7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 5, 2015 10:45 PM by Murrieelllle Branched to a new discussion.
j7nce Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



Why does the iTunes backup function not include the backing up of the SMS messages on my iPhone or a facility to restore these in the event of having a new iPhone etc?


The only means of doing this seems to be through a 3rd party app which is not ideal, and i would much rather prefer to do this within iTunes.


If i wanted to upgrade my iPhone 4 to the new iPhone 5, i would essentially lose nearly 2 years worth of texts, which i would prefer to avoid.


Surely there must be some way to 'copy' these over from one iPhone to another.


I have a program called iPhone SMS which i have used to export all my SMS to my PC, but there is no ability to then restore these.


Anyone know of a way to do this or why Apple dont provide this within iTunes?



iPhone 4, Windows 7
  • lawrywaiter Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, very possible. just ssh into the phone and copy the sms db. files. and then when ready to restore them back, u ssh them back in. I do it all the time.


    There are many ways, but this is the easiest for you.


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  • Ahmedlin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you have back up your text messages, you can restore from the backup.
    To restore information from a backup, use one of the following methods after connecting your iOS device to the computer with which you normally sync:
    1. Right-click (or Control-click) the device and choose Restore from Backup
    2. If you have a new phone, you can connect to iTunes and it will prompt to restore from your backup Solution from Apple.com: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1766


    If you have no backup for your data on iPhone, iPhone data recovery software is your last shot! I used Tenorshare iTunes Data Recovery and it worked well. It's easy to use. Just a few clicks you can get all your data back. Here is a step by step guide for you: http://goo.gl/FpOvb

  • ios decipher Level 4 Level 4 (2,945 points)

    An iTunes back up does save the SMS messages as long as they were on the phone when the back up was made. You can even check the article http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4946 which clearlhy states SMS are saved in a back up. I personally aswel always have my SMS saved in my back ups I've restored from.

  • crysta cook Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello, friend. You can choose to restore SMS form your iTunes Backup if you once backed up your iPhone data with your iTunes library. If yes, you can use a third party software to restore SMS from iTunes backup onto your new iPhone smoothly even without your old iPhone.


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  • ellenjune Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You could try this utility to backup your iPhone text messages to your computer. Once you have your iPhone text messages backed up, you would be able to restore iPhone SMS from backup.


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  • Mordoch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    if you had an iTunes backup taken, try this: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1766


    it's always reccomended to take backups. itunes takes automatic backups if you ever plug it into your Mac/PC. have a look. you may have a backup, without you knowing.


    it may work, i havent tried this method.



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  • Murrieelllle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Only as part of the overall iPhone backup.  They can't be accessess separately; they would only be available if you restore you phone to the backup, including all the other data and settings contained in the backup.  If you want to save your message conversations separately, you'll either have to take screenshots and email them to yourself, or use 3rd party software such as Touch Copy (pc or mac) or PhoneView mac).