Clean install iPhone 4S with only keeping all my text messages (battery issue)

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Jens Engels, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Jens Engels macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2011
    #1
    Hey

    I was wondering, i want to do a clean install of my new iPhone 4S (ios 5.0.1) as i have a little battery drainage problem and want to do a fresh install (first time in 4 years), but the only thing i do not want to lose is all my text messages that i send and received during the last 4 years.

    How can i do this without doing any kind of jailbreaking?

    Thank you very much!!
    Jens
     
  2. jpetticrew macrumors 6502a

    jpetticrew

    Joined:
    May 13, 2009
    Location:
    Texas
    #2
    In short: you can't.
     
  3. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

    Kyotoma

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Location:
    Carnegie and Ontario
    #3
    You might be able to use iexplorer to at least save all of your text messages from the last four years. Putting them back onto the device I'm not sure of.
     
  4. SweetLou122 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
  5. Jens Engels thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2011
    #6
    damnn that's too bad :(! hope apple puts this option in a future update or something..
     
  6. tardman91 macrumors 6502a

    tardman91

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2009
    Location:
    Tampa Area, FL
    #7
    Who the heck saves 4 years worth of text messages? That's crazy. I clear mine out every few days.
     
  7. Jens Engels thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2011
    #8
    Some conversations are funny to have a look back at later, and there are some people that i care about, and sometimes, i look back on text messages, too remember things that i totally forgot already. it's like pictures in some way ;)!
     
  8. Crystal-RX macrumors 68030

    Crystal-RX

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    #9
    That put Herman Cain into trouble as well because people keeping texts for every and these come back to bite them later on :D
     
  9. dehory macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2008
    #10
    This is a belated response, but I'm not sure why people kept telling the OP it wasn't possible when there are posts like this one.
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

    Applejuiced

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2008
    Location:
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    #11
    Because that method above still restores it from backup.
    If you read his post he asks how to do a clean install and setup as new.
     
  11. dehory macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2008
    #12
    See the method I linked to:

    Assuming those instructions work in iOS 5 like they apparently did in iOS 4, the result is a clean new install with texts retained from the old backup.
     

Share This Page