• 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

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    Andrew Currie has been blogging about mobile phones since 2001, smartphones (depending on how you define them) since 2002 and smartwatches since 2014.
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    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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