Enable a way to backup a Windows Phone, including SMS/MMS and applications and settings
Auto full backup of entire phone state to SkyDrive with the option to set via WiFi only.
This is a major issue that has persisted unaddressed since the release of WindowsPhone in November 2010. Microsoft has indeed demonstrated strong developer support with outstanding tools and even catering to SmartPhone-aware users by including features that many come to expect such as Copy-Paste in the “NoDo” update.
Unfortunately, addressing the question of backup and restore has never been given priority.
For the "Mango" release users were led to believe that there was some form of backup and restore functionality on the way; however after attempting this manually most users realized that a backup would only be performed when an update was made available. These updates are too far apart to justify the rationale for not allowing for more frequent backups.
Whether a transfer for restore is needed to be performed, every bit of data should be backed up.
This data would include:
- System settings (lock screen & wallpaper, theme, wifi, ringtones, etc.)
- App settings
- App data (local storage and game saves)
- App manifest and app installs (Marketplace)
- Contacts via People Hub
- Call history
- Messaging history (text threads, online chat, etc.)
- Photos and videos
None of the above information is device specific; and in the case of different platform versions, data such as apps would be re-installed, as opposed to just copied back over.
With that said, obviously the functionality does indeed exist, as demonstrated in backups created when an update is available. The question comes down to why this functionality isn't more readily available.
One usability concern would be whether or not the backup and restore functionality should in fact be manual or automatic. This could be a user preference that puts some responsibility on the user to either allow for automatic backups performed when connected to Zune or manual by clicking a "backup" button. In either case "checkpoints" would be created (similar to Windows System Restore Points).
For "Mango" there were also hints that a cloud-based backup solution would be made available; however at this time the only thing that gets restored from the cloud – via Live – is your contact and calendar information. A cloud-based backup and restore solution is welcome however a local solution via Zune should also be present (and again is demonstrated to work in updates).
This is an unacceptable amount of steps needed for the transfer user experience; and there are similar concerns that have been lingering when it comes to backup and restore functionality.
What is being expected of the user is to remember or otherwise personally keep track of several locations that different portions of device state and data may be located; and then the user is required to perform a series of complex steps to get the device in a state that isn’t even close to the original expected configuration. This is punishing the user and does not provide peace of mind to the user; nor does it entice a user to try a new device. Lastly, it leaves the user helpless in the event that a disaster occurs with their WindowsPhone device.
Regardless of the fact that there are different hardware configurations in the different flavors of devices available, one thing remains true: there is only one platform. This is different from the segmented Android market; however it is more of a hybrid situation compared to iOS (many more devices yet still a unified platform). Because there is only one platform it shouldn’t matter what WindowsPhone device a user has.
This isn't an anti-Microsoft or pro-competitor rant, but a plea to prioritize features vs. required functionality that should represent the core of the WindowsPhone platform.
PLEASE develop a feature that facilitates a true 100% backup/restore of EVERYTHING on the Windows Phone 7 (i.e., text message threads, configuration settings, apps)
Backup of all content of phone to allow user to restore on to new device purchased or replacement device
to live.com account / cloud
This feature is now available in Windows Phone 8.
PRINT SCREEN WP 7.8 NOOOOOOOOOOOOW
Isabella Fidelis commented
Print Screen WP 7.8 please
Currently I have WP7. There is no way I would buy a WP8 unless I have an easy way to migrate everything from my existing WP7 to WP8.
Leonardo Lauryel commented
Vocês deveriam acrescentar um recurso de print screen no windows phone!
when will WP8 have VPN support?
Print Screen WP7
How to connect VPN on Lumia 520
Na musica e no vídeo, possibilitar ouvir/ver certa parte do arquivo sem ter que ouvir a musica inteira, pular para a parte desejada
Print screen. Improve the facebook Messenger on Sms, better alerts
Print Screen on Windows Phone 7.8, please!
PRINT SCREEN ON WINDOWS PHONE 7.8
Luiz Felipe commented
PRINT SCREEN!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!
PRINT SCREEN ON WINDOWS PHONE 7.8
I NEED D:
VPN , XMPP chat client like pidgin
VPN Support, MHL or any other option that will allow user to connect to external video.
even Basic phones of 5 years ago have more advance features than this phone
How I can configure or get an VPN application on my Lumia 920?
Backup for Win Phone 7.8 needed!
Kept getting error code 80004003 when trying to update or download apps for months and the only sollution seems to be a hard reset. I don't want to loose all my text messages!
Draft in massage, sms backup call reject vai msg, group masage alot of chagesh required in w 7.8 phone. w 7.8 phone was recycable.