11-29-2015 11:13 PM
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  1. snakebitten's Avatar
    To all who asked :
    a) go on outlook.com
    b) go to the settings gear (next to your username, top right) and choose "manage categories" (I'm translating from French, don't know how it looks like in English
    c) Tick the 2 boxes in front of "Contacts" (so a tick in QuickView and in Filter)
    d) Now come back to the main view. Under Categories, you have Contacts. Click on it, you'll see there messages from your contacts, *including* SMS

    Worked perfectly for me. There they all are. THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of texts from as far back as 2013.

    I will do a physical backup of these texts after they catch up completely again because I too have some precious moments with a lost loved one. Great idea!

    Thanks to both of you fellas for the help.
    10-22-2015 05:51 PM
  2. Allen Rhodes's Avatar
    welp, went back to 8.1 > restore from backup, force sync all texts > update to 10572 > they are there now. All of the group ones require a download for each, but they are there. Running as smooth as my first 10572 install. Hope this method helps someone.
    Chintan Gohel likes this.
    10-22-2015 07:31 PM
  3. msirapian's Avatar
    Now I'm getting a 0x86000206 error from the dub407-m.hotmail.com server when trying to sync my MSA and no new SMS was restored over last 24h. The lack of communication from MS is appalling.
    10-22-2015 11:53 PM
  4. Chintan Gohel's Avatar
    This is what I did. Went back to 8.1, did the updates, very few app downloads, no restore but I enabled messages backup and downloaded all my messages in a few minutes from last year to this week. Synced well without hiccups.

    Then I did the upgrade to 10572, installed fast configuration update and after that started downloading my apps. No hard reset once I got to 10572. Messages are all there. Problem solved
    10-23-2015 12:16 AM
  5. crav4speed's Avatar
    This is what I did. Went back to 8.1, did the updates, very few app downloads, no restore but I enabled messages backup and downloaded all my messages in a few minutes from last year to this week. Synced well without hiccups.

    Then I did the upgrade to 10572, installed fast configuration update and after that started downloading my apps. No hard reset once I got to 10572. Messages are all there. Problem solved
    That's awesome... glad you got your messages back.

    The problem is that new text messages coming in after the upgrade to 10572 are not being backed up to the server. I have 8.1 installed on my Lumia 920 and the new texts that came in on my 1520 are not syncing with the backup server. The evidence of this is that my 920 does not show the new text messages from the date that 10572 was installed on my 1520.

    Lets hope that the new build coming out next week will allow for a direct upgrade or else if we have to roll back to 8.1 to upgrade again, those messages will be gone without a physical backup.
    10-23-2015 08:40 AM
  6. bseball8's Avatar
    Lost everything from mid February 2014 to yesterday post installment of newest build
    10-23-2015 12:04 PM
  7. kirbybaker#WN's Avatar
    I've done the downgrade/upgrade cycle three times now. First time I got texts synced up to around March 2014. Second time I only got texts through July 2013. Finally decided to just do a sms/mms backup to SD card and restored that in 10572.
    10-23-2015 12:44 PM
  8. Mecani Ser's Avatar
    That worked for me too but how to get those messages on my phone ?

    d)Go to Outlook.com, Select all messages and move it to the Outlook/Inbox/Text messages folder
    e) Go to you phone Outlook, open ||| hamburger menu select your Outlook account then select 'More...' or if you can see your Text messages folder click on it.
    f) If it is empty just hit Sync and you are done !!!
    g) You have your text messages on you phone.
    10-23-2015 11:02 PM
  9. Benjec83's Avatar
    I'm having the same thing, nothing past a few messages in 2013. Out of curiosity I reset an old phone I had, running 8.1. It's loaded all of my messages back again. So they still exist, just not syncing to this build
    I also noticed that when you first install 10565 for PC and open Messaging before the app updates through store, that all of your text messages load in it. But once it updates they disappear and it's just the Skype messages. Looks like it's a quick filter/fix to keep it only Skype for now, but will sync all your sms's later
    10-24-2015 06:16 AM
  10. seventeenapg's Avatar
    same here. only had 2013 texts so i did a reset and now i have none. i really hope they are still available. in uk with L830.
    10-24-2015 07:55 AM
  11. Mr. Brown's Avatar
    I've done the downgrade/upgrade cycle three times now. First time I got texts synced up to around March 2014. Second time I only got texts through July 2013. Finally decided to just do a sms/mms backup to SD card and restored that in 10572.
    How do you backup to sd card and restore?
    10-24-2015 09:20 AM
  12. Unauthorized's Avatar
    contacts+message backup:
    http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=GKcupXKX

