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.
how are you so short sighted not to think a windows phone would need VPN, do you not want businesses to use it?
You should create a Print Screen app.
Gostaria de Instagram
Gostaria que houvesse Print screen
Ranganadh Kodali commented
Please Add feature to add VPN L2TP. and another simple,
1. there is no option to search contacts from Dial Pad.
2. Existing Search button in Call history is not searching existing people contacts.
3. Single Search option is missing i.e what apple phones have. single Search option Should at least capable to search on EMAIL,CONTACT,FACEBOOK,MUSIC, VIDEOS,EMAIL
Instagram, print scren, e uma função de girar e recortar fotos né
No windows phone 7.8, será possivel tirar print da tela? E girar uma foto tirada?
Need transfer from wp7 to wp8 app
Please add abbility to conect via VPN , iNSTAGRAM
Print screen , instagram
Print screen , instagram and Best apps
Um print screem
Edson Mugrave commented
Please release the function to take print screen of Windows Phone, it's very important for us users, now thanks!
Diônitas Santos commented
m iOs and a have one suggestion, when user write some word oftentimes times, add this word in dictionary, because my name is Diônitas and every time I write my name this phone say, this wrong. I am a develop, this dont have a big difficult.
John Welsh commented
Please include the ability to connect via VPN.
I would make snapshot, released already?
Please add support to VPN on WP8.
Moises de Oliveira commented
I suggest you include in the next update 7.8 or update the snapshot function because some people need this function (basic function of a smartphone)
Carlos Viana commented
Devolver a grana de todo mundo que investiu nu OS bem limitado...