iPhone Backing up text messages

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by Shmuco, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Shmuco macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2010
    So I need to wipe my phone as I have a problem with webkit, however, I need to keep my texts.

    Does anyone know any software that can transfer the texts from my iTunes backup on to my phone after it's been restored. I can't restore from an iCloud or iTunes backup as it'll bring the problem back.
  2. jozeppy26, Dec 16, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2014

    jozeppy26 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    St. Louis
    I believe there are a few apps in the app store that do this with a companion desktop app, well sort of. From what I've gathered, you can save your messages on your computer as an excel sheet or text document/PDF, but cannot get them back to your newly restored iPhone. If your iPhone was jailbroken, then you would be able to do this easily with iFunBox, but that's the only way I believe (because only jailbroken devices allow access to the /private directory where the SMS database file is located, and allow you to save and replace that file). Here's an article on TUAW that discusses your options for a jailed device (albeit a little over 1 year old)


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