I frequently use SMS messages to control some SMS interface control/alarm/measurement instrument. With the old Nokia PC Suite it was possible to download SMS messages to a PC and even use the PC to send SMS's through a connected phone. I found this very useful. With new Nokia phone models (N9 and onwards) this functionality has disappeared bit-by-bit. First the possibility to send SMS's disappeared, then new Lumia phones were not supported by PC Suite.

Is it possible to get SMS's to a PC using Zune? Preferably control SMS's similar to how PC Suite did.


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There is no way to download, backup, modify or work with SMS / texts in any way using the Zune software. Zune can only be used to move music, pictures, podcasts and videos to Windows Phone 7.X devices.

There's also no other software that would allow such kind of access as Microsoft has not yet opened up any APIs for developers to use.

  • How do you know he doesn't have a WP7 device?
    – Indrek
    Feb 2, 2015 at 14:44
  • I don't. I just wanted to emphasize that Zune is only relevant for WP7 devices as he specifically asked about it - however there are a lot of people that don't realize Zune doesnt work with Windows Phone 8+.
    – Thomas
    Feb 2, 2015 at 15:53

While this doesn't allow sending them, there is one way to access backed-up SMS on WP8.x. The process is described in this answer, but in essence it involves using Outlook.com, enabling some categories that aren't usually visible, and there you will see your backed-up SMS and MMS.

On rooted WP7 phones, there's a SMS backup app available on XDA-Developers. For WP8, it's possible to use the "Transfer My Data" app to back up SMS to your PC.

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