Deleting Texts/Modifying backup files

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by asdf212, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. asdf212 macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2010
    Is there any way to edit or modify my iPhone backup files?
    There are certain texts I do not want to be read, and Im wondering if I can edit them or stop them from reappearing if i restore from any kind of backup.

    Is this possible?
  2. abz1981 macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2011
    As far as I know the answer is no. However I am a bit confused why you ask this question. Why don't you just simply restore your phone from back up. Then delete the SMS that you don't want other people to read on your iPhone and then set up a pass code lock?
  3. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    restore from the backup, delete the texts individually (by hitting edit from within the conversation, selecting those you wish to delete, and then tapping the trash can icon).

    delete all backups from your computer. Depending on whether you use a mac or pc or iCloud, this will be "where are iPhone backups stored on ___", or in iCloud, you can delete them from the iCloud storage tab on the phone itself

    finally, back up the phone again, so all backups you have from now on will not contain the text messages you wanted deleted.

    you could also do it by editing the backup files themselves, but unless you know EXACTLY how these files are structured, you'll just corrupt them. So I'd stay away from that unless you're the one who designed the backup system, in which case I doubt you'd be asking this question ;)

Share This Page