How to Backup and Restore Data on Windows Phone

By | July 1, 2014

If you have Windows Phone then for at backup only you no need to think very much, Microsoft provides 7 GB of cloud space to save almost all your files and applications there automatically but you must have internet connections to upload those files.

But to use the backup facility you need to sign in with your Live or Outlook account to get the access of the cloud. Not only that, if you want to restore the backup which you have created then just follow few steps to get it done.

First of all here we will go through the tutorial to backup Data on Windows Phone and then how to restore those backups.


How to Backup and Restore Data on Windows Phone

Steps to Backup Data on Windows Phone

As I just told, you must have an Outlook or Live account and a Windows Phone, you probably have one. Now walk through the Windows Phone apps list, go to settings and tap backup, there you will see three categorized options for creating backup.

  • app list+settings
  • text messages
  • photos


Apps + Settings includes these things,

  • Your Internet Explorer favorites.
  • The custom words you’ve added to your phone’s dictionary.
  • The passwords for your accounts.
  • Your call history.
  • The apps you’ve installed on your phone, along with high scores and progress from participating apps.
  • The accounts you’ve set up on your phone.
  • Your Start screen layout and theme color.
  • Settings from around your phone, including photos, messaging, email and accounts, lock screen, Speech preferences and more.

To backup apps+settings, go to Settings->Backup->apps+settings, make sure you have connected to WiFi network because sometimes due to weak internet speed it doesn’t allow you to create backup.

text messages, it automatically creates the back up of your SMS and MMS messages to the cloud. That way, the next time if you get a new Windows Phone, you can restore those conversations and any important SMS when you set up the handset. Keep one thing in mind, when you delete any message from your phone, it’ll be deleted from the cloud as well, you can recover only those threads which is present in you phone right now.

To backup text messages, go to Settings->Backup->text messages.

photos, you can automatically upload your photos and videos to the cloud and get to them later from any computer or device that connects to the internet. usually people doesn’t upload the videos to the cloud as it consumes more data to save them on cloud, better you can upload any video on YouTube by creating an account. Here are three options will appear if you runs Windows Phone 8,

  • Tap Don’t upload if you don’t want to automatically upload your photos or videos.
  • Tap Good quality to automatically upload photos at a resolution that uses less data. (This option isn’t available for videos on Windows Phone 8.1.)
  • Tap Best quality to automatically upload photos or videos at the highest possible resolution.

How to restore Backup on Windows Phone

  • Sign in using the same Microsoft account you used when you created your backup.
  • When you’re prompted to restore your phone, tap the backup you want to use, then tap Next.
  • If you’re asked to verify your account, provide the necessary security code, then tap Next.
  • Wait for the restore to complete, then tap Next.
  • Do one thing:
    • Enter passwords for your restored accounts, then tap Next.
    • Tap Skip if you want to enter your passwords later.
  • Tap Done.

That’s it, you have successfully created and restored backup Data on Windows Phone. If you even want check those photos, videos and app-list on the cloud then just follow this link and login with your Live or Outlook account.