SMS Access API
Please, provide a way to backup the texts.
Or, at least, provide a API access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application for SMS backing up.
Use this to create an SMS manager. Last year there were 6 trillion sms messages sent. In asia the do not have fancy data plans but rely on SMS. Need to open this up for greater adoption especially in the largest market in the world.
With the WP8 release, the team did add the capability for consumers to have the device backup texts (which has been added within the WP8 OS), but the platform still doesn’t have an API to do this.
As such, I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’. The team is aware of the ask and it is something that is being considered.
So.. In just 8 days, this request will be 2 1/2 years old and every one of your early adopters who needs to keep their texts for personal, legal or business reasons still can't sell, reset or upgrade their phone and there is likely a high percentage of ex-users that simply can't use their phone until they can perform the latter two.
When will something be done for owners of phones using 7.8 or lower? Rest assured, the market share on this OS is now low enough to enable some sort of access to retrieve texts.. or do we have to keep our redundant hardware until the 7 year statute for business records is up?
Godwin Stewart commented
Having text messages backed up to SkyDrive so that they can be sync'ed across devices is great, but I would really like access to the messages via an API so that I can, for example, archive (not back up!) and then delete messages older than a certain age. The built-in ability to delete an entire thread or every last message stored in the phone just isn't fine-grained enough.
I am on WP 7.8 and wanting to move to WP8 but can't as I cannot risk losing the current set of SMS messages that I have on my phone. They are simply that critical to me!
Sakari Vehkavuori commented
Why is nobody able to write this application, or is it dependent on MS to release something?
I moved from old Symbian to new Windows phone, and I cannot comprehend that there is no way to write messages in computer and send them through the phone or then just simply save them!!!
20131105 - One yer later from "UNDER REVIEW"
Is this possible yet?
It is the only issue holding me back from a much needed migration to WINDOWS PHONE 8.
Dermot Boyle commented
Adding my voice to this - was chatting with a friend at the weekend and promised him that if there were no WP8 apps already available which let him manage, sort and backup sms messages that I would write him one. Hard to believe this API is not yet available:-(
Johnny minty commented
Common Microsoft - this is a no brainer.
Please, add an API and a Data Import/Export app ASAP. As it stands now windows phone is a not a viable option for me.
I couldn't believe there is no way to import/export sms, I ended up buying again two android phones for me and my wife instead of two excellent nokia lumia, and that's sad.
I can't lock forever my personal data into a device/platform/cloud service (eg. skydrive).
please add test message backup
why can't we have nice things like this?
Photos taken on the fly when sending an SMS are also trapped, that is they are NOT available in Pictures and Zune does NOT sync them to the PC.
How dissapointing to have a great photo trapped in your phone.
In short, we need API for:
- checking, that user really sends SMS with specific content to specific number, like registration or public transfer tickets
- checking for received SMS messages, if the app waits for confirmation code
- API for browsing the SMS history (with specific user consent)
Lennon Arcaro commented
We would like to get Access to the SMS Interceptor API so that we can send and receive texts in the background. This would make it exponentially easier to reach customers in emerging markets, where the current volume is.
Marco Mura commented
I posted this idea on Jun 4 2011, when WP7.5 was about to be released and WP8 was only a speculation.
Now we have the General Distribution Release 2 for WP8 and no plans from Microsoft to include this widely-requested API (this is the top idea here for more than a year) to the SDK.
It seems that Microsoft doesn't care at all about its developers (and users' requests in general)...
Helen Farran commented
And now it is August 28, 2013 and I just spent several hours searching desperately for this feature. I would take anything that could even allow me to extract a single conversation from my sms messages. I can't get a new phone or upgrade to Windows 8 phone until I have a way to save my texts. Please!!!! PLEASE, give us something!!! At least provide a more recent comment on where this issue stands today, Cliff Simpkins.
Goncalo Oliveira commented
The 'under review' response was given in Dec 4, 2012. We're in Aug 2013. That's almost 8 months! And there is still not a more positive answer.
I myself see this as a total disregard for the WP community that adopted the platform in the early days.
I too have a WP 7, locked safely with countless critical SMS that can't be moved anywhere, not even to a text file. Everyday I'm hoping the phone doesn't die because there's content I don't have anywhere else. Some time ago, I had to deliver my phone to the court in the following of a legal process, because I had no other way of extracting the content - at that time, I did not have another phone, so I had to buy a "normal old-fashioned" phone to go by for a few days, and guess what? I managed to backup the SMS from that "normal old-fashioned" phone.
This can't be that hard to accomplish, so what about you start respecting the community that is trying to support you?
Ciaran Morgan commented
Even if a full SMS Access API cannot/will not be provided, can there not be some consideration to an "Outlook Connector for Windows Phone". This would allow for a number of functions to be encompassed including the concept of an inbox for SMS messages (i.e. a backup), an outbox/sent items to allow for sending SMS/MMS messages through Outlook and a tethered/WiFi/BT connected phone, a much simpler way for managing contacts and calendar entries. It would also restore the functionality to WP that existed under Windows Mobile and which currently exists on pretty much all other mobile platforms.
Also, it doesn't matter if you are WP7.5, 7.8 8.x and should also allow for the transitioning to a new phone - like others, I now have hundreds of SMS messages that I absolutely must protect and cannot at present.
BTW, I am on WP 7.8 and wanting to move to WP8 but can't as I cannot risk losing the current set of SMS messages that I have on my phone. They are simply that critical to me!
I m just checking to see if there is an API exposed to do this? If not are there any WP service coming up that will help back up the SMS etc?
This is a joke. You've lost another customer.
Rodrigo Pereira commented
Release the API to full access to SMS