Want to know How to back up photos and text messages in Windows 10 mobile?

In Windows 10 mobile when it comes to how to back up photos, Apps, Text messages, and settings, Windows phones took a middle path.

Instead of rolling out how to backup and restore guide, they introduced an inbuilt feature that takes care of the most important pieces of stuff to back up. This includes Text messages, back up photos, App installation and so on.

This process can be used for both switching from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 mobile or Windows 10 mobile to another Windows 10 mobile and so on.

How To Back Up Photos And Text Messages In Windows 10 Mobile

Because of the phenomenal technical approach to Windows 10 mobile, Microsoft made it quite easy to take backups and restore from the past backups.

Windows 10 mobile backup helps because it can help you recover deleted text messages, contacts, settings and other stuff on your Windows phone.

NOTE: You will need Name of your phone, Internet Connection & a Microsoft Account.

How To Back Up Photos And Text Messages In Windows 10 Mobile

The Basics:

Name Your Phone:

  • The backup of your phone is saved with a name that helps you recognize it when you want to restore it. This name by default is “windows phone” but you can, and should edit this as the first step.
  • Go to Settings > System > About > Edit Name and give the name of your choice.

Internet Connection:

  •  The second thing you should know that it’s an online process, you will need the internet to backup windows phone contacts, photos, & text messages.

Microsoft Account:

  • Your backup is linked to your Microsoft account. When you need to restore you will need to sign with the same account you make a backup with.
  • Make sure you either have a number or an email id configured with your Microsoft account.
  • Your Microsoft account acts as a Windows phone restore tool.

Also Read:Get help With File Explorer In Windows 10

How To Back Up And How It Works?

In Windows 10 mobile, the backup process has improved, there is more clarity on how to back up and end-users have more control and options over it.

Before we go into the process, let’s take a look at how it works and how you can manually update it.

  • Go to Settings > Update and Security > Backup > More Options > Backup Now.
  • This will start the backup, and it’s stored in Onedrive, there you can see the last backed up, etc.

How To Back Up Photos And Text Messages In Windows 10 Mobile

How To Back Up Photos:

  • Go to Photos App >> tap on the Menu bar and select Settings. You have two options there, one which says “Manage OneDrive Upload Settings” and second “Change Where photos and videos are saved.”
  • The first option launches the Onedrive App setting where you can enable the Camera Upload option if it’s turned OFF.
  • The second option, show you the list of Apps from the store which supports “Auto Upload Feature” but it isn’t working right now.
  • One thing you should know about how to back up photos is that it’s an independent process, and its function is to upload your photos continuously to OneDrive. Just emulate manual backup won’t upload your photos to Onedrive.

Back up photos in windows 10 mobile

How To Back Up Text Messages:

  • Go to Settings >> System >> Messaging and turn On >> Sync Messages Between Devices.

Back up messages in windows 10 mobile

All the Text messages or SMS are backed up automatically, One option that has changed in here is instead of toggle option for Text Backup, you now have the option to disable/enable sync messages between devices.

This means while the text messages backup is certainly on by default, the option to sync text messages between devices is up to you(that’s the choice you have to make)

Backup Windows Phone Contacts:

How do i save my contacts to onedrive? When you connect your Microsoft account to your phone you will see options in the backup menu of your phone. One of the options include ‘Contacts‘, Just checkmark it and you are done.

How To Back Up Apps:

Like the earlier version of Windows Phone, the Windows 10 mobile, Keeps a  list of installed apps connected to your phone which allows participating apps to back up data to the cloud i.e OneDrive.

It uses the same data to restore to get you back to the same state. The part of the app data that is taken as back up is entirely up to the developers. It could be just settings, game states and so on.

Let’s see how to backup Apps.

Apply the below steps to your Windows 10 mobile:

  • Under the backup option, make sure the option “Back up content from participating App” is On.
  • If you want how to back up or manage individual App, select More Option and choose which Apps to back up. You have to toggle for the apps which have enabled this option.

Back up Apps in windows 10 mobile

Also Read: How To Import Photos From iPhone To Windows 10?


You do not have to do all the settings every time you want to backup. The above are the one time settings.

I truly encourage you to set your backups whether it’s for Windows mobile or for any other devices that you have.It’ss better to be safe than sorry. Right? 🙂

It just takes a couple of minutes to set it up. So why not? Initiate backups now and make your data safe.

So, this is how to backup. I hope this guide on how to back up photos and text messages in Windows 10 mobile helped you to get your data secured.

I have listed all the possible ways on how to back up pictures and text messages in Windows 10 mobile.

If you have any doubt or confusions do let me know. I am here to help you all. So just drop a comment.

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Mustkeema is a multi-talented blogger. Her most loved writing topics are technology and health. Through this blog she is dedicated to help Windows OS users around the globe. When not blogging, Mustkeema is an avid reader and theater junkie.


  1. Rama Abdalla Ngoni Reply

    I got my photos backed up on one drive and also on and external Seagate drive. It’s better to have two backups than one. Be safe

  2. joyous mwanza Reply

    Thanks for covering my doubt in your article. You have made it! it’s good. Thanks again

  3. Can somebody please help me to move my text messages on Windows phone to an Android phone??

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