OK probably most of what you send and receive is not all that important, not to mention the SPAM we get via SMS.
However if you need to save your SMS's that you get from your bank, SARS, the dreaded SABC TV licence department or other important business texts, how do you do it without cluttering up the storage on your phone.
This has always been a major frustration for me as my SMS inbox gets more and more cluttered and I am afraid to delete the messages just in case I will need to refer to something one day in the future.
A Smartphone is actually a computer and these days we make fewer and fewer calls but use our phones to surf the internet, chat via WhatsApp, BBM, SMS, check our e-mails, play games and so much more.
Smartphones like computers run on operating systems. Probably the most well known computer operating system is Windows created by Microsoft.
In terms of Smartphones, Blackberry was the must have phone for many South Africans. Samsung and iPhones are also hugely popular. Each one of these phones has a different operating system. Along with the operating system each phone needs programmes to make the different features work. These are called Apps.
I have the Samsung S3 phone which uses the Android operating system and the various programmes (Apps) are available for download in the Play Store on your phone.
If you have an iPhone or a Blackberry or any other Smartphone you will also have a place where you can find various Apps.
In the Play Store for my phone I found an app called SMS Backup+. It is FREE to use and once installed you can set various options to automatically backup your SMS's, MMS's, WhatsApp conversations and also your phone calls. Android is closely associated with Google so it conveniently creates labels in your Gmail account which you can then access from your phone, computer or tablet if you have synchronised your various devices.
I have set mine to update every 24 hours so I can now quite comfortably delete the messages and logs without fear.
The second great App that we have found can record all your phone conversations. This includes your voice and the person you are speaking to. This app is called Sun Call Recorder and is also free. So next time you want to record an important phone call try this app. Who knows it might just come in handy if there is a legal dispute about something and you want to prove that you or the other party verbally committed to something.
There are of course quite a few other Apps that do the same thing. Try them out and see which one works for you.