Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 5:49 AM (in response to Welsh_chick)
i now have a iphone 5 but there were some very important text messages on my iphone 4 I no longer have this phone so cant do a restore to retrieve these messages
That is probably one the most amusing statements I've read in these forums.
Having the old iPhone has nothing to do with being able to restore a backup.
Restore the iPhone 5 from a backup of the iPhone 4 that contains the messages in question. The backups are either in iCloud or iTunes on your computer. No iPhone4 is required. Just know that anything done since that backup will be lost.
A friend of mine has a spare iphone 4 that they want to restore to factory settings, If i connect this to my itunes account and restore, will it restore to my last back up or theirs?
It will restore to the backup for whatever iTunes ID is signed into the device, likely yours if you sign in with your Apple/iTunes ID and restore from your computer. But again, unless you actually have a backup that contains the messages you are looking for, this is a waste of time.
Honestly, if the messages were so important, why not copy them to an email and email them to yourself or save in a note?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 6:04 AM (in response to Welsh_chick)
I don't think there was any need for rudeness ! When I sign into iTunes I can't do a restore from earlier dates, if i could i wouldnt be asking for advise on here?? When signing into iCloud there isn't an option for messages, as I'm sure your aware. I didn't do a restore on a PC as it was being repaired, I done it via the application on the phone. Yes, they are important, all relevant to work issues. Why would I email them when I assumed they could be restored from the back up I'd done. I came on here for some advise, not to be ridiculed Thankyou
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 6:23 AM (in response to Welsh_chick)
If there are no backups, there is nothing to restore.
I would think an intelligent person would not need to post a question to a public forum to get that answer.
There is no such thing as an important text message, only fools that cannot be bothered to use reliable communication methods such as phone calls or emails.