Store SMS messages in Evernote with mysms

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Store SMS messages in Evernote with mysms

Posted by Rafe Needleman on 05 Nov 2012

Posted by Rafe Needleman on 05 Nov 2012

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With the new version of the smartphone app mysms, you can now save your text message conversations to Evernote. It’s a very useful addition to a cool tool.

Mysms can archive all your text messages to Evernote.

Back in September, Martin Pansy, managing director of the company behind mysms, approached me to talk about his app and a potential integration with Evernote. He pitched me first the basic mysms service, which extends the SMS capability on a smartphone to other connected devices. With the app installed on your phone, any SMS you receive or send is reflected to the mysms cloud service, so you can see it on a Web browser or on any other device running a mysms application.

What’s cool is that you don’t need a new SMS phone number for this, and you don’t have to convince the people you text with to download and install a third-party messaging product. With mysms, any device becomes a terminal from which you can send or receive text messages with your current phone number. Leave your phone in the other room while you’re working a desktop PC? If the phone gets a message, you’ll see it on your PC. Or say you just want to use a big laptop or desktop keyboard to compose messages. Mysms is the tool for you.

When Martin and I met, he talked to me about how useful he thought it would be if text messages were also archived in Evernote. That way, you would never lose a text message, and you could easily search within your historic conversations. Mysms, he said, could be the gateway for this service.

It wasn’t necessary for me to do anything to enable Martin’s team to build the addition, since the Evernote APIs are open and documented, but I did officially bless the idea, and a small team here at Evernote worked with Martin’s developers as the integration was built, offering a little bit of guidance and advice as his guys did the hard work.

We’re pleased with the result. With the app running, SMS messages to your existing smartphone number are archived into a dedicated Evernote notebook. The app creates a note for each each person you trade messages with, and every time you get or send a message to a person, it is added to their note. It also archives picture messages.

There are versions of mysms for Android phones and tablets, and for iPhone and Windows Phones. You can also get it on your desktop (Windows and Mac), or just use it in a browser. It doesn’t matter how many devices you have or what operating systems they have; with mysms, all your machines get all your messages.

We think it’s a cool tool, especially for Android smartphone users (on iOS it’s not as tightly integrated with the phone, but it’s still very useful).

Get mysms in the Evernote Trunk. Direct links: Android | iOS | Windows Phone.

Rafe Needleman is Evernote’s Platform Advocate, and author of Evernote’s Opportunity Notes blog about startups.

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  • @dr3do

    Cool feature. Have installed the mysms update. Connected to Evernote… and now? How does it work? Full automatically or? No idea how to get it to work. :(

    • Martin

      Dear @dr3do

      If you’ve already connected mysms and Evernote your texts should be synced automatically to your notes in Evernote. For more details please check our website: http://www.mysms.com/en/evernote.

      Hope this helps, otherwise please get in touch with mysms customer support on Twitter or FB.

      • @dr3do

        Everything fine now. It just took a while till first syncing was done. All new (!) SMS since feature activation have been synced. :-)

  • Whiteo

    Cool! Next step is to integrate this with Evernote Hello! I’m keen to start using this but kinda holding back if there are no plans to integrate with evernote hello
    Any plans in the pipeline and if there will be ability to transition the already created notes to Hello profiles?

  • Paul

    “What’s cool is that you don’t need a new SMS phone number for this, and you don’t have to convince the people you text with to download and install a third-party messaging product. With mysms, any device becomes a terminal from which you can send or receive text messages with your current phone number.”

    Just tried this app, and the only way for people to receive messages from someone using mysms is to have the same app, which means the description above is not accurate.

    Did I miss something?

    • Rafe Needleman

      That is true on the iPhone. On Android, mysms captures all text messages, even if the recipient is not using the app.

  • sra0

    I would gladly use this wonderful feature; unfortunately here in India we get tooooo many unsolicited marketing SMSs from strange unverifiable numbers.
    ‘mysms’ should have a way to block/spam such numbers and prevent future SMS from the same number.

  • EdH

    “With the app running, SMS messages to your existing smartphone number are archived into a dedicated Evernote notebook.”

    And that is why I won’t install it. I am tired of apps that integrate with EN forcing me to use their custom notebook. It is as bad, or *worse* than apps on Windows that create a folder in the Documents folder. Thanks for the heads up as otherwise I would have installed it, found a new notebook, then had to delete the notebook and uninstall the app.

    Nice idea and I’d like to give it a go, but not until I can configure a notebook of my choosing and the tag(s) I want.

  • Jerry Dugan

    Can this work with Tiger Texting? The awareness training we provide includes a piece on cyber stalking and a service called Tiger Texting. I wonder if this new Evernote capability (mysms) could be used to protect those who are stalked and harassed by abusive partners since saving texts its a challenge.

  • Nathan Jones

    I may have just missed it, but I don’t see anything on the mysms website about pricing or how they pay for running the service. If they don’t have a business model, why should I trust them with my SMS data?

  • Emory

    It seems that only new texts are stored in Evernote. It would be nice if you could get older ones stored also. Or am I overlooking something?

  • Ed

    Hrm… what happened to my comment about the app creating a new notebook just for its data, and how frustrating that is? I thought this was a place for feedback.

    Interesting… it looks like a good app and I’d like to try it, but if I kept every app that I’ve tried that creates a dedicated notebook in my Evernote file, I’d have 20 custom named notebooks.

    • David Szpunar

      Your comment appears to have posted above, if you are also EdH. Probably got caught in spam filter and got held for moderation temporarily is my guess (but I’m just a user too :-)

  • Alfonso Madrid.

    This is a great platform . Congratulations.

  • ShawnVW

    Can you use the service without a smartphone?

    I know that may sound silly, but I have a feature phone. I can’t install any apps, but it gets text messages, and it can go to mobile websites.

  • Justin

    This creates major tag bloat.

    It has created a new tag for every number and then every name attached to that number that I SMS with. That is hundreds of tags and I have no obvious control over this.

    I would prefer a single tag (that I chose the name of) for all SMSs notes and then but the name & number in the title of the note.

    As it is I cannot use it.

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