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Access SMS On Windows Phone 7 File System

Windows Phone 7 is known for its closed and restricted structure, making even the simplest of file access procedure rather difficult. Texting is the way to talk for most of the mobile users today but unfortunately there is a lack of sufficient number of apps relating to SMS on WP7. The primary reason for that can be the unavailability of a convenient way to access the file where the OS saves the text messages and their relevant information. That situation, however, has now been rectified. Using the simple procedure described ahead you can access your SMS on the file system of WP7.

According to XDA member endeffekt you can achieve this feat doing the following steps.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.

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  1. Connect your phone to your system using Windows Phone Device Manager.
  2. Go to the option representing your device, and open it.
  3. Scroll to the option “Application Data”
  4. Click under the “File explorer” logo, and in the resulting menu modify the given path to include “\Microsoft” in it.
  5. Choose “Outlook”, then “Stores” and finally “DeviceStore”.
  6. You will see a file named as “store.vol” in the list. Right-click on it and rename it to “store.vol.txt”. This automatically creates a backup of your current texts file so that the risk of losing any of your important SMS becomes minimal.
  7. Move the newly created “store.vol.txt” file to any desired destination outside the current directory.
  8. Go to the source link at the end of this post and run the script provided there.

These eight steps give you access to the file containing your SMS with their comprehensive history.

There is still lots of room for improvement as the method doesn’t do anything to let you manage your texts, its merely gives access to the SMS files. This means that there will be no easy way to read all your SMS in text format, and you will just get a lot of data from which you will have to painstakingly separate out everything that is of use. Having said that, these steps could prove to be real life-savers for developers and even ordinary users who are just looking to backup their data. There is no real SMS backup system available for WP7 until now, and this might be your only hope if you don’t want to part ways with your texts.

[via XDA official thread]

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