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I have a Nokia Lumia 710 which is running Windows Phone 7.8. I would like to get all the text messages I have on my phone as a text file on my computer.

There seems to be solution for phones running Windows Phone 8 here, How can I export or extract my text messages to a file?

But, most of what I found on the Internet is deeply disheartening. Many claim that this is impossible. Some of the sources I went through are,


Please note that I am running Windows 7.8 and NOT 7.

One way I could think up is to make a video of the phone's screen scrolling through all the messages and use text detection on the video. Is there any other less time consuming way ?

I am open to doing lots of work for this. I tried to access the storage through a Linux(Ubuntu) machine as well, without much success. I am open to using 3rd party tools as well. If nothing else works, I am also open to methods which can cause damage to my phone.

Thanks !


This is not a duplicate of How can I export or extract my text messages to a file? , because this question is specifically for Windows Phone 7.8. Which is considerably different from Windows Phone 8.

marked as duplicate by caschw, Neil Turner, Thomas, Vitor Canova Mar 13 '15 at 11:49

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    This is not a duplicate because this question is meant only for windows phone 7.8 and NOT 8, which is very different. – Mohammad Ghazanfar Mar 13 '15 at 14:22

According to a few sources on Microsoft Answers, there is currently no app on the marketplace to do this nor 'built in' support for this on Windows Phone 7.8.

Sources: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/winphone/forum/wp7-wppeople/windows-7-phone-how-to-save-text-messages/05eff4fa-1645-e011-90b6-1cc1de79d2e2


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