In an earlier article, I discussed how you can backup your contacts, calendars, and tasks from a windows phone by syncing the data to an Outlook.com account. This article continues that discussion by describing additional backup options on Windows Phone 8.x that you can use to automatically backup a phone’s apps, settings, text messages, photos and videos to OneDrive.
You can access these options on a Windows Phone by going to Settings > Backup.
You can use your Outlook.com account as a data repository for contacts, calendars and tasks and easily sync this data to all your connected devices, including phones, desktop computers, laptops, tablets.
Sync Data Between Windows Phone and Outlook.com
When you create a Microsoft account on a Windows Phone, any contacts, appointments, or tasks that are stored in the related Outlook.com account (which is a part of the Microsoft account) will be synced to the phone and any edits to existing data or new contacts, appointments or tasks that you create on the phone will be synced to the Microsoft account.
Windows Phone does not sync Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks directly with a computer, laptop or tablet, but if you use a desktop version of Outlook, Windows Live Essentials, or the Mail, Calendar and People app, you can set the desktop software up to sync this data to the computer.
Data can also be synced between a computer and outlook.com
When you create a new account on Windows Phone by going to settings > email + accounts, you can choose how often you want to sync the data between the account and the phone by tapping the area under “Download new content” and selecting from the available options you find there.
When you create a new account on windows phone by going to settings > email + accounts, you can also choose to sync the calendar that is included with the account, along with any related email, contacts, and tasks.
If you don’t want to sync the calendar at all (so appointments are NOT stored on the phone at all), you would remove the checkmark in the box next to “Calendar” under the “Content to sync” heading.
Calendars (and their related appointments and events) that are synced to a phone are stored on the phone, but they can be hidden from view in the Calendar hub via the phone’s calendar filter settings.
This article describes how you can toggle the calendar filters on and off.
When you create a new account on windows phone by going to settings > email + accounts, you can also choose to sync the contacts that are included with the account, along with any related email, calendar, and tasks.
If you don’t want to sync the contacts at all (so contacts are NOT stored on the phone at all), you would edit the account in the email + account settings to remove the checkmark in the box next to “Contacts” under the “Contact to sync” heading.
Contacts that are synced to a phone can be hidden from view in the People hub via the phone’s People hub filter settings.
This article describes how you can toggle the contact filter on and off.
The default Yahoo account settings under settings > email+accounts on Windows Phone does not support Contacts or Calendar syncing, so those items are not synced to a phone when the account is created… the only thing that syncs is email.
But if you also use Yahoo Contacts and Calendar, there is a workaround….which I have tested on my own (hardly ever used) yahoo account.
Syncing Yahoo Email to the Phone
To sync your Yahoo email, you’ll set up an “email only” account.
On the phone select Settings > email+accounts.
Tap “add an account” > select the “Yahoo! Mail” option.
Input your Yahoo email address and password in the spaces provided. This account will sync your email to the phone.
Syncing Yahoo Contacts & Calendar to the Phone
The yahoo mail only account you created above will NOT sync any contacts or appointments that are stored in your Yahoo account to the phone. You’ll need to create another account the sync this data.
When you turn on a brand new Windows Phone for the first time, you will be prompted to create a Microsoft Account on it. [See the article entitled, “What is a Microsoft Account?” to learn about the fundamental ways that the Microsoft Account is used on a windows phone.]
If you already have a Microsoft-related account that you use, you don’t need to create a new account. You can use the username (which is an email address) and password of your preferred Microsoft-related account when you create the Microsoft Account on the phone.
When you create the Microsoft Account on the phone, you may notice that the only data that can be selected to sync under the “Content to sync” heading is Email, but if you set up a secondary hotmail.com, live.com, or outlook.com account on the phone, you will find options to sync Email, Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks under the “Content to sync” heading.