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    How to Read Android Text Messages on PC or Mac Computer?

    Does anybody know how to back up text messages from an Android mobile phone to a computer so it is readable as text on the computer? My phone is Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Thanks!

    Texing messages is a pretty good and convenient way to communicate with other people. If you have stored many important text messages on your phone, you may want to back up them to your computer or view them on your computer directly. Before you search way to do so, you need to learn first that SMS database are saved in the internal flash memory and requires root access. You cannot view this kind of files directly on computer unless you use third-party software to extract and save them as readable .txt file format.

    To save your time to find out a suitable program by trial and error, we kindly suggest you have a try with iPubsoft Android Desktop Manager, an all-included Android managing tool that can not only help Android users to transfer text messages from Android mobile phone to computer and save as readable .txt file on computer, but also allows to text on computer directly. If you are using a Mac OS X, Android Desktop Manager for Mac is absolutely made for you. From the following tutorial, you can see the whole process of transferring and viewing text messages on computer from any Android phone can be finished in a few mouse clicks.

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    Preparatory work: Download and install the Windows or Mac version of the software according to your own situation. The screenshots in the following steps are all from Windows version. But the operations are both appropriate for Mac OS X and Windows 8/7/XP.

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    Step 1: Connect your Android phone to the computer

    Launch the installed Android Manager and you will get the interface like below. Then, connect your Android phone with your computer through a USB cable. Your phone will be detected automatically by the program once it has been connected successfully. The model, state, system version, storage and more of your phone will be shown.

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    Note: If it is the first time to run this software, you need to enable USB debugging on your phone. If you did it before, you can skip to the next step.
    (1) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter "Settings" < Click "Applications" < Click "Development" < Check "USB debugging".
    (2) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check "USB debugging".
    (3) For Android 4.2 or newer: Enter "Settings" < Click "About Phone" < Tap "Build number" for several times until getting a note "You are under developer mode" < Back to "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check "USB debugging".

    Once the USB debugging is enabled, click "Allow" on your phone to allow the program super user authorization when an Superuser Request pops up.

    iPubsoft Android Desktop Manager is specially designed for Android devices and it is fully compatible with all popular Android phones like HTC, Google, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, etc.

    Step 2: Preview and Select the Text Messages You Want to Export

    All files in your Android phone will display in clear categories on the above menu. You can select the Contacts tab and choose "All SMS" from the left panel. Preview all the SMS messages saved in your Android phone on the right window and then click the button of "Backup".

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    Step 3: Save Android Text Messages to Computer for Viewing

    A pop-up window of path choosing will appear after you click the "Backup" button. Sepecify an output location where you want to save the exported text messages and click the "OK" button. Then, all the text messages will be automatically transferred to the specific folder an you can view them as .txt file.

    Learn more about the Android Desktop Manager:

    1. Hassle-free to ransfer Android contacts, media files, apps, etc. to computer;
    2. Send and reply text messages on computer, and add, delete, edit contacts on computer;
    3. One-click to restore your Android phone from the backup record selectively;
    4. Read-only,, easy-to-use and transfer or backup files without any quality loss.

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