Does iTunes backup SMS messages?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by FuryDharok, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. FuryDharok macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2013
    I am updating my iPhone right now using restore but i forgot to backup my messages on the PC using a program, but i did backup through itunes, does it store and backup SMS messages and contacts??
  2. xkandrux macrumors newbie


    Sep 10, 2013
    Parts Unknown
    iTunes will back up the following information
    Contacts* and Contact Favorites (regularly sync contacts to a computer or cloud service such as iCloud to back them up).
    App Store Application data including in-app purchases (except the Application itself, its tmp and Caches folder).
    Application settings, preferences, and data, including documents.
    Autofill for webpages.
    CalDAV and subscribed calendar accounts.
    Calendar accounts.
    Calendar events.
    Call history.
    Camera Roll (Photos, screenshots, images saved, and videos taken. Videos greater than 2 GB are backed up with iOS 4.0 and later.)
    Note: For devices without a camera, Camera Roll is called Saved Photos.
    Game Center account.
    Home screen arrangement.
    In-app purchases.
    Keychain (this includes email account passwords, Wi-Fi passwords, and passwords you enter into websites and some other applications. If you encrypt the backup with iOS 4 and later, you can transfer the keychain information to the new device. With an unencrypted backup, you can restore the keychain only to the same iOS device. If you are restoring to a new device with an unencrypted backup, you will need to enter these passwords again.)
    List of External Sync Sources (MobileMe, Exchange ActiveSync).
    Location service preferences for apps and websites you have allowed to use your location.
    Mail accounts (mail messages are not backed up).
    Installed Profiles. When restoring a backup to a different device, installed configuration profiles are not restored (such as accounts, restrictions, or anything which can be specified through an installed profile.) Any accounts or settings that are not associated with an installed profile will still be restored.
    Map bookmarks, recent searches, and the current location displayed in Maps.
    Microsoft Exchange account configurations.
    Network settings (saved Wi-Fi hotspots, VPN settings, network preferences).
    Nike + iPod saved workouts and settings.
    Offline web application cache/database.
    Paired Bluetooth devices (which can only be used if restored to the same phone that did the backup).
    Safari bookmarks, cookies, history, offline data, and currently open pages.
    Saved suggestion corrections (these are saved automatically as you reject suggested corrections).
    Messages (iMessage and carrier SMS or MMS pictures and videos).
    Trusted hosts that have certificates that cannot be verified.
    Voice memos.
    Voicemail token. (This is not the voicemail password, but is used for validation when connecting. This is only restored to a phone with the same phone number on the SIM card).
    Web clips.
    YouTube bookmarks and history.
    * Your contacts are part of the backup to preserve recent calls and favorites lists. Back up your contacts to a supported personal information manager (PIM), iCloud, or another cloud-based service to avoid any potential contact data loss.
  3. FuryDharok thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2013
    Thanks... But it asks me for a backup password and the phone is now a brick without the info, what can i do about it? I don't know ANY backup passwords + how can i get it back?... This is messed up i really need me stuff and info back
  4. xkandrux macrumors newbie


    Sep 10, 2013
    Parts Unknown
    if you forgot the password backup, there may be 2 ways of removing that, first is wiping your phone and then uncheck the encrypt local backup box in itunes (the checkmark actually triggers something in the phone so it asks for the password) the other way is to look for a third party app to do it.
  5. artash91 macrumors newbie


    Sep 14, 2013
    Use 3rd party app if you forgot the back-up password!

    @FuryDharok you can use a third party web application such us allyourtexts[dot]com. This helps me to back-up my iPhone 5 messages in HTML5 format as well as track my texting behavior with various contacts!

    Hope this helps!

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