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SMS Access API

Please provide an API that provides access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application to enable scenarios such as reading or archiving SMS messages.

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    Marco MuraMarco Mura shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Sergey VasilievSergey Vasiliev shared a merged idea: Make ID_CAP_SMS and ID_CAP_SMS_COMPANION capabilities available for 3rd party developers.  ·   · 
    Sandeep KothapalliSandeep Kothapalli shared a merged idea: Provide access to read/manipulate SMS message/ Threading For Developers  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: text sms thread download  ·   · 
    WillWill shared a merged idea: Need an API to allow access to the content of SMS messages.  ·   · 
    Bhaskar PriyaBhaskar Priya shared a merged idea: Allow APIs for access to SMS storage for backing/restoring SMSs from previous phones.  ·   · 
    Kaa ChKaa Ch shared a merged idea: Read access to SMS/MMS (thread)  ·   · 
    Henry BoehlertHenry Boehlert shared a merged idea: SMS Access API  ·   · 
    LTPZLTPZ shared a merged idea: An app to backup our SMS messages that we need to save.  ·   · 
    AnonymousAnonymous shared a merged idea: open sms up to create, read, or delete sms.  ·   · 

    Currently, the platform provides a number of SMS Access from a system eventing perspective (as of Windows Phone 8.1), and Windows Phone supports sms backup/restore for consumers as part of the base OS (Settings → Backup). What we don’t provide is a backup API.

    Using SMS events: Check out the Build 2014 session (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-518) or MSDN docs on background tasks (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsphone/develop/hh977056.aspx)

    Although the capabilities are there from a consumer perspective (the core ask for the suggestion), I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’ for the API perspective. The team is aware of the ask and it is something that is being considered.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        windows phone looks great but had no apps i want windows look and android app insert the android app

      • Rolf van KuijenRolf van Kuijen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would really love to have this now, especially if Mobile wants to survive.
        (Still amazing you all haven't fired that guy who is doing the marketing and business relations, worst manager(s) ever.)

        Let me just supply the number that I want to listen to to the store as well and read out the automated messages.

      • Jason ColeyJason Coley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This seems crazy, Windows Phone needs an app that can respond to all sms messages with an automatic reply if setup. This needs to switched on and off as the user needs it. My wife is a, LMC (private) midwife, who requires this capability for after hours. She and two others handle the after hours on a roster. The sms tells the client that they can contact the midwife on-call if the matter is urgent, or it is just a non urgent question to wait until the next day. I am sure there are many other jobs that require this very basic of things also.

        Its possible on IOS and Android and has been for many years. It really is no wonder that the Windows Phone OS hasn't taken off when such simple things on other platforms are completely hamstrung.

      • Jeremy StaffordJeremy Stafford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I recall this being possible in pre 8.1 phone builds. We would also need access to the SMS history so that incoming push messages or periodic pulling from a server would be able to insert messages into a conversation for a seamless experience. In theory, this would allow user to switch between text messaging on a desktop/universal app and the phone itself without any interruption in the conversation.

        This was functionality that was previously used by the MySMS app, I believe. Once that functionality went away, the app was broken and all apps like it could no longer exist.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Really 10000 votes and still not. This is strange what could possibly be the reason.

      • Sohail HiraniSohail Hirani commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Universal SMS API in windows 10 can be used to send and recive SMS. Here is the link for the sample application: https://github.com/Microsoft/Windows-universal-samples/tree/master/Samples/SmsSendAndReceive . It requires capability "cellularMessaging". While verifying the changes check if the device is unlocked: https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/xaml/dn706236.aspx.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This needs to be there for simpler SMS registration. A user sends an SMS to a number designated for service registration and should get an automatic response in SMS threat could then be parsed out to check if registration worked. This is common in Android

      • Mike-EEEMike-EEE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wow... 10,000 votes, and it's been over a year since the last MSFT response on this... what is the status of this (very popular -- currently rated #1 by FAR) feature request?

      • AndrewAndrew commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yer, fingers crossed for this one. I've started on an android version of the app and hoping by the time I release that MS have this released the private API for public.

      • Mike-EEEMike-EEE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wow... 10,000 votes, and it's been over a year since the last MSFT response on this... what is the status of this (very popular -- currently rated #1 by FAR) feature request?

      • sleerfsleerf commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        By the way... This should be integrated with cortana so I can be typing on a document and say "Hey cortana. Send a text to Cheryl to let her know I'll be leaving from work 20 minutes late" and it gets sent in the background from my phone without me even having to stop typing my document. It's time for MS to be Magnificent. :-)

      • sleerfsleerf commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is the one thing holding me back from buying a windows phone. I HATE touch screen keyboards and whenever possible I use my tablet PC with a real keyboard to send and receive text messages via mightytext. There is absolutely no comparable capability with windows phone and I use this far too much to even consider changing although I REALLY REALLY want to move to a complete windows integrated environment with my phone, nokia 2570 tablet, fujitsu T904 tablet PC on WINX and home PC/home "server" with WINX. PLEASE open the API so people can develop this and I can move to a windows phone and buy the developer's software!

      • AndrewAndrew commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Really hope this comes with W10 and is available to normal developers. Even if your app had to go through more checks to make sure this wouldn't be exploited. How else are we meant to get apps for smart watches etc that can handle the sending a receiving of texts.

      • social developersocial developer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Does Nadella know why there are no WP developers? Because you guys treat us with such contempt. Just look at all the issues here...

        Sort this out and WP would be the best thing out there.

      • Sergey VasilievSergey Vasiliev commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Make ID_CAP_SMS and ID_CAP_SMS_COMPANION capabilities available for 3rd party developers. This will allow us, developers to create apps for companion devices and do some automation tasks based on external triggers. Wearable devices manufacturers do not pay to much attention to WP. So give us a way to create 3rd party apps for them.

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