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Backing up and restoring text messages back to iPhone

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golfnut1982 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Nov 7, 2010 6:53 PM
All,
Does anybody know of a reliable way to this? Any good programs come to mind that does this?

Thanks
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  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (10,785 points)
    Maybe I don't understand your question, but that's what synching through iTunes does. You connect your phone through iTunes, you synch your contacts, music, text message, photos, apps, etc., and you can restore from backup at anytime.

    Did I not understand what you're trying to do? You do have iTunes loaded on your home computer?
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  • vinzSG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I think he is asking about saving or backing up SMS messages into itunes or whatever software that can do that, i too would like to know how to also save a backup of your SMS messages into your pc or is it possible or not....

    TIA
    iOS 4
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
    SMS/MMS are not synced with an application on your computer or included with the iTunes sync process in any way except for being included with your iPhone's backup which is updated by iTunes as the first step during the iTunes sync process. The data included with the iPhone's backup is not stored in your iTunes library. This link provides the data on your iPhone that is included with your iPhone's backup.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766

    There are a number of 3rd party utilities that provide for extracting select data from your iPhone's backup on your computer for access to the data on your computer for archiving or printing, etc. Here is one of them.

    http://mobilesyncbrowser.com/
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  • JIDembicki Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I too need to find out how to backup my SMS/MMS data in way that allows me to restore it to the phone. The problem is that I have corrupted software on my phone. I need to wipe the phone and sync with iTunes as a new phone, without restoring from a previous backup. If I restored the phone from a previous backup, the phone would inherit the corrupted software of the previous backup as well. I have to do a fresh install and sync. MobileMe will take care of restoring my contacts, notes, bookmarks, calendars and mail. MobileMe does not back up SMS/MMS data. What I am looking for is a way to back up the current SMS/MMS data to the computer and then sync it to my freshly wiped iPhone that is synced with iTunes as a new phone. Third party software is fine, as are lengthy, intricate, complicated processes. The goal is simply to get the SMS/MMS data off of my phone and then back onto my phone after it is wiped.
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  • conneen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem... my iPhone 4 is having some issues. The Genius at the Apple Store said that I need to do a complete iOS Restore (Without restoring a backup). The Genius told me that the corrupt data/settings are stored in the backup, so I can't restore from it. This is fine for Music, Pictures, etc, because I can re-sync them.

    But I will lose all of my SMS/MMS messages. And that's unacceptable. I have 3+ years worth of SMS messages on my phone, all the way back the the original iPhone.
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  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 11:21 AM (in response to conneen)
    You won't lose the messages, but you won't have access the messages on your iPhone.

    Copied from my previous post.

    There are a number of 3rd party utilities that provide for extracting select data from your iPhone's backup on your computer for access to the data on your computer for archiving or printing, etc. Here is one of them.

    http://mobilesyncbrowser.com/
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  • conneen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the response....

    Yes I've found a number of applications like mobilesyncbrowser.com that will allow me to back these up to my computer for later viewing. But this is my wife's phone, and she is very determined to keep her Text Message history, on the phone.

    So if anyone ever finds or creates a third party utility that can backup and restore SMS/MMS from/to iPhone, I would love to hear about it.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 11:46 AM (in response to conneen)
    If you mean restoring this data only from the iPhone's backup when restoring the iPhone with iTunes? If so, this won't happen with a 3rd party app or utility. Something like this must come from Apple and Apple only and right now a restore from the iPhone's backup is all or none.
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  • An Moonen Level 3 Level 3 (500 points)
    Allan, it looks like MobileSyncBrowser is now capable of restoring specific data back to the phone from backups. I'm in the same boat, Genius says my data is bad and I need to set up the phone as a new phone. I don't want to lose game data/achievements etc. and would prefer to restore text messages to the phone too if possible, not just save them on the mac for later viewing. Do you have any hands-on experience with this?
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  • HappySwitcher Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I've been poking aroung the MobileSyncBrowser site bc I'm in the same situation.

    Can you point me to where it says I can get my text messages back on my iphone 3G after a complete restore as a new phone?

     

    Thanks.

  • gordon_fla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    http://www.deciphertools.com

     

    Give these guys a shot. A couple of months ago I bought their decipher text message program to save my sms to my desktop. Works great. You can also recover deleted messages with it although I've never really had to use the recover feature.  -Gordon

  • rieuk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mobilesyncbrowser seems to be able to do all that you want. But I'm thinking if you know what you're doing you can just copy out the files you need from the backup and create a new backup with only the stuff you want to restore. I'm trying to figure out how to do this myself...

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