SMS Backup & Restore is a simple Android app that backs up and restores Android phone’s text messages and call logs. The app is super easy to use and does the job very well in that regards. But there is a real problem if you just want to read the data in the backup file without having to restore it to the phone first because it saves the data in an XML format that is not so user-friendly in terms of reading or reviewing purpose.
Here are three ways to help you out.
Option 1 – using web browser
In order to display information correctly in a readable format, you need a style file that defines how XML gets displayed.
For SMS Backup & Restore:
- Download (right-click on the link and select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” or equivalent on your browser) sms.xsl for SMS Backup & Restore file and store it in the same folder as the SMS backup XML file.
For Call Logs Backup & Restore:
- Download (right-click on the link and select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” or equivalent on your browser) Calls.xsl file and store it in the same folder as the call log backup XML file.
Once done, simply drag the XML file in a browser of your choice you will get a much readable result just in a second.
However, when it’s working it works nicely but it doesn’t always work.
Option 2 – Opening it in Excel
Yes, that’s right. Microsoft Excel is smart enough to display an XML file in a table format without any help from a style define file. Simply open it in Excel, and Excel will take care of the rest for you. You may get a few warning messages along the way like below. Just click OK to move forward until you see the result.
Option 3 – a web app to rescue
Head over to this SMS Backup Reader 2 web app, click Select SMS Backup… button, pick the backup file in XML format, and wait to see how nice the result is on your screen.
That’s about it. Enjoy.