I repeatedly either see “Google Drive” or paid software as a “solution”. What i want to do is to simply(?) copy all messages/conversations along with related content such as pictures to my PC, then completely wipe them off of my phone. No, i am not a terrorist or anything remotely similar, and yes, perhaps i am a little paranoid and OCD as i like a clean phone, inside and out. When i had an Apple this was relatively easy to accomplish through paid software, but part of my reason for moving to an Android platform was to get rid of having to employ third party paid apps to accomplish what should be relatively simple.
I am easily able to copy pictures from both the DCIM and Pictures sub-directories from the phone via USB; is there means to also just copy all my messages to the PC and then delete them off of the phone?
Thank-you all for your expertise, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year and may Covid-19 go back to from where it came!
Best answer by syaoran
MMS message back ups have always been fairly unreliable on Android without root. However, saving the media content to your devices storage should put them in a folder called, Pictures, which is easy enough to back up by copying it off of the device. SMS Backup will back up your messages for free though, to online storage or local (on your device). You can then copy the stored saved back up to your PC.
This is the app I mentioned and have used for years. Ads can be disabled in the app settings at no cost. SMS Backup & Restore - Apps on Google Play