- 01-22-2013, 05:03 AM #1
I saw a few threads early January where everyone said there was no way to see what's been backed up or see those messages if you delete them. I just found out that even if the messages are deleted from the phone and you want to view them, you can do it in outlook.com without having to restore the phone.
It's under the list of folders in the folder called "Messaging history" but you can't see that folder if you view your Microsoft account emails on your phone. It's only when you log in on the web on a PC.
Folks might already know this, but it's out there if anyone had missed it like me!
- 01-22-2013, 06:10 AM #5
It doesn't sound daft at all. But yes, I do have SMS backup turned on. I had to factory reset my first Lumia once and when it restored all of my SMS's were restored to my phone. When my replacement 920 arrived, as soon as I entered my @Live account all my SMS's were restored to my new phone so I know it definitely has backed up my SMS's.
Also, on my Outlook page where the chat messages are displayed it states there are 539 messages on the bottom but I only have a handful of chat messages displayed. So unless I'm missing something really obvious I'm not able to see my SMS's online.
- 01-22-2013, 05:59 PM #12
Ok weird. I logged back in on my outlook.com.
This morning I was able to browse through all 77 pages of messaging history. Now even though it says 77 pages, I can only see 2 pages and they are fb chat. I tried to apply and re apply filters, but they don't do a thing! :(
- 01-22-2013, 07:38 PM #13
If you interop unlock, you can install a homebrew SMS backup app which allows you to backup/export both SMS & Chat to your computer in several formats. It's also possible to restore.
- 01-23-2013, 10:53 AM #15
Maybe it was a glitch that you saw them that one time? I think they are all there because it shows a large number count at the bottom.
They would need a better way to list the SMS messages then just in one big list due to the fact you could have multiple phones using one Live ID so they need like a sub folder under each one with the device..
- 01-23-2013, 11:55 AM #17
Pretty sure this has nothing to do with SMS backup. Instead, since you have linked your Microsoft account with Facebook and/or Skype, it has the ability to read those messages and reproduce them on Outlook.com. Seems as if it has absolutely nothing to do with your Windows Phone. In fact, perhaps we should get somebody with an Outlook account linked to Facebook/Skype who doesn't own a Windows Phone to check on this.
- 01-23-2013, 03:11 PM #18
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I can confirm that you can indeed see your SMS history online... but it's either hidden on purpose, or else (and more likely), it's just build in a very $#!tty way.
Anyway, i was able to see it by changing my URL to this after navigating to the Messaging folder in Outlook.
Phone number redacted to protect the innocent, although you can atleast guess my city and country from the area code!
Can any one else confirms if this works for them?
- 01-23-2013, 03:39 PM #21
- 01-23-2013, 04:00 PM #22
My outlook address is https://dub002.mail.live.com/default.aspx If I add the fid parameter I get the error "Sorry, there seems to be a problem with Outlook right now"
01-23-2013, 04:18 PM #24
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Another thing i noticed was that you could click on a message you sent out, and it would show the full details, but if you click on one that you received, it says something along the lines of "outlook cannot connect right now... "
I'll keep experimenting with it and see what I can come up with. Things to try if anyone else wants to join in:
- Different browsers: Firefox/IE/Chrome
- Cookies: on/off
- Advanced: Read the html source to look for hidden fields that can be manipulated etc...
I assure you, no hoax, genuinely saw it, and want to be able to get to it...
UPDATE: Got it again!
??? again not sure why it works???
After paging a bit, here is the full url (not sure what all the stuff is, please don't try to hack my acct!):
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