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  1. Sekyal's Avatar
    It isn't a "tab" it is in the column on the left. For me it is the 6th folder down right under "Deleted". I got it to work with mth17's instructions. It is co-mingled with email but neat never-the-less.
    06-26-2013 06:42 PM
  2. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    It isn't a "tab" it is in the column on the left. For me it is the 6th folder down right under "Deleted". I got it to work with mth17's instructions. It is co-mingled with email but neat never-the-less.
    The folder isn't there for me.
    06-27-2013 09:15 AM
  3. kurtd's Avatar
    It isn't a "tab" it is in the column on the left. For me it is the 6th folder down right under "Deleted". I got it to work with mth17's instructions. It is co-mingled with email but neat never-the-less.
    Very strange, those instructions made a few texts appear for me but not very many. Is it only supposed to show the messages currently on my device? I thought history meant past messages?
    06-27-2013 10:11 AM
  4. Pete's Avatar
    Yes, Outlook.com holds all of your messages. I think the url manipulation is prompting some kind of bug. When this thread first turned up, I could see my text messages fine. Today, I can', and it's been hit/miss for quite a few other people too.

    At least we know where they're being stored.
    06-27-2013 10:19 AM
  5. hoovermac's Avatar
    Hi all,

    I am new to this forum and its my first post
    Stumbled upon this post on Google because I was trying to find a way to look up old text messages with my significant other for memories sake but I could not do so on my Nokia Lumia 920. It would just show the call log when i went into the history log and stopped showing recent texts messages that were before this month... I think it might be due to the recent update that it does this...but i do not like it one bit. The method luk3ja works for me. Here is my proof:

    http://i42.tinypic.com/9thl45.png

    As you can see, all of my texts show as well as what said in each text message. Here is what I did and maybe these steps will will work for you so that you can see your texts messages too

    1. Go to Outlook

    2. On the left hand side, under Folders, there should be a folder labeled "Messaging history"

    3. Click the label "Messaging history" and look at your address bar... It should look something like this ->
    https://bay168.mail.live.com/default...41631139&fid=b
    This is my unique address bar for my Outlook account. What is important is the =b at the end.

    4. Click on the address but do not select/highlight it; press the "End" key on your keyboard.

    5. Press either backspace or delete so that it is now "https://bay168.mail.live.com/default.aspx?id=64855&owa=1&owasuffix=owa%2f#n=1541631139&fid=" (notice there is no more "b" in the end of the url)

    6. Press enter. All your text messages should pop up.

    Note: This did not work the first time for me actually. I got it to work after I clicked on the Photos label on the left hand side and logged out and logged back in so you might need to fiddle around with your account first by clicking random folders and logging in/out in order for this to start working. Cheers
    K - so I tried all the suggestions above and this is the only one that seems to work reliably for my phone. Only had the 920 for a week, messaging history from last week is all there. Hope it continues to work! Very handy indeed!
    07-21-2013 08:09 AM
  6. cw1988's Avatar
    Found a way to view EVERY text message you have ever sent and recieved! It even shows them as unread if I havent opened the text message on my phone WOW!

    In Outlook if you click 'messaging history' on the left hand side then look at the URL of that page...

    should be similar to this...
    Code:
    https://blu154.mail.live.com/?n=1234...12345678&fid=b

    If your remove the end bit after the &as=1 then press enter it suddenly shows all texts instead of your facebook and skype chats etc!
    Code:
    https://blu154.mail.live.com/?n=12345678&fid=&as=1
    (dont copy this URL because yours will be different)

    Guys, this is what i did. Login to outlook first, if your on a tablet make sure your on pc site.

