Backup SMS database on Android

Fri 29 April 2011 by Thejaswi Puthraya

While there are ready made apps that backup and restore your SMSes, you can easily backup the database if you have a rooted phone without installing any external software.

The SMSes are stored in an SQLite database available under:


Here is the procedure:

$ sudo ./adb start-server
$ ./adb pull /dbdata/data/ ~/sms_backup.db