iPhone Can I restore just sms?

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  1. lyceumHQ macrumors 6502a

    lyceumHQ

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    Is it possible to restore just SMS messages in iOS 11?

    Got the 8 last week.

    This morning the screen became completely unresponsive. The lock button worked and I could lock and unlock the phone but that was it.

    I thought it was about time I did a restore and set up as new. Since basically always restored from backup whenever I’ve upgraded my phone.

    But I have a text message I can’t lose. Everything else important is backed up but I can’t lose that SMS.

    So, is it possible to now just restore SMS messages?

    Thanks
     
  2. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. drysdalk macrumors member

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    Hi,

    There are third-party utilities that claim to be able to do selective restores of part of a backup, but I've got no experience with them myself. Certainly out-of-the-box non-jailbroken iOS does not permit you to selectively restore parts of an iTunes or iCloud backup - it's all or nothing.

    If you absolutely need to do a clean re-install, the best thing I can suggest here is either take screenshots of the SMS message thread and save them to either your iCloud Photo Library or a Shared Photo Stream to preserve them; or forward it on to yourself at another number then forward it back to your original device once it's up and running again. I realise that neither of these solutions is anywhere near ideal, but it's the best I can think of right now at any rate.
     
  4. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks it’s not the message contents that’s important it’s the message itself. It was the last message my mum sent me before she died. So it’s important for me to have it sat in my inbox saying ‘from mum’.
     
  5. en0x macrumors member

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    i used anytrans to just transfer sms from old phone to new one... but you will need a backup of previous phone or have the old phone handy
     
  6. Fantasigraphic macrumors 65816

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    You can! I JUST did a clean install w/ messages only via ibackupbot.
     
  7. bmac89 macrumors 6502a

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    If you have an iTunes backup you can use an app to retrieve the data from the backup.
    I know of IExplorer which has an app for Mac and Windows with a free trial but I think there are other apps too.
    You may even be able to retrieve the data directly from the iPhone by plugging it in to your computer and using the app, but not sure.
     
  8. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! Will give those two a go. I have the phone so can’t back it up with iTunes.
     
  9. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Tried iBackup bot, won't restore, just give various different error messages.
     
  10. en0x macrumors member

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    I had the same thing with ibackupbot but anytrans worked well
     
  11. adrianlondon macrumors 6502

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    I would suggest, regardless of what you do here, you take a screenshot of it.

    Who knows what may happen in the future. You may delete it by accident, or turn on "delete messages over 1 year old" or when iCloud sync comes it might get zapped with that setting set somewhere else.
     
  12. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    Maybe wait until iCloud messages is released? It could potentially help.
     
  13. Fantasigraphic macrumors 65816

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    New version times out/disconnects iTunes from phone. Use a previous/older version and it works fine
     
  14. lyceumHQ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I’ll try one of the older versions. I just got error -1 which says turn find my iPhone off but they didn’t work.
     

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