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.
I think the users have the right to make backup of their full information directily in theirs computers without pass through Skydrive or any hosting provider (not only photos, music and documents, but contacts, dates, messages and, of course, the phone configuration). The use of the Cloud must be volunteer, it's the only way to save the privacy of our information.
Quando terá atualização com reconhecimento de voz em protugues Brasil
Marco Mura commented
This feature is not fully implemented - we lack the ability to backup the application data (app's isolated storage).
Joao Paulo Souza commented
Quero um app para print da tela no windowsphone 7.8 lumia 900
Juan David commented
support to VPN IPSec and SLL clients!!
Pedro Markx commented
Por Favor insiram o print screem
marius muntean commented
Add VPN support standalone, in phone options NOT auto triggered by apps. IOS has it in phone options, Android has it, why not WP8??? Maybe I want to browse the web on a public HotSpot, and without a VPN I would risk exposing my data.
It's quite impossible tha WP8 doesn't have the ability to connect to a VPN server
I'd really like to have a VPN connection ability!
VPN support please
Yes vpn and https support need
Please make a way to connect to VPN in WP8.
Not completed. Cannot restore your WP8 phone exactly how it was after a reset.
Ter como copiar conteudo na tela (snapshot) , o aplicativo Instagram .No sistema 7.5 e 7.8 , não so no 8.
I love the touch screen and tiles of WP but I long for the usability and on demand total image backups to an SD card. I did manage to go nearly two years without a hard reset but you can imagine how far behind this has left me. WM 6.5 was basically better.
Bruno Bressan Scaringi commented
Print screen e mais programada urgente
Windows Phone precisava ter print screen. Aff
Joao Victor Reis commented
Sejam mais rapidos com aplicativos que nem o Play Store e o Google play, porque pelo amor de deus eles tão num patamar muito alto que a Windows, se vcs tivessem igualados a eles o WP seriam otimamente vendidos
Precisamos de print screen e o tão aguardado instagram .
Nos escolhemos o WP como prioridade por ser moderno , ter uma boa capacidade , ser um ótimo aparelho . Mais vocês não colocando disponivel os programas necessarios vocês podem estar perdendo preferencia no mercado .
Apenas um sugestão , e um pedido .