I'm brand new to windows phone 8 and I realize that the built-in SMS backup service only restores texts present on the phone. I need a true backup service that I had on my android phone so I can backup all communications with my ex-wife. Is there anything
available on the store?
I just found an app that someone (tfadi <- I think) wrote in the Windows App Store titled
"Windows Phone Message Backup".
The app allowed me to pull down all of my backed up SMS and MMS messages from my WP8 phone to my Windows 8.1 machine, and
export individual messages or entire threads to .txt
files out on my OneDrive account.
That's exactly what I needed to get to my old text messages.
I just downloaded and ran it against my SMS/MMS messages. It worked very nicely. It has a few rough edges, but that's the beta experience. It's from
You can get the app from
here. That link will run the Windows Store app and take you to the app.
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There is NOW an app for that called contacts+message backup
Contacts + Message Backup app is a Settings app that enables you to make backup of all your contacts (in VCF format) and messages (SMS & MMS including attachments) to SD card (in XML format) for later restore to same or another Windows Phone.
Backup is stored in 'backup+restore' folder on the SD card.
Known Issue: Restoring a backup of messages from a dual SIM Windows Phone restores all messages to message store for the first SIM/slot.
Note: To use this app, please go to Settings on your Windows Phone. This app will NOT appear in your list of installed apps.