Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 5:30 AM (in response to SMASTER123)
Contacts are designed to be synced to a supported application on the computer or a cloud service. Use it as designed.
Text messages are included in the backup done either via iTunes or to iCloud.
As already stated, if the text messages are that important to you, do not rely on keeping them on the device, copy them to a note or email them to yourself.
A restore from backup should clear up the excessive other on the device and put everything back the way it was. If that does not clear up other, it will be necessary to restore as new. If that becomes necessary, you will not get your text messages back. There is no way to selectively restore an iDevice backup.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 10:08 AM (in response to diesel vdub)
Thanks a lot for both your replies- I will definitely try your suggestion, diesel vdub. So do I need to manually backup my texts and contacts before I restore from backup? Or are they already automatically backed up?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 10:32 AM (in response to SMASTER123)
SMS/MMS/iMessage is included in the backup.
Sync your contacts to a supported Application on the computer or a cloud service. There is no guarantee with iOS backups that contacts will be restored entirely.