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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Motorola RAZR V3 - How to Transfer SMS Text Messages to Your Computer Guide - Step-by-Step

If you have a copy of Motorola's Mobile Phone Tools, then this problem is not a difficult problem for you. In fact, there is s simple guide here that can walk your through transferring or copying your SMS Text Messages from your Motorola Mobile Phone (RAZR V3 in my case) to your computer. However, if you have not sprung for a licensed version of MPT, then there are other, free ways to get all of the SMS Text Messages stored onto your personal computer (PC) for safe storage.

Let me admit though, it was not easy for me to get this functionality to work. Several different tools, versions, and trials were required to finally get access to the SMS text messages via one of the free tools. Interestingly, access to things like the SMS text messages and phone books (contacts) are NOT via the standard P2K mode. This means that core programs like P2KCommander will not necessarily work for you.

Rather, you need a program that also supports 'AT' or Motorola phone modem mode to get to those items via USB cable, generally speaking. In fact, I tried out several programs including LeaderGL FlexEditor (10.0, 10.4, 10.6, & 10.8), P2KMan, P2KTools (P2KTools2 - 0.8.3, 0.8.6, 0.9.1, P2KTools3 -,,,,,,,,,, MotoKit v1.06, and MotoDataRecovery, all with varying levels of success. In general, the majority of the programs stopped supporting (LeaderGL 10.4 was the last supported version with SMS Text Messages) SMS Text Messages, or did not work properly. In fact, the ONLY program I was able to get to work was P2KTools version 0.8.6, build 406. If you are looking for that, you can download it from this page. It will require a tool capable or dealing with RAR archives such as WinRAR.

Fortunately, with P2KTools2, there is little configuration -- just unzip and you are ready to go assuming you have drivers installed for P2K devices.

If you are able to use this guide, please let me know with a comment below. Here is the step-by-step.

1. Start up the P2KTools2 program by clicking on the P2KTools.exe file that you extracted to the folder of your choice. Notice in the lower left hand corner that the program should be green and show as connected. The default opens up to P2K mode, click on the down arrow next the the green icon with 'Switch to' label and select 'Switch to AT mode'.

2. First verify that you are still connected in the lower left hand corner, it should also be a blue icon now. This is the default screen for the AT mode that will be used to transfer the SMS text messages to your PC. Now click on the 'SMS' button to go to your SMS text messages manager.

3. This is the default SMS text message mailbox manager. Expand the plus (+) next to the phone and click on the 'Inbox' to see the SMS text messages in your inbox.

4. This is the view of your inbox, you can also view your Outbox, Sent, and Draft SMS Text messages by clicking on the proper icon. You can view the content of any message by clicking or double-clicking on the message.

5. To save or export the SMS Text Messages, you can either save individual messages or a group of messages from your phone in P2KTools. To do this, click on the individual messages or multiple messages (hold down shift / control when clicking or use the shift plus down arrow to select multiples) and then click on the save button. You can then specify where you want to save these items in a text file. Alternatively, you can also create new messages, delete old messages that you do not want to save, or clear an entire folder if you want. Be careful, once messages are deleted, they cannot be recovered!

Congratulations, now you have been able to access the SMS Text Messages from your Motorola V3 RAZR or other Motorola / P2K compatible phone and save them to your local personal desktop or laptop computer!

This guide may be compatible with the following mobile phones:
A1200, A1200e, A1200i, A1200r, A630, A732, A780, A780+, A835, A845, A910, c390, C698p, E1, E1 iTunes, E1000, E1070, E1070R, E2, E398, E398B, E550, E680, E680g, E680i, E690, E770, E770V, E790, E790 iTunes, E815, E815, E816m, E825, K1c, K1cm, K1m, K1mm, K1m-Sprint, K1s, K1v, K3, L2, L6, L6e, L6i, L6-imode, L7, L71, L72, L7c, L7c-SLVR Sprint, L7e, L7i, L7-imode, L9, L9-orange, Ming, Ming Refresh, Ming EDGE, MOTOKRZR K1, MOTOKRZR K1t, MOTOKRZR K3, MOTOKRZRmaxxK3, MOTORAZR maXX V3, MOTORAZR V3xx, MOTORAZR V9mm, MOTORAZR2V9HSDPA, MOTORAZRmaXXV3, MOTORIZR Z6, MOTOROKR E6, MOTOROKR E6, MOTOROKR E6e, PEBL U3, PEBL U6, PEBL-U6, Pico, RAZRmaxxV3i-mode, RAZRV3x, RAZR3xR, RAZRV3xv, RazrV3xx, RazrV3xxi, RazrV3xxv, RazrV6, RazrV6v, RazrV6vb, RazrV6vc, ROKR E1, ROKR E1 iTunes, SLVR RED, U5m, U6, V1075, V1100, V195, V197, V215, V280, V3, V3 CTP, V3/p, V323i, V325i, V330, V330i, V360, V360i, V360m, V360q, V360v, V361, V362, V365, V367p, V3am, V3b, V3c, V3c Rev2, V3cm, V3i, V3i EDGE, V3_iTunes, V3i_Screen3, V3iv, V3m, V3mm, V3m-Sprint, V3r, V3re, V3t, V3v, V3x, V3xr, V3xv, V500, V500m, V501, V505, V525, V525m, V535, V536, V540, V545, V547, V550, V551, V551j, V551m, V555, V557, V557p, V560, V600, V600i, V600m, V620, V635, V635i, V6maxx, V710, V710m, V8, V80, V9, V9m, V9mS, W385, W385 ROW, W510, W510-orange, Z3, Z3mS, V6m, Z6tv

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Daniel Allington said...

Thanks for the guide. I've got a problem, though: the icon in the bottom left of P2KTools is red, and it says 'Disconnected'. What should I do?
All the best

Noire said...

i have the same prob as Daniel

Anonymous said...

Mine shows a blue icon but its not showing the texts in my inbox- what gives?