can you fake dates on old messages

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mcguih, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. mcguih macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2015
    Hi, wondering if it is possible to change dates of old messages to make them look like they are new?
    I dont know if changing date in settings would automatically change all times in previous messages.
  2. WeatherMate macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2015
    san francisco, california
    I guess changing the regional settings ought to do that. But if you want to change the date and time for a specific message, I guess that'll be a tad difficult.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Changing the time zone will affect the time stamp of the message, but only by hours (depending on the time zone you pick). The issue is ALL messages will be affected.

    If you're trying to fool someone for what ever reason, it really won't work since all the messages will be affected.
  4. Yakibomb macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2014
    Cape Town
    In school when I'd send teachers my home work late this is what i'd do:
    I'd first send them the homework, but type their email address wrong so it wouldn't go through. Then I'd forward them the message and manual change the time stamps on the forwarded message to make it look new.
    I'd do the same thing when i'd claim their assignments where sent to me late.
    Good thing many of my teacher weren't too computer savvy and didn't catch on :p
  5. mcguih thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2015
    Im not trying to fool someone but trying to work out if I've been fooled.
    basically it was a whole convo time and dates last week. But the other person says those messages were from months ago. I don't even have an iphone so i don't know if it's possible. Or were they definitely sent on time and date shown. Thanks
  6. mcguih thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2015
    By regional settings do you mean time zone?
  7. flashflooder macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2011
  8. I7guy macrumors G5

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    I think someone would have to be very savvy to do this. Basically restore the phone from a "cooked" version of the message store. I don't know if it's possible to
    change the date and time of a backed up iMessage on your computer. I'm assuming, as everything else software related, with enough time and energy anything can be accomplished.
  9. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
  10. CC117 macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2013

    What reason would a person have for doing this?? Can't even think of what use this would be!
  11. Crichton333 macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2014
    Why not just add a new number to the name of your sender contact and rewrite the message again and send it to your phone ?
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You cannot edit those time stamps on stock ios.
    On a JB iphone there could a away.

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