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.
this Future on Windows 8 not incl. apps/mms/sms/config
its only sync Foto/Video/Music
I'm sorry but I don't believe this request has been completed.
See this link: http://allaboutwindowsphone.com/features/item/16663_When_is_a_backup_not_a_backup_.php
PorFavor print no wp 7.8
Marketplace not available in your country/region. (Mine is set to Malta)
Ulisses Salomon commented
ok e o que fazemos como backup dos contatos no windows phone 7.5????
Fabricio Messias commented
Print screen, instagram e a não desativação do wifi em stand by.
print screen, instagram and the option to keep enable the wifi in stand by mode.
Print screen, instagram e a não desativação do wifi em stand by
Luiz Felipe commented
The bluetooth should have compatibility with other devices from different manufacturers smartphone app to take're missing print, could improve, hugs!
I searched on Internet but for me, this feature is not supported by Windows Phone 8. Yes, the backup of the SMS/MMS is done and also the settings of the mobile but the backup of the data of the applications is not done yet.
If I'm wrong, ok. But if I'm right, I will not continue with Windows Phone anymore and I will continue my next developpements with Android.
Alex Spell commented
GIVE IT UP, MICROSOFT!!! --- YOU SUCK! --- YOU WILL ALWAYS BE the THIRD or the FORTH BEST!!!
THE WAY YOU DESIGN YOU OPERATION SYSTEMs, PHONEs and other **** you do - IT's NOT FOR REAL PEOPLE, YOU JUST DON'T GIVE A **** - IT's FOR SOME SORT OF HUMANOIDs THAT PAPA BILL THINKs EXIST))
I HAD ENOUGH OF IT with MY SO-CALLed "Windows Phone 7" and HOW I'M SWITCHING INTO an iPhone! Didn't really want to, but YOU MADE ME, Microsoft! You made me to be like everyone else - seeking for ease of use and a design for humans!
NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, "Microscopic-SOFT", YOU WILL ALWAYS SUCK!!!
I need VPN support, I live in Iran, and if I cant setup a VPN for my mobile device, the cellphone useless!
youtube, facebook, bbc and more and more ... is filter in iran...
Please, we need VPN support for Windows phone 8
Podia ter o progama Instagram para windows phone , pq eo que todos querem
Print scream, instagram, Bluetooth, only
Luyza Majara commented
Print Screen, e instagram ! É so o que falta :/
Print Screen and Instagram, please!
this is NOT completed as APP data is not backed up. The current backup function is helpful but incomplete!
Paloma Figueiredo commented
Print Screen App!
We have iOS and Androids on VPN. Windows 8 Phone must have this soon or else it will fail our piloting this phones for enterprise.
Lucas Tolentino commented
Poderiam colocar a nossa disposição o Aplicativo Zello... Ele faiz uma falta para quem tinha android como eu