Any way to recover deleted SMS from an iphone 4?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by rugia007, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. rugia007 macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2011
    Hey guys
    I have a jailbroken iphone and i accidentally deleted a conversation (all texts) from a particular contact last night.
    The last time I backed up was last week, so I will still have a lot of texts if i restore from backup.

    However there were some pretty important texts since then and I would like to retrieve them back.
    I have SSHed into the phone and extracted the sms.db to my computer. I did a search for the contact's number in question and i cannot find it. Does this mean it's deleted forever?

    I also can't find a backup of sms.db on my iphone.

    IF for some reason the texts ARE gone forever, then I will have to suck it up and live with the backup texts i have from last week.
    However I am confused on the process of restoring that so I would like someone to help me step by step with it.
  2. rugia007 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2011
    Thanks decipher for the idea.
    I was looking through the SQLLite Database Browser and I don't see anything. I SSHed into my phone and grabbed the sms.db as fast as I could.

    Here's the thing: you were right about the Text editor being able to catch the number. However the messages are...well...garbled. how do I fix this?

    Thanks so much!

    P.S. i know a lil SQL. but if i merge my old backup sms.db with the new one would i still lose the "newer" messages?

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