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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 →
    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.  ·   · 
    Henry BoehlertHenry Boehlert shared a merged idea: SMS Access API  ·   · 
    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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      • 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.

      • Terry BittnerTerry Bittner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is an ABSOLUTE necessity for many of us. We need to be able to programmatically receive a copy of the SMS message so we can react to it's content if it's for our application. I have a fantastic idea for an app that will be very valuable world wide and I'm also using one of MS web services to provide the desired functionality. I need to provide two way SMS messaging in order for the app to be truly successful.

      • Andrey KalinovskiyAndrey Kalinovskiy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Situation with SMS API looks like 'there are two opinions - one is my and another one is incorrect'. A lot of developers has strong arguments why this feature is important to be implemented but MS is still not ready for the dialog". So, what are the goals of uservoice site?

      • ZikZik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When I read the responses from the Microsoft rep, it's clear to me that Microsoft just doesn't get it. It's unfortunate, but it appears that the people who are making product capability decisions for Windows Phone, are oftentimes clueless about how people want to use their phones. For Cliff to be claiming that the requested feature in this thread is largely satisfied from a consumer level by the backup to OneDrive feature, as currently implemented is ludicrous.

        Cliff, what we want is the ability to EXPORT our SMS data in unencrypted format to a file system that we have access to. How is that so difficult to understand? Why is this seemingly so difficult to implement?

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