In this day and age of the constant danger of data loss and easily damaged devices, a backup for your Windows phone, or any phone for that matter, is essential. Thankfully, with the advent of Windows 10 for phones, this has been made much easier. But the feature is also available for the Windows 8 and 8.1 OS for previous phones, so we’ll go over the basic steps on how to both create a backup of all your data, and also how to restore a new device to a previously backed up state.
How to Create and Restore a Windows Phone Backup
Create a backup of your files?
This option is found by going to settings, backup. This function will cause the data you choose to be uploaded to the Microsoft Cloud, that way you’ll have access to it in the event of a damaged phone or having bought a new device.
You will have the option to individually choose what will get backed up from your phone. The three categories are apps + settings, text messages, and photos + videos. As a personal recommendation, it’s best to always back up everything possible. But, there are a few variables to consider, such as data usage and WiFi availability.
Remember that we are most likely talking about gigabytes of information, so be careful to use WiFi if possible. Set each category to “backup on”, and your device will automatically begin to store your information in the background. For multimedia files such as photos and videos, you have the option to choose quality, so if you are on a WiFi connection it would be best to just select “best quality”.
Use Manual Backup as an alternative
Creating a manual backup is also an easy way to create one specific restore point for your device. This is found under settings ? apps + settings ? back up now.
This is a handy tool if you are thinking of changing over to a different device and you have both devices on hand, or if you’re certain that one specific backup point will be sufficient in the future. This will avoid bogging down your Internet connection if your device is backing up in the background.
Restore your phone from a previous backup
When you have a fresh device, either freshly wiped or brand new out of the box, you ill have the option to restore from a previous backup point. First, set up your WiFi connection and time zone preferences. After that, you will be prompted to log in to your Microsoft account, whereupon your device will start “looking for backups”. It will show you a list of previous backups, and you can choose the date you wish to restore your device to.
Tap the restore point you wish to use, and your device will automatically start to install your backed up information, including all apps and multimedia files. This will all be done in the background. In case you need any specific app right away, you’ll still have access to the Windows Store in order to manually install.
After what will most likely feel like an eternity, your device will be restored to a precious backup point. This of course is a much better option than having to manually re-install everything on a new device. This guide will help you to create a restore from a backup on a Windows phone, no matter what happens.
Hope that answered… How to Create and Restore a Windows Phone Backup