Windows Phone 8.1 will automatically back up 3rd party apps to OneDrive


It sounds like the backup story on Windows Phone is set for a massive improvement.

The latest from BUILD 2014 is that Windows Phone 8.1 will now automatically back up the isolated storage of 3rd party apps to OneDrive.

Isolated Storage will be backed up once per day. The data used will not count towards your OneDrive allotment.

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The start screen will also be backed up and can be restored across devices, much like on Windows 8.

If users are unhappy about having their app data in the cloud developers can opt out of the service either by specifying it in the app manifest, or storing data in the local cache folder. Enterprise and side loaded apps will not be backed up.

Via Justin Angel

  • kreaturen

    Heck, I don’t even know how to back up this 3rd party metro stuff on my desktop, can’t figure it out… OneDrive does not lift a finger to sync my data as far as I’m aware, at least it’s not showing… Though I’m fond of the usability of some metro apps (especially where the stylus is involved), they are all real shait (you know) when it comes to file management and backup and such. It’s not intuitive or transparent at all, and there next to none information to be found whether it is at all possible or not to port such accumulated user data for temporary safe keeping. I need a clean install of everything, but I also need access to my personal stuff afterwards. Why must it be this difficult? Honestly I feel like my mother… :/