How to back-up SMS on Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft released an application that allows you to back-up your SMS on Windows Phone 8.1 to your SD card. Note that the application does not work at the moment for Windows Phones without a SD card.


  1. Download the ‘contacts+message backup‘ from the Windows Phone Store here.
  2. Open ‘Settings‘ application.
  3. Scroll to the bottom, and find ‘contacts+message backup’. On Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 (Update 2), it can be found in the ‘extras‘ section.

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Contacts will be backed up to the *.vcf file format. It can be used with various software on Android, iOS, Microsoft Outlook, Google Contacts and so on, …


Text messages are backed up to a XML format.

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