'm back up and running thanks to Leon Real's comment. I downloaded Microsoft edge and made it my default browser. Once you log in through the app, you'll get the same error message but it'll ask if you want to use the browser method. Click ok, choose edge, log into your gmail and BOOM, your messages/calls will begin to backup to your gmail. Thanks Leon!

  39. Darnisha johnson-avatar

    Darnisha johnson


    This use to be an awesome, I have used it for years. But now it is never backing up my messages, I confirmed setting etc...(again I have had this app for years) now it only backs up randomly. Unfortunately I'm uninstalling.

  40. Ajay Kumar-avatar

    Not working anymore. Giving the message each time during signin "Sign in with google is tamporarly disabled for this app".Google is yet to verify this app.. Please fix it. Its the only app I rely upon to backup my sms and call logs for many years.

  41. Galih Harjanto-avatar

    This was so far the best app.. until google changed their settings and the developer stepped back... :( ... please continue on this simple but usefull project. I saw great things in this app which made me purchase in-app purchases as a form of my support

  42. Andrew Lancaster-avatar

    Andrew Lancaster


    Update: confirming Microsoft edge will allow authentification to Gmail for your call & text logs. I had a good run with this app for many years as well. l Even used to back whatsapp before the changes I think which occurred in 2013. I tried to go through an alternative browser to connect to my Gmail. Error msg: Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app This app has not been verified yet by Google in order to use Google Sign In Both Chrome and Opera won't work. I will try Edge

  43. Garrick Matheson-avatar

    Garrick Matheson


    What a bummer. Used this for years - worked great - and relied on it for some key documentation. Just stopped backing up a week ago, an authorization error. Deleted, reinstalled, won't get permission from Gmail to connect for backup. Come on, man.

  44. Martha Mitchell-avatar

    Martha Mitchell


    It won't sign into my gmail account. I get a message saying "Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app. This app has not been verified yet by google in order to use google sign in." Soooo, an app that claims to back up to your gmail account, but Google doesn't even trust the app.

  45. Crystal Gebhart-avatar

    Crystal Gebhart


    It's works really well and it sends all my messages and stuff to my email so that I can print them sometimes it's a little funny and it takes time for it to fully complete it's back up to your email cuz when you check it in your email sometimes it shows hidden but I checked it a couple days later and they were there so I guess it just takes time for itit is 100% free and easy way to print out your text messages for court or any legal uses you would like to use it

  46. Deon Barnard-avatar

    After the update , i cant find the the back up files on gmail under tags/sms or calls when i search for them. Were are they stored now and can you still read them online in gmail. This is an excellent app. These low rating does not make sense to me. I think most cases are people not knowing how to set up the app.

  47. brandy tassie-avatar

    Still working for me! This app also stopped working for me when Google stopped licensing the product. I was able to uninstall, login again and it prompted me to allow google permissions, I did. It is working fantastic. All my SMS is in my SMS folder in my Gmail account and gets backed up on the half-hour. Thanks!

  48. Michael Conlon-avatar

    This was a great app until it could no longer authenticate with and backup to Gmail/Google. It should be fixed or removed from the store as it's the first result when searching for SMS backup to Gmail/Google.

  49. Sridhar Itagi-avatar

    Hey Developer, Reset my phone recently, can't Sign-in into app, hence can't restore my sms data. All permissions given still opens in browser with error stating "Sign in with google temporarily disabled for this app". Please help. Thank you.

  50. caue rego-avatar

    still haven't put it to the main test: recover data from a new phone, from zero. but it's by far the most promising app out of over 10 i've tested, while keeping it simple.

  51. Irina Popova-avatar

    Because of Google's changes, the app stopped working. I followed the instructions online to allow the app to login to my gmail, but it didn't work. At the time I had an older version of the app. But then I updated the app, and now it works!

  52. Les B-avatar

    The app worked great but my only (and biggest) complaint is that it doesn't restore the MMS which I thought was a given considering it backs up MMS. Otherwise it works fine WITH some tweaking of the settings. That last part is especially important. The app won't work unless you tweak those app settings.

  53. Katie Stewart-avatar

    Great, when it works. This app no longer works because Google/Gmail doesn't trust it. I loved having my messages on my gmail account. Unfortunately, I'm switching phones now, 4 months after this app stopped working, and am having to seek out another app that will save my messages to another format.

  54. Jermale Russell-avatar

    Jermale Russell


    Until just recently, this was my favorite app to utilize to back about my text messages. In fact until August of 2019 I was recommending it to everyone. Now Google won't let it operate, I do not know why this is, but the longer this goes on to fix or correct the lower my rating will go.

