From this question we know what can and can't currently be backed up. Are there any 3rd party tools or homebrew apps that will let me back up everything and restore it to a different device? I recently upgraded to a Lumia 900, and having such tool would have saved me a few hours.

It is OK if the device has to be developer-unlocked or rooted.

I did look at How can I backup my SMS, but that only covers SMS, and appears to be looking for any official way. I'm looking for possible 3rd part alternatives.

  • You can also look here: windowsphone.stackexchange.com/questions/112/…
    – jumbo
    Apr 25, 2012 at 16:08
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    @jumbo I linked to that question in mine, and am specifically looking for something that CAN back them up. That question/answer is a great reference for what can be done officially, but as I stated several time, I'm looking for something non-official.
    – user131
    Apr 25, 2012 at 16:17
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    I read this question on mobile and I overlooked several things in your post. I am sorry for that. Answer you got from Thomas is great, so thank you for your question! Vote up!
    – jumbo
    Apr 25, 2012 at 17:29

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No, the OS has no built in feature that will allow you to backup everything and restore. Looks like its coming though. Excerpt:

A recent posting on Microsoft's jobs site reveals that phone backup and easy restore will be available in the next version of Windows Phone.

Yes, there is a homebrew app called WP7 Backup. Excerpt:

A member over at the XDA Developer forum, by the username hx4700Killer, has come up with a backup tool for your Windows Phone 7 device. It's a simple .Net program that allows users to backup their device via Zune and can be used for restoration when you use the "update" option.

  • Sweet, I never knew that tool existed. Thanks Thomas!
    – user131
    Apr 25, 2012 at 16:18
  • You're welcome!
    – Thomas
    Apr 25, 2012 at 16:35

If you have a Mac then you can backup via Windows Phone Connector for Mac. Not sure why Microsoft gave Mac users a manual backup option but not Zune users. enter image description here

Source: http://www.addictivetips.com/mac-os/windows-phone-7-connector-browse-and-backup-files-sync-itunes-mac/

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