Video : Backup & Export SMS from Windows Phone ( Homebrew / Unlocked Phones )

by Ashish


Seems like I missed a lot when on Vacation because SMS Backup Tool for Windows Phone came out sometimes back and it works on couple of Windows Phone which is unlocked and possibly Interop Unlock. Check the list of Phones over which it is working and why not on others but as it gets working, we will keep you posted.

SMS Backup Menus

Features of SMS Backup

How the Tool Works ?


App Working

Once you install the app, launch it and it will display all your SMS . You can browse the SMS using navigation tool there. To backup, click on Menu bar and select Backup and Export. You can backup either in isolated storage or Skydrive ( Highly Recommended ) and use the text format as it is more readable. XML format will be more usable only when restore option comes in.

Dont Want to use SkyDrive ?  Use isolated Storage Tool

For users who do not want to use Skydrive as an option, I will suggest you to use this Windows Phone Manager Tool. Using this tool is simple,  Install this tool and launch Zune and select Extract SMS from Device and you will get option to export individual SMS, Conversation or all in XML or Text Format.


A bit of history if you are interested so you understand why it does not work on your phone. Basically all the SMS on Windows Phone are backedup internally over a XML files known as CommsBackup.xml which is stored in isolated storage of Windows Phone. This tool basically copies that XML and extracts SMS from it and then exports.  So now any Windows Phone which does not allow to work with that will restrict this app to extract SMS.

SMS Over Skydrive Proof

List of Windows Phone for which it is Working / Not Working

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Video Demo

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