How to extract sms messages from a phone

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How to extract sms messages from a phone
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A short message service, or "SMS" message, that has been sent to your cell phone is often referred to as a "text message." These SMS messages can also be extracted from your phone to any personal e-mail account. Knowing when and where to enter your e-mail address will let you extract the SMS message to your e-mail account.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • E-mail account

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  1. 1

    Navigate to the main menu screen on your phone.

  2. 2

    Highlight the "Text Messaging" or "Messaging" selection and then click "OK."

  3. 3

    Choose "Inbox" and then press "OK" to get to the messages that are located on your phone.

  4. 4

    Select the SMS message you want to extract and then press the "Options" key.

  5. 5

    Choose "Forward" and press "OK." The SMS message will be opened.

  6. 6

    Type in your e-mail address inside the first "To" box at the top of the phone screen. Enter the email address as you would if typing an e-mail on your computer (i.e. ""). Depending on your phone, you may need to select an "Entry Mode" key and then choose the "@" symbol to write out the entire e-mail address.

  7. 7

    Select "Send" on the phone to extract the SMS message to your e-mail.

Tips and warnings

  • You can create a free account using e-mail services such as Yahoo Mail and Gmail.
  • Sending any SMS message from your phone to an e-mail account or another phone may cost you money depending your cell phone contract. Contact your wireless provider or review your wireless plan for more information.

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