Last week, Microsoft released the “contacts+message backup” app. This app is useful for those of us who either keep changing phones, losing them, or in our case having to hard reset them after playing around. Most of us store our contacts online on our Gmail or Outlook accounts, but may want a copy of all our sent messages(SMS,MMS) and contacts as a precaution or other reasons on our micro sd cards.
The interface is just like most of the settings options and is more of an add on to the settings.
On installing the app, it does not show up in the list of apps, instead it shows up in settings.
Contacts + Message Backup app is a Settings app that enables you to make backup of all your contacts (in VCF format) and messages (SMS & MMS including attachments) to SD card (in XML format) for later restore to same or another Windows Phone.
Backup is stored in 'backup+restore' folder on the SD card.
We think this app makes an important addition as it saves what is most essential to a mobile phone…. Its contact list.
Download link: contacts+message backup
Most of us have played on the famous Nintendo Gameboys. Most of us remember games like Super Mario and Pokemon on the Gameboy. You can now get all nostalgic and relive those moments by playing these games on your Windows Phone.
VDA8 is one such app. It allows you to import ROMs from your Onedrive account or even from your SD card. The interface is clean and easy to use. We enjoyed playing our old games using this app.
As for the question from where to get the ROMs…just search for them online and you’re bound to find them.
Store Link- VBA8
UPDATE(3 OCT 2015)
The above 2 apps may generate numbers which are not recognized by whatsapp. We tried TextNow. This worked and allowed us to register on whatsapp. TextNow has calling features on Windows Phone too.
Check app availability for your device at https://www.textnow.com/downloads
Get a proxy number to use whatsapp on!!!
This along with many other articles on going anonymous and going off the the grid using proxy identities will be explained in the upcoming posts in our new section “Off the Grid”.
Many a times we are asked by apps,signups etc to give a valid mobile number so as to receive the confirmation code(eg snapchat,Gmail etc).
The problem is that we may not want to part with our number or that the service is for only US residents and you need a US number.
There’s a workaround for this.
There are apps like TextMe and also TextPlus which can be used.
All you need to do is download the app, signup and you’ll be assigned a valid US number which is capable of sending and receiving SMSs. The android version also allows one to make calls using free credit that they give. The windows phone version of TextMe has one special feature. As calls are not possible in the windows phone version, it does however have a voicemail facility. We tried to register for a google account using this number and used the call me for verification method. The call didn’t come, however a voice message was left with the code.
These apps are a must have for those not eager to share their phone numbers or those wanting a proxy number. Yes, we even managed to register a whatsapp account on the number.
We’ll teach you how to register whatsapp on this number and how to use a disposable email id to sign up for these apps or rather anything in the coming posts in this new section “Off the Grid”.
TextMe- Windows Phone Android iPhone
textPlus- Windows Phone Android
This application is used to apply patches(POWERFULLS ONES!!) to android apps. You can Control each app as you want!!
-You can remove licence Verification in paid apps.
– Change app Permissions and rebuild the whole app for reinstall.
(eg. disable component of the app that allows it to access sd card or camera or control vibration of the phone et cetra)
– You can disable adds directly by disabling the component if the app that enables adds
-You can also apply custom patches manually if you have the sufficient knowledge.
It features a whole lot of features that can be explored!
For obvious reasons this app is a non market app!!
The download link is given further down.
Most cloud backup apps available on the market are actually Backup services for PCs extended to mobile phones!! There are very few apps on the market which are CLOUD BACKUPS just for mobile phones!
THIS WEEK’S RECOMMENDED APP!!
GCloud Backup is a prominent backup app!!
Link: Gcloud Backup on Play Store
- Scheduled backups
- Backup your SMS, contacts, Music and almost everything on your SD Card
- NO ROOT required!!
- In case of loss of device or any such problem, log into the app from he new device and you are good to go!
- A simple setup of entering your email id required
- Encryption support and secure data transfer
- Change preferences depending upon your battery etc.
- Very easy and simple to use
- Lot of preferences to backup your data as per your convienience!!
A lite app compared to others in its league, so not too heavy on the system!
Our Rating: 4.5/5
Play Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.keramidas.TitaniumBackup&feature=search_result
The ultimate Backup Solution to all rooted Android devices!!
- Multiple backups per app, multiple profiles
- Scheduled backups and Tasks
- Compessed backups to .TAR format
- Encryption of backup : Normal, Military,Insane
- Dalvik cache cleaner
- Integrate system dalvik cache and updates to system app into ROM
- Market auto update manager
- Backup and Restore Android ID manager
- Sync backup to Dropbox, Google Drive, Box accounts
- Create your own update.zip containing apps+data!
- Restore individual apps+data from non-root ADB backups!
- Restore individual apps+data from CWM backups!
- Restore individual apps+data from TWRP backups!
- Many more features….
Our Rating: 4.9/5