    Click the first link above and boom!! Text messages appear :)
    07-21-2013 08:39 AM
  7. hoovermac's Avatar
    So now a curious question - if we happen to flash the phone or reset it, will we be able to retrieve all those backed up messages into the message store on the phone? I am curious as I have an unlocked phone and I am thinking about flashing it with another rom. If I do, any suggestions as to an appropriate rom? Is there a rom that seems to work best for unlocked phones? I searched the forms and the internet, and I haven't had a lot of success finding info?
    07-21-2013 08:44 AM
  8. cw1988's Avatar
    That would make sense ir else the text backup option is pointless tbh. Will need to have a look around outlook and see if there is a way to transfer back to the phone
    07-23-2013 07:08 PM
  9. AR2186's Avatar
    So now a curious question - if we happen to flash the phone or reset it, will we be able to retrieve all those backed up messages into the message store on the phone? I am curious as I have an unlocked phone and I am thinking about flashing it with another rom. If I do, any suggestions as to an appropriate rom? Is there a rom that seems to work best for unlocked phones? I searched the forms and the internet, and I haven't had a lot of success finding info?
    Yes it pulls all the messages down. No custom roms (yet) for Windows Phone as no one has figured out how to get around secure boot.
    07-23-2013 10:07 PM
  10. Pete's Avatar
    That would make sense ir else the text backup option is pointless tbh. Will need to have a look around outlook and see if there is a way to transfer back to the phone
    It happens automatically after a hard reset. I had to hard reset my phone a few weeks ago, and all my old text messages came back to my phone automatically. Was pretty fun watching them pop back up - my life passed by before my eyes...

    And yes, I doubt that there will be any custom roms for WP8, I don't think anyone managed it for WP7 either. It's pretty much the most secure phone OS out there.
    07-24-2013 04:19 AM
  11. link68759's Avatar
    There are plenty of WP7 ROMs
    07-24-2013 05:27 PM
  12. Stefan De Moor's Avatar
    It doesn't work for me, have tried various suggested solutions.
    When removing the B at the end of the url it gives me all messages (mails)
    When ending url with &fid=&as=1 it gives me the advance search

    Does it still work for you?
    Any tips that you could give me?
    Any news from MS with an update that would make up a folder with the sms in outlook.com?

    Thanks by advance.
    08-05-2013 08:33 AM
  13. John20212's Avatar
    This is a very interesting feature, it looks like Microsoft is testing the system based on the mixed success rate of above posters and the fact that they are not yet advertising it as a feature.

    btw do you need to have text message backup enabled on your phone for this to work? and/or your phone number set up with your MS account?
    08-05-2013 09:51 AM
  14. kiddj55's Avatar
    Found a way to view EVERY text message you have ever sent and recieved! It even shows them as unread if I havent opened the text message on my phone WOW!

    In Outlook if you click 'messaging history' on the left hand side then look at the URL of that page...

    should be similar to this...
    Code:
    https://blu154.mail.live.com/?n=1234...12345678&fid=b

    If your remove the end bit after the &as=1 then press enter it suddenly shows all texts instead of your facebook and skype chats etc!
    Code:
    https://blu154.mail.live.com/?n=12345678&fid=&as=1
    (dont copy this URL because yours will be different)
    So I'm not sure if everyone knows but Outlook sent out an email saying how they're getting rid of messaging history in outlook! So I was wondering how would we access this now!?
    08-06-2013 06:41 PM
  15. neo158's Avatar
    Strangely enough I got an email about this today
    08-06-2013 07:40 PM
  16. wpn00b's Avatar
    Interesting
    08-06-2013 07:57 PM
  17. gwinegarden's Avatar
    My issue is that, if you have more messages backed up than the phone can hold, at one time, you can only recover a portion of your messages. This would not be much of an issue if you could see them, in Outlook. But, as you cannot the remaining messages are orphaned.
    08-06-2013 10:12 PM
  18. Valiant Lumia 720's Avatar
    I have enabled backup text messages but I don't have a Messaging Histor in outlook.com . How am I supposed to see the messages online? Thanks!
    08-06-2013 10:18 PM
  19. Stefan De Moor's Avatar
    I also got an email from Outlook.com saying the History folder will be removed in autumn. But it will be replace by a folder named 'Messages' (french version, maybe 'Chat' in english) wich will contain Google Talk, Facebook and Skype chat. Don't you think they will also include SMS? I hope so!!
    08-07-2013 01:53 AM
  20. mth17's Avatar
    I also got an email from Outlook.com saying the History folder will be removed in autumn. But it will be replace by a folder named 'Messages' (french version, maybe 'Chat' in english) wich will contain Google Talk, Facebook and Skype chat. Don't you think they will also include SMS? I hope so!!
    Hi all,

    Haven't checked this thread in a very long time, sorry!

