How to Backup Contacts & SMS to SD Card in Windows Phone

contacts + message backupWhile it was already possible to backup contacts and SMS to SD card on Lumia phones (via Transfer my Data app), Microsoft has now published an app called ‘contacts+message backup‘ to the store which can backup contacts and text/sms messages from any Windows Phone device (including Lumias of-course) to the MicroSD Memory Card.

Backing Up Contacts & Messages

The contacts+message backup app when installed does not show up in the list of installed apps. It instead adds an entry to the settings app called ‘contacts+message backup‘ which can be used to backup the contents. Here’s how to backup, step by step.

  1. Download and Install the contacts+message backup app from the Store. Store link and QR can be found at the end of this post.
  2. When installed, go to Settings and scroll to the end of the list and select contacts+message backup.
  3. Tap on agree to accept the license terms.
  4. Tap on backup, select the items to backup viz contacts, SMS and MMS and finally tap on backup again to start the backup process.backup contacts message backup wp
  5. The backup process will start and the progress can be seen towards the bottom of the screen.
The backups are saved to the backup+restore folder on the SD card. Contacts are stored as a single vcf file while SMS are stored as a xml file.

Restoring Backed up Contacts, SMS and MMS

You can restore the backups to the same Windows Phone device on which the backup was made or on any other Windows Phone device which supports an SD Card. Here’s how to do that.

  1. Install the contacts+message backup app if not already installed.
  2. Insert the SD card or Transfer the backup+restore folder to the SD card of the Windows Phone on which the contents are to be restored.
  3. Go to Settings> contacts+message backup and choose restore.restore contacts message backup wp
  4. Tick the items to restore and then select the restoration point that should be used for restoring the contents (if there are more than 1 backups stored to the SD card).
  5. Tap on restore to begin the restoration process.

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23 Responses to How to Backup Contacts & SMS to SD Card in Windows Phone

  1. Lesley May 31, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    Why can’t I install this app (Contacts+message Backup) onto a Samsung Windows Phone when it clearly states above “Any Windows Phone Device, including Lumia” ?? Major frustration!!

    • Narender Singh May 31, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

      That’s strange. What error does it show for the Samsung device? Not available? :/

  2. Abdul Samad August 26, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    Thank you sooo much
    ummmah love u soooo much ♥

  3. Monty October 3, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    System saves as an msg file and not xml…

    I need the backup file in either xml or vmg so I can import to android

    • Amit November 20, 2015 at 1:36 am #

      you can all do it by importing your contacts into gmail
      then again export those contact from there…
      bingo….
      all done…..

  4. Amit November 20, 2015 at 1:35 am #

    Awesome buddy….
    after being wasted my important 2 hrs….
    i came to this link….
    hats offfff

  5. ankita December 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    cant install this app. Not available on lumia store 🙁

  6. Catrina December 25, 2015 at 1:19 am #

    Thanks found it really helpful

  7. sagar uttam ghadge February 9, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Pls Save My Contact information To SD card

  8. Indrajeet Sagar February 22, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    How to restore backup in android phone..

    is it possible..

    please rply.

  9. Arijit March 9, 2016 at 2:02 am #

    Yes thanks it helped me to serve the purpose.

  10. MOHAN FALAK March 25, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    THANK YOU SO MUCH , ITS VERY GOOD APP

  11. aruna May 21, 2016 at 8:56 am #

    how to backup this contacts to android phone

    • Narender Singh May 21, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      Your contacts are auto synced to your Microsoft account. You can export the list from your Microsoft account and import it to the Google account.

  12. Saravana vignesh June 2, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    sms have been restored, but the contacts part is not following the process so. It jumps back to the previous page… what should be done now to restore my contacts?

    • AK July 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

      i am also having the same problem.. can anyone help me plz

  13. MS June 4, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

    Helaas werkt het niet bij mij. Ik had mijn backup van smsberichten en whatsapp en contacten opgeslagen op de SD kaart.
    Nu is dit niet terug te halen… iemand nog een oplossing ??

  14. vishnu June 17, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

    Thankzz , it was really helpful for me.
    Thank you guys very much.

  15. sundar August 10, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    My Mobile is 640 XL and windows 10 , I can not able to get this app in stores, Can any one suggest me Pl

  16. shravan September 25, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    Thank you so muchhhhh Microsoft.. I got all my contacts back, I really grateful to you. Your service is fantastic.
    when I got all my contacts back..that moment can’t expressible. Thanks a lot.

  17. 123456 October 16, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    it was very helpful

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