Windows 10 and its compatibility with handheld devices has shown clearly that Microsoft intends to create a one-OS environment in the near future. However, this doesn’t take anything away from the earlier operating system versions released by MS. A lot of business users still rate Windows 7 over any other later variant, while Windows Phone 8 has garnered a similar fan-base. If you haven’t used your Windows Phone to give Windows 10 a try, and are using it on Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has just released a delightful app for you. ‘contacts+message backup’ allows users to backup Windows Phone contact list and text archives. There are already a lot of apps and even built-in options that let you do that, so what’s different about contacts+message backup?
contacts+message backup is an app, but it doesn’t get installed on your device like ordinary apps. It basically acts like an extension to the stock Settings app. You won’t see an app icon, but there is a new entry in Settings that lets you backup Windows Phone contacts and texts to the SD card.
Once installed, head to the Settings app and go to the newly added backup menu. As you would expect, the main page of the menu has two options; ‘backup’ and ‘restore’. If the backup option is selected, the next screen allows you to choose from three entities to backup. You can backup Windows Phone contact list, SMS, and MMS with this app. All this data is exported to an app-specific folder in the memory card.
To restore the backed up data at any time, relaunch the app and select the second option on the app’s main screen. It is possible to create multiple backups using the app, and each backup file is distinguished by the date and time you made it. A great feature of contacts+message backup is its ability to let users restore selective data. Say, you only want to restore your MMS, and leave everything else in its present state. Just choose the relevant option and hit ‘restore’.
The app doesn’t play nice in some instances with dual-SIM phones, but we are hoping that Microsoft will fix this soon. The problem is not a deal-breaker anyway, and only affects the restoration of text messages in rare cases.
contacts+message backup is a very useful app, and anyone who is on a Windows Phone 8.1 device with a memory card should give it a go. The fact that it is completely non-intrusive and doesn’t take up a lot of space adds to the value.