Backup text messages

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 6thDAY, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. 6thDAY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    I'm one of those people that never restore from backup whenever i restore/update the iOS because of potential issues in the future.

    I was wondering if there was any way to backup your text messages on a NONJAILBROKEN device that will allow me to do a "drag-and-drop" back into the appropriate directory?

    Or even a program that will do it?

  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    That fear is overblown. I have backups going all the way to the original iPhone and am now on iOS7. No problems at all. If you do have problems with a corrupted backup (which can happen even within the same iOS), just restore as new. Simple as that.

    As for backing up texts, I've seen programs to do that but don't know anything about them. Hopefully someone will chime in.
  3. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    I've used iBackupBot to extract texts, and considering how it works my guess is that there would be no problems simply putting them back in. But I haven't tried it though.

    I know I've seen iTunes alternatives that do allow for partial backups/restores...
  4. Missjenna macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2010
  5. CharlieOtto, Mar 11, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2014

    CharlieOtto macrumors newbie


    Mar 11, 2014
    They should be saved on iTunes if you've once synced them.
    Follow the steps below:

    Assuming you've not deleted any texts and that you use iTunes to store your iPhone backups, they are already saved on your computer. They exist inside Home (your user folder)>Library>Application Support>Mobile Sync, if you use a Mac.

    Accessing the Library: To prevent users damaging their systems by deleting important data, Apple keeps your user library hidden by default. You can access this library by using Finder>Go>Home, then selecting Command-J and choosing Show View Options. Then check the Show Library Folder box.

    Once in the Library you can open the MobileSync folder. You'll see a dizzying array of weird file names. You are looking for a file(s) with this name: 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28

    Alternatively, you may follow the guide below:
    How to Backup iPhone SMS Without iTunes
  6. CharlieOtto macrumors newbie


    Mar 11, 2014
    Forgot to tell you that you need to keep iTunes on the latest version.
  7. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Did you just quote your own message from over 2 years ago? And btw the 'file' name that you mentioned in the post two years ago is your personal device's UDID number. Its a Unique ID number per device.

    Considering I am already posting on a 2.5 year old thread, iBackupBot no longer works on iOS 10. So this method no longer works.
  8. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005

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