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To be able to view the files on a computer, the first thing to do is to make sure that the preferences for “Add XSL Tag” and “Add Readable Date” in the Preferences of the app are checked before making a backup (Launch the app, Menu->Preferences, scroll down to Others, Check "Add Readable Date" setting; "Set Readable Date Format" setting (e.g. Full; also Short, Medium, Long, etc.) and make sure "Add XSL Tag" setting is also checked!)
Copy the backup file to a folder on the computer.
Download (right click on the link and select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” or equivalent on your browser) the SMS.xsl (SMS Backup & Restore) or Calls.xsl (for Call Logs Backup & Restore) file and store it in the same folder as the xml file.
Open the xml file in the browser. The browser will now display it in a friendly HTML format.
There are also instructions in the link to display the messages in a threaded view ...
Last edited by rbasusparky; July 20th, 2011 at 09:44 PM.
Which 'Readable Date Format' did you use? A friend of mine has backed up and viewed her text messages through the XML browser and said that it worked great for her, date and all. I haven't viewed them through an XML browser myself, but I have restored backed up messages (200+) on my phone after a factory data reset and did not notice any issues or discrepancies. You might want to check with the developer about it on the developer's website.
On the developer's website, under "Known Problems/Issues" is this point:
"Recent firmware update of the Motorola Droid X (and possibly other Driod phones) seems to have created an issue where the Date on the restored messages appears to be the restore date rather than the actual date of the message. This issue is currently unresolved."
You might want to check with him whether for Droid phones, the actual date is still being stored properly on the backed up files or not, otherwise an issue will occur as well when viewing the backed up messages on an XML browser.
Oh dear - I cannot find the file on my SD card when the Viewpad is linked to my PC. It says it's stored in /mnt/sdcard/SMSBackupRestore/ so I presume I'm looking on my SD card, which is my 'Removable disk (M'. I'm used to moving songs etc but I can't find that file location at all.
I've tried emailing the file to myself and the html file won't open, it's just a blank screen.
Sorry to be such a twerp but I have 60+ texts from my soon to be ex-husband that I need to show as evidence and they're clogging up my device.