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SMS Backup & Restore

SMS Backup & Restore

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App Description

The following description comes from the Google Play Store description of the app:

SMS Backup & Restore is a simple Android app that backs up and restores your phone's text messages and call logs.

For questions or issues please visit our FAQ at: http://www.carbonite.com/en/apps/call-log-sms-backup-restore/faq/

APP FEATURES:
- Backup SMS (text) Messages and call logs in XML format.
- Local device backup with options to automatically upload to Email, Google Drive or Dropbox
- NEW: An add-on app is no longer required to upload to the cloud. All settings are integrated.
- Choose a recurring scheduled time to automatically backup.
- Option to select which text conversations to backup or restore.
- View and drill into your local and cloud backups
- Search your backups
- Restore/transfer backup to another phone. Backup format is independent of the Android version so the messages and logs can be easily transferred from one phone to another, irrespective of the version.
- Fast Transfer between 2 phones over WiFi direct
- Ability to restore all text messages or only selected conversations.
- Free up space on your phone. Delete all SMS Messages or call logs on the Phone.
- Email a backup file.
- The XML backup can be converted to other formats, and can also be viewed on a computer.

Notes:
- Tested on Android 4.0.3 and higher
- Letv Le devices not yet supported. We are working on this. Check back here for an update.
- App only restores backups made by this app
- Please start the app at least once after updates so that the scheduled backups start working.
- Backup is created locally on the phone by default, but you have the option to upload to Email, Google Drive or Dropbox. You are responsible for backup files. At no time are the files sent to the developer.
- If you intend to do a factory reset on the phone, please make sure you save/email a copy of the backup outside the phone before doing it.
- On Android 4.4+ devices, if you have performed the Restore and the messages don't appear in your messaging app then:
- Open your messaging app and Disable SMS from Settings.
- Exit the app
- Open the app again and Enable SMS from Settings.


This App needs access to the following:
* Your messages: Backup and Restore messages. Receive SMS permission needed to properly handle messages received while the app is the default messaging app on Android 4.4+ devices.
* Your Calls and Contact information: Backup and Restore Call Logs.
* Storage: To create the Backup file on the SD card.
* Phone calls - Without this the Restore fails on some phones.
* Network view and communication: Allows the app to connect to wifi for backup
* Your social information: To display and store the contact names in the Backup file.
* Run at start-up: Start scheduled Backups.
* Control Vibration: To vibrate the phone when an operation is completed.
* Prevent Phone from Sleeping: To prevent the phone from going to sleep/suspended state while a Backup or Restore operation is in progress.
* Test access to Protected Storage: To create the Backup file on the SD card.
* Account Information: To authenticate with Google Drive and Gmail for cloud uploads
Sensitive Permissions Used By This App
Permission What Why
Full network access Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for utility purposes
Find accounts on the device Can use user's account information stored on the phone Internal
Read your contacts Can read user's contact list (phone book) and phone call history Internal
Use accounts on the device Allows the app to request authentication tokens. It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Read your text messages (sms or mms) Can read SMS messages Not analyzed yet
Read phone status and identity Can read phone's current state information like in-phone call, phone signal, carrier, device ID, and phone number Not analyzed yet
Read call log Can read your device’s call log, including incoming and outgoing calls Not analyzed yet
Connect and disconnect from wi-fi Can connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points Not analyzed yet
Edit your text messages (sms or mms) Allows the app to write to SMS messages stored on your tablet or SIM card. Malicious apps may delete your messages. Not analyzed yet
Change network connectivity Allows applications to change network connectivity state. Not analyzed yet
Modify or delete the contents of your usb storage Can write to your phone's USB storage Not analyzed yet
Modify your contacts Can edit contacts on device Not analyzed yet
Write call log Can change your device’s call log including incoming and outgoing calls data Not analyzed yet
Receive text messages (sms) Can receive SMS messages Not analyzed yet
Third Party Libraries Used by this App
Library Usage
Dropbox

Privacy Analysis

Version of the app analyzed:

9.73.119

App was last analyzed by Privacy Grade on:

03/25/2017

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