Back up your Windows 10 Mobile device

Applies to: Windows 10 Mobile

Help keep your memories safe by storing your Windows 10 mobile device photos, texts, apps, and settings in the cloud. That way, you’ll have the stuff you need on a new phone—even if your old one is sleeping with the fishes.

If you’d like to back up your PC, see Backup and Restore in Windows 10.

  • To back up settings (including your Start screen layout and accounts) and app data (like high scores or conversation history), swipe over to the All apps list from Start , select Settings > Update & security > Backup, and then turn on both options. We’ll automatically back up this info once a day when you’re connected to Wi‑Fi and a power source.

  • To back up your text messages, sync them among your Windows 10 mobile devices. Go to Settings > System > Messaging, and turn on Sync messages between devices.

  • For photos and videos, go to OneDrive > Menu > Settings > Camera Upload, and then turn on auto-upload. From now on, pictures you take or save on your phone will upload automatically to OneDrive—the free online storage that comes with your Microsoft account.

For more info about your phone and PC working together, see Switch seamlessly between your phone and PC and Linking your phone with PC help