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Verizon Messages Plus Application Archives

Verizon Messages Plus Application Archives

Verizon Messages Plus Application Archives

Use SMS Backup+ to keep your messages safe

We can back up nearly anything to the cloud, but text messages usually go bye bye when you switch handsets or factory reset a phone. We want to make sure that everyone is looking after their data. Specifically, we want to make sure you are backing up your SMS messages. I know at least our Canadian readers prefer the term ‘text messages’ here, which is possibly more accurate, but I’m going to stick with SMS for the sake of continuity.

Join us as we explore an app called SMS Backup+, and another app you’ve already heard of, Tasker.

Before we begin

Get SMS Backup+Many SMS and messaging apps and services have the ability built right in to backup or otherwise prevent loss of your messages should you lose your phone, but that is not always the case. When in doubt, or if you are using a messaging tool that does not have backup capabilities, we will point you towards SMS Backup+, a free app in the Google Play Store, that syncs your messages to your Gmail account for safe storage.Get TaskerAs a completely optional addition to the project today, we will use Tasker to fine tune the controls a little. If you do not yet have Tasker installed, prepare to drop $2.99 in the Google Play Store to follow along.

There is a good chance you’ve got an SMS message or two on your Android device, and there is a good chance you’d rather not lose them if you happen to misplace your phone. If for no other reason, perhaps you should look at backing up your SMS messages on a regular basis.

Straight out of the box, SMS Backup+ is super easy to use. It looks to backup not just your SMS messages, but also your MMS ones, as well as the call log. The idea is to dump these items into your Gmail account with a custom Gmail Label to keep them around forever.

Now, if you are a Google Hangouts user, have a look for the ‘SMS’ Label in your Gmail. If you see the Label, and it is packed full of your messages, today’s tasks are not really for you, your messages are secure and you may go on with getting ready for your weekend.

The general setup of SMS Backup+ is pretty near all of the input this app requires to keep your messages rolling to Gmail. Install the app, fire it up and let’s walk through it from there.

  1. Connect to your preferred Gmail account. Not to worry, this app uses OAuth, like all good apps should, so you can block access at any time from within your Google account settings on the web.
  2. Tap the “Connect” check box.
  3. Choose your Google account.
  4. Decide whether or not to begin a full backup of all current messages on your device, or skip to only back up messages received from that point forward.

If all you desire to do is back up everything to a Label called SMS in your Gmail, turn auto backup check box on and enjoy your day. However, if you’d like to tune things a little, please continue along.

Picking which messages to back up

  1. Head to the “Advanced Settings”.
  2. Select “Backup settings”.
  3. Choose which types of messages you would like to back up to Gmail. I usually do not back up MMS messages, but that’s just a personal preference.
  4. You can also tap on the SMS section to change the name of the label created in your Gmail account. You don’t have to do this, but keep in mind Google Hangouts also labels its messages as SMS. Try to avoid confusion; I use “SMS+” for mine.
  5. Tap the back button to save and head out.

Auto backup settings

  1. Tap on “Auto backup settings”.
  2. Select the “Regular schedule” option to set an upload frequency. The default is 2 hours, but I like to save juice and risk the loss – 24 hours will be enough.
  3. Select “Incoming schedule” to set a time in which SMS Backup+ will be triggered, after a new message arrives. It defaults to 3 minutes, which is where I leave it.
  4. Hit the back button to exit to the main screen.
  5. Tap on the “Auto backup” check box to make sure this feature is turned on.

If the scheduled backup frequency is not to your liking, or you do not want auto backups at all, there is a big Backup button at the top of the screen just waiting to be pushed. If you do like the the automatic backups, but the Regular schedule times do not work for you, it is time to use our favorite customization app, Tasker.

To use Tasker to trigger SMS backup, we will use SMS Backup+ as a Third Party extension to Tasker.

  1. Head into SMS Backup+ to enable the integration.
  2. Tap into “Auto backup settings”.
  3. Exit SMS Backup+ and head into Tasker.
  4. Create a new Tasker Task and name it appropriately.
  5. Tap the “+” button to add an action.
  6. Choose “3rd party”.
  7. Choose “SMS backup+”.
  8. That is really all there is to the task, hit the back button to save and exit the task creation.
  9. Now, you need to decide how and when Tasker should run the backup. For our purposes, let’s setup a profile that runs the backup every Sunday.
  10. Head to the “Profiles” tab of Tasker, create a new profile and name it appropriately.
  11. Choose “Day”.
  12. Tap on the “Month Day” drop-down menu and change it to “Week Day”.
  13. Choose “Sunday”.
  14. Hit the back button to save.
  15. Choose your backup task.
  16. That’s it, you are done.

