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Android phone connection Resolved
« on: July 07, 2020, 10:55:17 am »
Is there anything available that would let me download text messages from an Android phone (running Android 9) to a computer, ideally keeping date and time information? I understand Windows 10 can do it but it requires a Microsoft account which I've no wish for.
I don't care whether I use a wireless network or a USB cable and I'm quite happy to run something from the command line.
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Re: Android phone connection
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2020, 11:58:12 am »
GSConnect might do the trick for you: https://is.gd/4pbhc1   :)

Here's a write-up on OMG! Ubuntu!:  https://is.gd/FeIiuF

#Android  #gnome extensions  #GSconnect




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Re: Android phone connection
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2020, 12:36:02 pm »
As fate would have it, I just received an email from MightyText, informing me that they have released a new SMS app called SimplyText.

At first glance, SimplyText appears to be a stripped-down version of  MightyText - which I use on my Peppermint desktops & laptops, via the Chromium browser.

Depending on what you're trying to accomplish, these apps may work for you also...   ;)


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Re: Android phone connection
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2020, 09:06:10 am »
Thanks VinDSL. I took a look at GSConnect but all I could find to download was a zip file containing some Python code and a few style sheets. Presumably if I knew how to run the Python code it would work but that's beyond me at the moment.
In the end I followed this article:
 https://www.howtogeek.com/271866/how-to-back-up-your-text-messages-to-dropbox-or-google-drive-on-android/
which references this Android app:
 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRestore
I've set it up to backup texts daily to one of my Google drives. It saves texts as xml files which can be made readable by going to the publisher's website and opening a local copy of the xml. It works well enough for me, particularly as accessing all three of my Google drives from the file manager is easy.  If only it were so straightforward under Windows but I'm not convinced that Google wants me to access three drives from my desktop.