How to Backup Your SMS on a BlackBerry

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How to Backup Your SMS on a BlackBerry
Your BlackBerry can store your entire history of SMS text messages. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Your BlackBerry's messaging application provides a record of all the text message conversations you have had while you have owned the BlackBerry. Sometimes, these messages can include statements or information that you don't want to lose if the device gets lost, stolen, damaged or simply needs to be wiped. Research In Motion provided a solution for this problem by allowing the BlackBerry Desktop Software to back up almost everything on the device. The software also allows you to just backup specific applications, so you can create a backup file with just your SMS text messages.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Connection cable

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  1. 1

    Double-click the BlackBerry Desktop Software icon to launch the program. If you haven't installed the program, you can do so from the CD that came with your device, or by downloading the latest version from BlackBerry's website.

  2. 2

    Plug your connection cable into the port on the side of your BlackBerry, and plug the other end into an available USB port on your computer

  3. 3

    Choose "No" on the BlackBerry device when it asks you if you want to enter "Mass Storage Mode." Close the "AutoPlay" window if it pops up on your computer screen.

  4. 4

    Click the "Back up now" button in the middle of the Desktop Software window. Click the radio button next to "Custom" at the top of the screen, then scroll down to SMS messages and place a check mark next to it.

  5. 5

    Type in a name you will remember into the "File name" field. You can also press the "Change folder" button if you want to create the backup file somewhere other than the default folder. Click "Back up" when you are ready to back up the device. When the progress bar finishes moving across the screen, click "Close" to exit.

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