What’s next

While I am sure you have far different ideas than mine when it comes to backup frequency, I hope that you see all of the available ways and times that you can use SMS Backup+ to fire your data over to Gmail.

We used a day value in our Tasker project, be sure to think outside the box for your needs. Perhaps backup your SMS messages when you connect to your home WiFi network. Maybe put a 10 minute delay after receiving a message – that’s too easy, I know, create a few Tasker profiles and tasks that add 1 to a variable every time you receive a message, then fire the backup when you get to 10 messages. Don’t forget to then reset the variable back to 0.

Finally, SMS Backup+ sends your messages to Gmail, what are you to do if you do not want to use Gmail? You know it, there are well over a million apps in the Google Play Store, I am sure a few of them can help. Might I suggest SMS Backup & Restore, also free in the Google Play Store, which saves your messages as a text file (XML, to be more accurate,) on your device. Just make sure to pull the files from the device for secure backup.

This is our favorite way to back up your messaging history and call logs. It is simple, thanks to the SMS backup+ application, but also very customizable and versatile thanks to Tasker.

Do you care to keep record of your SMS, MMS and call log history? What other tools do you use to manage things?

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Verizon Messages

Stay connected using Verizon Messages sync features for your Smartphone, tablet, and computer. Keep the conversation going even when you’re switching between devices. Connect with family, friends, teammates, and more through personalized group chats, texts, photos, videos and gift cards worth up to $100 at stores like Starbucks, Dominos, and more. Now anyone can download and chat with Verizon Messages, even non Verizon customers (available on compatible devices).

GROUP CHATS – Create larger group chats with up to 250 people. Send and receive photos/videos in seconds. Personalize your chat experience with avatars, backgrounds and more. You can even mute a conversation or add or remove members or without creating a new group.
YELP INTEGRATION – Tap the plus menu and easily access Yelp from within the app. Search for restaurants, entertainment and directions. Make plans and share the details all within your chat.
SHARE YOUR LOCATION – Glympse™ lets you share your location with the people you choose for the length of time you set. Perfect for meeting up, or letting people know you’re running late.
SEND AN eGIFT – Tap the plus menu and select eGifts icon. Easily send an eGift card right through text message. eGifting has been expanded to include eGift cards from more than 30 brands
SYNC ACROSS DEVICES – Download Verizon Messages on all your devices, and sync messages across your smartphone, tablet and computer. Switch devices whenever you want. Make calls with your tablet anywhere.
DRIVING MODE – Turn on driving mode to send an Auto-Reply message and disable incoming message notifications so you don’t get distracted on the road.
HD VOICE CALLING – Eligibility rules apply. Link your phone number to the Verizon Messages app on your tablet and make and receive calls wherever they want on any network (cellular or Wi-Fi).

Other features:
# Schedule messages to be delivered at a specific date/time, even if your phone is turned off.
# Search the web for images and gifs to include in your chat with Yahoo search.
# Express yourself through colorful Emoji’s by tapping on highlighted keywords when composing messages.
# Send and receive messages over Wi-Fi from your smartphone, iOS device, tablet, PC, MAC, and web browser.

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How to Send SMS Messages in Windows with Verizon Messages

If you're using an Android handset or iPhone on Verizon, it's very easy to send and receive SMS messages from your Windows desktop. At no extra charge, the carrier provides all of its subscribers with an application called Verizon Messages (titled Message+ on the desktop) which gives you access to all your existing text and photo messages, along with the ability to send and receive in real-time. Here's how to send SMS messages with Verizon Messages.

1. Navigate to in your browser.

2. Click Download desktop app. It's called Message+.

3. Install Message+ and launch it.

4. Click Get Started.

5. Enter your phone number and click Send Me a Text.

You will receive an SMS message on your phone with a unique PIN number.

6. Enter the PIN into the Security Code box in the Message+ app on your PC and click Log in.

The Message+ box will show a list of all your recent SMS threads.

Double click on a phone number to open that thread. It will appear in a separate window.

Click the pencil icon to compose a new message that's not part of an existing thread.

MORE: How to Send SMS Messages in Windows With Pushbullet

Add Contacts to Message+

By default, Message+ just  shows a list of phone numbers, because it doesn't sync names and faces with your Google, Facebook or local Android phone contacts list. However, you can use the Message+ app to add contacts so you the list will show names rather than just phone numbers. 

1. Select Contacts from the hamburger menu in the upper left corner.

2. Click New Contact in the upper right corner.

3. Enter the first name, last name and phone number(s) of the contact. You can also upload a photo here.

The person's name and picture (if you uploaded one) will now appear in the list of threads.

Send SMS Messages from Your Computer or Tablet

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