  55. David James-avatar

    Backed up successfully (I guess). Can't restore on new phone. "SIGN IN WITH GOOGLE TEMPORARILY DISABLED FOR THIS APP. This app has not been verified yet by Google in order to use Google sign in." This app had exactly one job. If it can do it, it will get 5 stars. Currently not possible.

  56. trikkinikki13-avatar

    Have been very happy with it but I seem to have a problem with my new Samsung phone. I try to back up and it tells me, "XO authorisation error. Please make sure that you enable IMAP in your Gmail settings." what do I do? I like this app. I don't want to lose it...

  57. Jen Jenson-avatar

    I loved this app for many years like since about 2011 I think at least then. However I just realized it's no longer working! What the heck. It will no longer sync with Gmail. Another reviewer said they've gone out of business. That sucks.

  58. Alichia Boothman-avatar

    Alichia Boothman


    I tried to enable IMAP and I fallowed all further instructions so that I could hopfully start using this app again but unfortunately it didn't work. I am so very disappointed that I can't use this app anymore. I really loved it and can't find another app that could even come close to what I need.

  59. Curtis Gabrielson-avatar

    Curtis Gabrielson


    This app needs to be forked. It needs an update for the following error as others have said but no updates for a year so far. Gmail authentication error, "This app has not been verified yet by Google in order to use Google Sign In."

  60. Blake Baysinger-avatar

    Blake Baysinger


    This is still a great app in 2020 if you have a non-google imap server. Just use your other email accounts and have them picked up by gmail. You still get your backup just like before.

  61. Red Phoenix-avatar

    This is a great app but no longer works since received an email stating that "no longer be able to access some data in your Google Account, including your Gmail content. If these apps are unable to meet the deadline to comply with our updated data policy requirements, they'll lose access to your Account starting July 15th, 2019." Can this be resolved? Or do we need to look for a different app? Thanks!

  62. Joel Pipkorn-avatar

    Used this app for years. Worked great. Just got a new phone, and can't restore messages. Tried firefox. All error messages. Please fix! It used to be such a great app. Will change to 5 star if issue gets resolved

  63. Stephen H-avatar

    Even after using work around to get backup started, there were no group conversations in the folder. Even texting with a single individual had responses out of sequence and in different separate conversations. It appears to no longer be supported.

  64. Jaajvel E.P-avatar

    Google has disabled tokens for this application, the developer has not been able to fix the problem. Hence it's as good as dead. I would like it to be back in working condition as soon as possible.

  65. Melissa Colombo-avatar

    Melissa Colombo


    To everyone bummed that this is not working anymore, fret not! There is a work around. 1. Install firefox browser on your phone. 2. Login to google in firefox with the same google account for your google play store. 3. Go to the SMS Backup+ app on your phone and disconnect your email from the app. 4. Reconnect your email address to the app. 5. A warning will appear that the app couldn't connect with your google account and asks if you want to try through another browser. Click to continue. 6. A pop-up will ask which browser, select Firefox. 7. When firefox comes up, you will already be logged in, so just click through the prompts. 8. You will be returned to the SMS Backup+ app, select backup. The app will ask if you want to backup EVERYTHING on the phone. If you haven't backed up in awhile, this may be a good idea, but it will take a bunch of time. Be prepared for a longggg backup time.

  66. Nicole Landau-avatar

    Oh no! I used to use this app on another phone, and need to backup my messages and calls again now, so installed it. Unfortunately Google had this to say: Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app This app has not yet been verified by Google in order to use Google Sign in.

  67. Jill N'jack-avatar

    Finally got a new phone where I can finally install a text-to-email backup, and looks like this has recently stopped working for people. Sign in with Google temporarily disabled! Oi. "Last updated Apr. 22, 2018." That's 1.75 years ago.

  68. Sharleen Placek-avatar

    Sharleen Placek


    Cannot use anymore because it doesn't work with Google or Google Gmail account on my Android. Tried the new way that some said to do, but only worked for a day or so.

  69. Thick Luvin-avatar

    I had sms backup app since 2012, all of a sudden in 2019 it just stop working completely it's a dead app now thou... this app was the best sms backup app, I don't see no other app like it!!!!

  70. S-avatar

    Dead app. I lost all my messages. It not works with Google anymore!  Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app This app has not been verified yet by Google in order to use Google Sign In.

  71. Yasuko Sato-avatar

    This app was working great until recently ; now it doesn't upload anything. I get the error message "Could not get token from system. Do you want to try the browser authentication method?" when I try to Connect to my Gmail account. Then I hit OK, and then I get "Sign in with Google temporary disabled for this app" so I don't know how to fix it. I really need this issue to be solved asap!!!

