Backups for Windows 10 Mobile won’t work after March 2020

Kareem Anderson

As often as it has been written in the past, the last days of Windows 10 Mobile are truly upon users. In almost stark defiance, Windows 10 users have bucked the relative smartphone fad of iOS and Android usage, and stuck to their beloved Microsoft powered mobile operating system despite overwhelming market trends.

Sadly, Microsoft will be removing the vestige of the operating system from its responsibility portfolio on December 10, 2019, and that users creating backups via the Settings and Applications option will no longer be able to, starting March 10, 2020.

Microsoft recently published an end of support FAQ for Windows 10 Mobile users that clarifies phones on OS version 1709 will only be supported until the end of the 2019 calendar year and that devices on 1703 version of the OS will have their support snipped much sooner, and as of June 11, 2019.
In effect, Microsoft is slowly ramping up the end of its security responsibility for the platform while offering an additional wind downtime of its digital support that will last at least another year aftward.

Windows 10 Mobile backups, photo uploads, restores, and historical updates stored on servers will still be available for users for some time after the June, and December 2019 deadlines, meaning app downloads and device resets will still be as up to date as OS 1703 and 1709 for the next year and some change.