• A Half-fix for SMS Backup+

    My own failed login above jibes with what Android Police is reporting—that my favourite utility for backing up text messages to Gmail no longer works. If you're willing to jump through a few extra hoops there is a workaround that AP found on the app's GitHub bug tracker:

    Create an App specific password in your Google account:

    Go to your Google account, select Security from the left menu, select App Passwords in the Signing in to Google box.*

    At the bottom of the list select the Select app drop down menu - SMS Backup+ won't be there, so select Other.

    Type SMS Backup+ in the field and click generate. You'll get a 16 character password.

    Now open SMS Backup+ (it's easier if you have the password open on a different device, or maybe write it down if you're doing all of this on the same device.

    In SMS Backup+ go to Advanced Settings/Custom IMAP server

    Tap Authentication at the top and change it to Plain Text.

    Leave the server address as imap.gmail.com:993

    Enter your email address.

    Enter the app password you generated WITHOUT the spaces.

    Make sure Security is on TLS.

    You're done, go back to the main SMS Backup+ screen and it should work.
    * Note that you'll need to have 2-step verification enabled to see the option for app passwords. Also note the following:

    In English this means that your text backups will work as before, but your call log still can't be saved to your Google Calendar. So it's more of a half-fix, really. If, like myself, you find this solution lacking you can do what I did and switch to SMS Backup and Restore instead.

    Source: GitHub via Android Police

    Andrew Currie has been blogging about mobile phones since 2001, smartphones (depending on how you define them) since 2002 and smartwatches since 2014.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Just Made Android a Lot Less Useful started by acurrie View original post
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