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Backing up and restoring text messages back to iPhone

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  • da-1-n-only Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I've also been trying to figure out this problem and haven't found the "cure" to this anywhere!

    I've tried finding the actual file and doing all that restoring thing (it was a bit complicated) but it didn't seem to work.

     

    The main reason I'm not just restoring from iTunes is because like conneen, "Genius told me that the corrupt data/settings are stored in the backup, so I can't restore from it."  Yes, that totally blows.

     

    Conneen, my major problem is that my iMessage doesn't work and also my notifications aren't working properly.  Is your also that way?

     

    If anybody can help, that would be so much appreciated!

    Thanks!!

  • stuart55 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    it doesn't let you restore back to iphone but it lets you recover deleted text messages from previous back ups and read them on your computer...

    decipher text message

    http://deciphertools.com/

  • Scott from Pennsylvania Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a similar problem that has been discussed above.  Accidentally deleted all SMS's while phone was on and in pocket.  I plugged in to iTunes, and it started auto syncing.  From what some have said above (I think Allan mentioned it), it appears that the phone auto-syncing backed up the phone without the deleted messages.  I saw a discussion that if it didn't auto sync, you could back up and immediately restore and bring the deleted SMS's "back to life."  I do have back-ups from the past month or two, and I'm wondering if I can restore the deleted SMS's by restoring from a back-up point prior to accidentally deleting - or are those back-up points obsolete now?  Some people on this or another discussion recommended a program to download that seemed to allow you to go back to those prior back-up points and see what SMS's are in them?

     

    Any help would be appreciated!

  • crabada Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm simply feeling like a fresh start, and don't really care about losing anything except for text messages. So, I just found these two options doing a google search of "restore text message" iphone :

     

    http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-restore-sms-text-messages-only-to-iphone-it unes-without-jailbreak/

     

    http://www.hackint0sh.org/f127/345668.htm

     

    Comments and threads indicate that these options have worked for others. I haven't tried it yet, but when I do, I'll report back. In the meantime, if anyone else tries it, please do the same.

     

    There are also a couple of programs that allow you to save text messages to your computer - view them just like they looked on the phone. And one of them does tons of other stuff too.

     

    http://ecamm.com/mac/phoneview/

    (Might get this regardless of whether I end up restoring my phone to factory and adding text messages back to iPhone.)

    http://deciphertools.com/tm-mac.html

     

    Again, if any of you try any of these options, I'd love to hear about them.

  • Pillz In Da Ville Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    just bought decipher tools. cheaper thatn the others at only 10 bucks. Works good for viewing and saving past sms.  However, it only reads up til ur last backup! If You need more "info" let me know

  • IC3M4N Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi all recently got an iPhone 4s and without thinking synced it with my laptop, but did not sync my previous 3Gs with my laptop first, now I have the problem that all my most recent messages, "ie" all those that I received after I last synced the 3Gs are now not on my 4s, does anyone know how I can retrieve my messages, as at present they only go up to november last year, there is a lot of messages I will miss   : (  especially those from my girlfriend who now has the 3Gs as I gave it to her  

  • cowboywolfie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    One simple way is to forward the text to another mobile of yours. One you own!! eg, a Pay as you go phone,

    you can always send it back to your iphone when you need it.

  • afu2cool Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 10, 2012 11:04 AM (in response to crabada)

    I finally got up with a solution.

    All you need is the sms.db(database file) file from your last backup.

    You can extract this file from your backup by using iBackupbot for itunes. Get this via:

    http://www.icopybot.com/itunes-backup-manager.htm

    Once you get this file you extract the messages in form of original database file(.db). The screenshots on the website will help you to know how to extract the files.

     

    Okay so now when you've got the sms.db file you simply need to SSH into your phone to /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS were you'll already see an sms.db file.

    Replace the old sms.db file that you've extracted from the backup by the one that already exist in.

    Don't forget to keep an extra copy of the new sms.db file if in case you go wrong somewhere.

    It worked for me and I hope it works for you too.

     

     

    Thanks cradaba, you were indirectly helpful.

  • crabada Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Why do you need the iBackupbot?

     

    Could you just make a copy of the sms.db file from /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS, restore the phone, then replace the file as you outlined?

     

    Thanks,

    Courtney

  • crabada Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, Ignore my previous post, please.

     

    I tried to do replace my text messages after restoring my phone using the instructions from the http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-restore-sms-text-messages-only-to-iphone-it unes-without-jailbreak/

    page, but it's not working. I am also not able to restore it to a backup that I've pulled from my TimeMachine backups - I get an error message saying it's not compatible or corrupt.

     

    So, now I've got a nice, shiny, clean restored iPhone and no text messages. Can anyone help? I haven't been able to figure out how to do this using afu2cool's suggestion. Granted, I know nothing about SSH, but from the reading I've done today, it seems like I have to jailbreak my phone in order to get to the /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS.

     

    Is there a way to access this folder so I can replace the sms.db file without jailbreaking my phone?

     

    Does anyone else have another workaround that could help me restore the texts?

     

    Thank you.

    Courtney

  • afu2cool Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah that's one and the same thing. I asked to use iBackupbot in case if you don't have the old sms.db file.

    I'll say don't go for it though, it initially worked for me, but later made my message to crash back to the homescreen when I was trying to click on send button.

    I'll still be looking if I could sort it out in some way. I surely got all my messages back into my phone.

  • crabada Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Reposting to see if anyone has any suggestions / solutions?

     

    Thanks!

    Courtney

     

    *****

    I tried to do replace my text messages after restoring my phone using the instructions from the http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-restore-sms-text-messages-only-to-iphone-it unes-without-jailbreak/

    page, but it's not working. I am also not able to restore it to a backup that I've pulled from my TimeMachine backups - I get an error message saying it's not compatible or corrupt.

     

    So, now I've got a nice, shiny, clean restored iPhone and no text messages. Can anyone help? I haven't been able to figure out how to do this using afu2cool's suggestion. Granted, I know nothing about SSH, but from the reading I've done today, it seems like I have to jailbreak my phone in order to get to the /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS.

     

    Is there a way to access this folder so I can replace the sms.db file without jailbreaking my phone?

     

    Does anyone else have another workaround that could help me restore the texts?

     

    Thank you.

    Courtney

  • svedish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    God, this is outrageous!

     

    The SMS history is  just a bunch of text elements that take up virtually no space. With all the battery issues that iOS 5 has brought us (and I am one of the affected people) lots of people have been forced to restore their phones to new to possibly see the problems go away. All of these people have lost their SMS messages, maybe going back to 2007 (first iPhone release date).

     

    Therefore, Apple...

     

    WHAT THE **** ARE YOU WAITNG TO MAKE SMS RESTORE A FEATURE ON IT'S OWN? IS IT THAT BLOODY HARD??? JEEEEEEZ!

  • luvraj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am not sure if you found solution to your problem but I happened to run through same last night and later realised that the steps in that website didn't work in ios 5. As far as your backup being corrupt I had same problem too but I had another backup in icloud that I used to retrieve everything. Maybe u have auto backup enabled for icloud check it out.

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