  72. Bambi Koch-avatar

    Used to work great until 08/08/19, then it stopped. Now I get an error "cannot get token from system." I try to authenticate with Gmail but it will not. I have tried authenticating with other Gmail accounts, but they haven't worked either. I have tried the suggestion to enable IMAP in Gmail but I cannot find the setting. I hope the developer can help with a solution because this is a great app.

  73. Steve Camber-avatar

    Great app, a must-have install which I've used for years across many phones. Yes, google have recently changed the security method which is annoying, but it's not the fault of the developer and you can easily get it working just like before. All you need to do is generate a google app password and use that instead of your real password. For full details, do a google search for "android police SMS backup" and the full instructions are there. Simple! (to the developer - please show the instructions in the app details and reduce the negative reviews from the less techy.)

  74. Mark Haines-avatar

    Great app! I have been using it for years with no issues, then Google changed its security settings that prevented it from working but with a very simple work around it is working again.

  75. Tim Kelly-avatar

    Used to work great. Now, despite rechecking the settings and assuring that IMAP is enabled in the Gmail settings, an error occurs every time I try to do a backup indicating that I need to check that setting to assure it is enabled.

  76. Senthil Nathan-avatar

    Stopped working after recent Google changes. Used article in Android Authority to get it working again, but wasn't easy. Feel developer should have made the effort to help long-time users to make app work after massive disruption like this.

  77. Dwayne Perry-avatar

    Great app; I've used it for years. it stopped connecting to GMail around the beginning of Aug. 2019. I fixed it per Phil Mitchell's 9 Aug. 2019 review - I had to use Firefox; his fixed didn't work in Chrome. When you reconnect you'll be given the choice of backing up all messages on your device (most of which had already been previously backed up in my case) or skip backing up them. I chose the latter to prevent duplication of the older messages and lost backups during the disconnected period.

  78. Howard Fields-avatar

    I am having the same problem as others. A few days ago the app stopped working. I uninstalled and reinstalled. I get the message to enable IMAP which I did. I got a message to connect to my gmail account and then get a message, "Could not get token from system. Do you want to try the browser authentication method? I then choose my existing account and get the message "Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app."

  79. Mojca Trbič-avatar

    Problem solved! Having the same issues as everyone else. Then I have read the solution from Phil Mitchell (review August 9th 2019) and Ernie Mathews (August 12, 2019). This worked for me using Firefox Mobile, copied from Phil Mitchell review August 9th 2019: To fix the "could not get token from system" problem, I did this: 1. open the app on my phone. 2. go to the line that says "login as" my Gmail ID. touch the green "connected" switch to logout. 3. click through the dire warning. once logged out, touch to login again. it will fail and ask if you want to try with browser. 4. I answered yes and opened in Firefox. 5. at bottom of the browser page is permissions - Allow all of them. 6. go back to the app and manually run the first backup. After that, it resumed working

  80. Kate R-avatar

    This is the ONLY back up program that backs up to your email individually. It's fantastic. like others- i was frustrated with it not working all of the sudden. But if you sign out of your gmail, sign back in, and then go through firefox instead of chrome it works again! (Thank you to other reviews who have me directions!!) I'm so relieved to have my app back and working!

  81. Tampa8 --avatar

    Here is a slightly different and potential easier version to get this app to work with GMail. If you have any other browser on your device already you don't need Firefox. All you need to do is make sure while doing the procedure you make any browser but Chrome your default browser. Then follow the steps others have given. Sign into your Gmail account with the now default browser. Return to the app, disconnect your email address and then add it back. When it says it can not connect pick ok and it will go to the default browser where you can now pick to allow this app on your Gmail account.

  82. Nicholas Arasteh Khou-avatar

    Nicholas Arasteh Khou


    It does no longer connect to my Google account. It says Google has temporarily disabled login for the app until developer do something about it. I contacted the developer by email last month, but he did not reply. I think the app is dead for good. It was the best when it worked. I couldn't find any substitute for this app. It's not possible anymore to backup smses to Gmail. Sad.

  83. Sherita Robinson-avatar

    Sherita Robinson


    The app started off as the perfect way to backup my text messages. Now, I've uninstalled, reinstalled, and used Android Police steps. The app is backing up what someone sends me but not my responses. So draining and annoying.

  84. Joachim Kuebart-avatar

    Joachim Kuebart


    Works great if you know how to configure the IMAP server manually: see GMail -> settings -> forwarding and POP/IMAP and Accounts -> security -> app passwords in case you use two factor authentication.

  85. Sonja Bruns-avatar

    I loved it until the app had this security - Google issue. Now, that Melissa found an easy way to fix it and that it works again: I would recommend it for everyone who wants all their messages connected in one account. Only thing is, haven't found a possibility to connect What's App. That's the reason for 4 stars instead of 5...