    I actually also got this email too, from the Outlook team, but I realized that you can actually use this to your advantage. If you follow my instructions, you should be able to see all your texts in the "Messaging History" (if not, let me know the problem).

    These are the instructions in the email I got..
    If you want to keep a record of your chats, you'll need to move them to another folder. To move your message history:

    In Outlook.com, right-click Folders, and then click Add a new folder.
    Enter a name for the folder and press the Enter key.
    Click Messaging history, and then click the check box at the very top of your message list.
    Click Select everything.
    Right-click any message and then click Move.
    Select the folder you want to move your messages to, and then click Move.
    Sooooo going forward from there, provided you can see your texts..you can actually select all of them and them move them to a new folder that you have created. Therefore, you don't have to keep deleting the "b" at the end of the url and you are free to see them whenever you want!

    Here's a screen shot to what I mean
    wp.png

    As you can see, I have created a new folder called "Text Message History" and I have moved all my messages from the hidden "Messaging History" folder into something that I can now see and not worry if they ever remove the hidden glitch.

    It might be obvious to some, but I thought it might be of some help to others
    08-16-2013 11:01 AM
  21. mth17's Avatar
    This is a very interesting feature, it looks like Microsoft is testing the system based on the mixed success rate of above posters and the fact that they are not yet advertising it as a feature.

    btw do you need to have text message backup enabled on your phone for this to work? and/or your phone number set up with your MS account?
    Yes, to the text message backup and yes to the link with the MS account
    08-16-2013 11:05 AM
  22. sunshiny1's Avatar
    None of the above worked for me but I just kept clicking around and trying different things and finally got them to appear.

    Try clicking on this link and then go to view by -->conversation

    https://blu154.mail.live.com/mail/In...alse&fav=false

    This showed all of my text messages
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    08-28-2013 01:07 AM
  23. Rcxotic's Avatar
    None of the above worked for me but I just kept clicking around and trying different things and finally got them to appear.

    Try clicking on this link and then go to view by -->conversation

    https://blu154.mail.live.com/mail/In...alse&fav=false

    This showed all of my text messages
    Sweet! This worked, basically,
    - login to outlook.com
    - click on messaging history
    - remove the "b" at the end of the URL
    - click on Arrange By
    - click on Conversation view

    worked for me :) Thanks!
    08-29-2013 07:05 PM
  24. mrZoSo's Avatar
    Hi all,

    Haven't checked this thread in a very long time, sorry!

    I actually also got this email too, from the Outlook team, but I realized that you can actually use this to your advantage. If you follow my instructions, you should be able to see all your texts in the "Messaging History" (if not, let me know the problem).

    These are the instructions in the email I got..


    Sooooo going forward from there, provided you can see your texts..you can actually select all of them and them move them to a new folder that you have created. Therefore, you don't have to keep deleting the "b" at the end of the url and you are free to see them whenever you want!

    Here's a screen shot to what I mean

    As you can see, I have created a new folder called "Text Message History" and I have moved all my messages from the hidden "Messaging History" folder into something that I can now see and not worry if they ever remove the hidden glitch.

    It might be obvious to some, but I thought it might be of some help to others
    But will future SMS/MMS backups also go in to this new folder automatically?
    Also, when I moved them to the newly created folder, it REMOVED them from my phone! Moving them back to Messaging History restored them back on the phone.
    Last edited by mrZoSo; 09-01-2013 at 08:47 AM.
    09-01-2013 08:34 AM
  25. cw1988's Avatar
    Isn't msft getting rid of this option?
    09-01-2013 05:17 PM
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