    Btw: This is another example where I wish I had the possibility to create and restore a full system image like on the PC or WP7. You just can not rely on the cloud...
    Joe920 likes this.
    10-24-2015 09:23 AM
  13. Allen Rhodes's Avatar
    That app would be great if it didn't crash. Am only able to backup sms. Contacts and mms crash early into backup.
    10-25-2015 09:29 AM
  14. Maurizio Troso's Avatar
    contacts+message backup:
    http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=HCGb-YD0

    Btw: This is another example where I wish I had the possibility to create and restore a full system image like on the PC or WP7. You just can not rely on the cloud...
    that app definitively sucks. It stays for hours sayn "looking for data to save". ZERO STARS
    10-25-2015 01:28 PM
  15. hprvez's Avatar
    It works very well but if your os installation is ****ed up it is useless
    10-25-2015 01:32 PM
  16. Unauthorized's Avatar
    Works fine here, but indeed it is faster on the 1520 than on the 820. Maybe on a 520 with 50,000 messages it will take a while...
    10-25-2015 01:32 PM
  17. ResonantEcho's Avatar
    I can confirm I have the same issue after upgrading to 10572. No text messages after 2013.
    10-26-2015 12:26 PM
  18. snakebitten's Avatar
    Downloaded that app (Contacts+mesages) and created a backup from WP8.1
    Put a copy in the cloud

    Upgraded to 10572 and installed the app. Downloaded the backup folders\files from the cloud and put them on the SD card. Ran restore.
    Restore took a few minutes. (Backup was fast) But very nice.

    All texts and contacts are populated without waiting for over the air sync.
    Not sure if WP10 will KNOW that the sync is unnecessary, thus negating the effort of syncing, but it is worth to me just to pick up where I left off.
    (I did all this on a second phone as a test. My main phone -1520- still has not ever caught up on text syncing.
    10-26-2015 12:48 PM
  19. ausidog's Avatar
    Just to update and reiterate: My text messages are still syncing. 7 days ago, I wasn't showing any messages after October 2014. I'm now up to Feb 2015. I'm still syncing slowly, but surely. It looks like I'm getting them back at a rate of about a month of messages per day of syncing. I wonder what will happen if they don't all sync before the next build becomes available?
    10-27-2015 04:09 PM
  20. Rysse's Avatar
    Messages just got a update, and it seems to start sync again- i just got a bunch of message in
    10-28-2015 04:56 AM
  21. msirapian's Avatar
    I think it's placebo. Still stuck at June 2014 here. And contacts backup app won't work correctly on dual sim devices (all messages restored on SIM1).
    10-28-2015 05:17 AM
  22. seventeenapg's Avatar
    i have update too and absolutely no message whatsoever. Only recently sent ones. You are lucky. I just hope thye will sync with next build
    10-28-2015 07:00 AM
  23. msirapian's Avatar
    Finally got a response from MS. Mike Mongeau says they're investigating, no conclusion yet but probably partly service-side. So wait and see.
    10-29-2015 02:54 PM
  24. crav4speed's Avatar
    Has anyone upgraded to 10581? Does this issue still persist in the update build?
    10-29-2015 05:41 PM
  25. seventeenapg's Avatar
    Yes it does. After 581 I still have absolutely no text messages. I have so many too a ns like others her my Mam left our world last year and I have many message relating to that I want to keep.
    10-30-2015 12:52 AM
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