  86. Mike Hall-avatar

    August 7. I tried a manual backup but get an error message: XOAuthorzation fail. I went to the app and turned off the connection button. After acknowledging that I would have to reauthorize the app I clicked in the affirm. Then I clicked the same button to reconnect to my Google account. When it gave error, an option came up to connect and verify by browser. When I did this action the program works flawlessly. There is nothing wrong with the app. It is Google reverifying the connection.

  87. Ac essie-avatar

    I'm no longer able to back up messages due to an "XOAuth authentication" error. This has never happened before, and I'm now seeing other folks' recent app reviews about having this same issue. Uninstalling and reinstalling the app did not fix the problem. My email and phone settings are set correctly for IMAP. Sounds like a debugging of the app is in order. In the meantime, any suggestions for how to try and fix this?

  88. Andy Kim-avatar

    Was great while it worked for years... Now can't connect to Gmail, and OAuth is broken too: "Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app This app has not been verified yet by Google in order to use Google Sign In."

  89. Amanda Quigley-avatar

    It would be great except this app is not verified by Google and I therefore cannot sign into it or get it to work. I used this for years, now that it is need3d desperately for a court case, I'm SOL.

  90. Tim Payne-avatar

    Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app. This is now the error. This was an excellent app and always used it when I needed to back up. Will change to 5 stars when it gets fixed.

  91. ronald chong-avatar

    such a great app. i've have used it for years. it looks like it's hit end-of-life though thanks to google's security policy changes. leaving 5 stars regardless as a legacy. UPDATE!!: big love to phil mitchell. i tried his "trick". i had to install firefox and set it as my default brower but it really worked. I'd already uninstalled the app so it had to back everything up all over again. no sure if i now have duplicates but that's a comparatively minor problem if so.

  92. La Hiena-avatar

    Today is 8-15-2019. I too HAD issues with the app not working after July 2019....until today. Thank you, Phil M. on (8-9-2019) for sharing what worked for you, because I followed your advice & so far so good. I hadn't found a decent replacement like this app, so I'm very glad his easy "fix" did the trick. This SMS backup app is great! Everyone should look up his instructions & hope you all have the same outcome. I just hope this fix lasts.😊

  93. Pearl Alexander-avatar

    Pearl Alexander


    for those of you saying that this is no longer backing up, I got an e-mail a while back stating that "if these apps are unable to meet the deadline to comply with our updated data policy requirements, they'll lose access to your Account starting July 15th, 2019" this is highly unfortunate, considering it was a trustworthy app I had recommended several times before this whole debacle...

  94. Jim Woods-avatar

    The login error: Here is an overview of what you need to do to fix it: 1. Set up 2-step verification with Google, otherwise it will not generate a password. 2. In 'Security' in your gmail account you generate an app-specific password. 3. Take this 16-character password and, without the spaces, insert it into SMS Backup+. For fuller details: In SMS Backup+, click on the three dots (top right), then 'About', then click on Jan Berkel, the author, and follow the link. It works.

  95. Fiona Herbert-avatar

    This app is AWESOME as it allows me to search on my gmail and get emails AND text messages (and call logs too) for a full conversation/picture. Yes, as noted below it has had an issue this month due to Google changing its "API" and not allowing lots of apps access to gmail. There are several GOOD workarounds... choose one! Jan - please keep this app alive! Its a life saver. So much so I am going to donate right now to help out.

  96. David Bird-avatar

    Was great, now seems to be broken. I'm getting XOAuth error so app can't connect to my Gmail. No backups since 8th Aug 2019. I think this might be due to a security change Google made and this seems to have broken the app. No response from the developer. Unfortunately, I have to assume this is a dead app. Shame because I found it very useful.

  97. N suresh Kumar-avatar

    Used to work great until 08/08/19, then it stopped. Now I get an error "cannot get token from system." I try to authenticate with Gmail but it will not. I have tried authenticating with other Gmail accounts, but they haven't worked either. I have tried the suggestion to enable IMAP in Gmail but I cannot find the setting. I hope the developer can help with a solution because this is a great app.

  98. Manvir Kaur-avatar

    Can't backup. Apparently this app is not yet been verified by Google. I get the following error message "This app has not yet been verified by Google in order to use Google Sign in."

  99. Marc S-avatar

    Was great until Google changed. Still wasn't perfect. Extremely slow and could not restore MMS while other apps can and are much faster. Still was good while it lasted. Still using with the workaround, but, painful.

  100. Darice Corey-avatar

    It's a shame the Gmail feature is no longer functioning. I used the app all the time and liked the email feature. Hope it comes back!