It got me thinking of the all things I have on my phone that I don’t want to lose.
And what it came down to was conversations. Not so much photos. If a photo is good, chances are I've texted it to someone — and if not, it’s sitting there, nestled somewhere amongst the millions of shots in the DCIM directory, mostly of fingertips and unrecognizable blurs. I don't need those.
So I started looking for an app that would backup my conversations.
I wasn't satisfied with what I found. Nothing quite performed the way I wanted, which was no doubt due to the particularity of what I had in mind.
- I wanted images included in the backup, but didn't want to deal with a bunch of separate files.
- I wanted something better formatted than a delimited text file.
- I didn't want the conversation sent anywhere or uploaded, just saved as a file on my phone that I could do with as I wished.
I didn't find anything like that, so I decided to make it.
Introducing texport, now available on Google Play.
Feature requests welcome.
With texport you can easily export 1-to-1 SMS / MMS conversations to HTML or JSON. Including images.
Without ever leaving your phone, you can backup a conversation, zip it, and attach it to an email.
Things you can do with texport:
- Save all the MMS images in a conversation.
- Create a single, easily-transferable (one way) backup of your conversation.
- Create an HTML file which you can open on your computer and search through with the browser’s find function.
What you can’t do with texport:
- Export Google Hangouts messages. In most cases these are already logged to Gmail.
- Export conversations with multiple recipients/senders. (I haven’t actually tested this, I just assume it won’t work properly, as is.)
- Import SMS/MMS messages from a texport file back into your phone
Get it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gigglingcorpse.texport