Extracting iMessage log from phone/records

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  1. SMGreenfield macrumors member


    Nov 27, 2008
    Glendale, CA
    My wife received a ticket for voice texting (in California), despite the July 2012 change in the law to permit texting using "voice-operated, hands-free operation" (see law, below). Citing officer, however, would not listen.

    To challenge the ticket, I wanted to demonstrate that in fact no actual text message had been sent (SIRI was acting up that day). From the AT&T bill, it's easy to see no message has been sent. But from the iMessage side, I realize there's no definitive list of iMessages sent or received -- OR IS THERE?

    Is there any way to obtain (through Apple or otherwise) a complete list of actual iMessages (or just their date/times)? (Even technical approaches -- I'm an Apple Developer)


    SECTION 1. Section 23123.5 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

    23123.5. (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication, unless the electronic wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation to dictate, send, or listen to a text-based communication, and it is used in that manner while driving.

    (b) As used in this section “write, send, or read a text-based communication” means using an electronic wireless communications device to manually communicate with any person using a text-based communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

    (c) For purposes of this section, a person shall not be deemed to be writing, reading, or sending a text-based communication if the person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in an electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making or receiving a telephone call or if a person otherwise activates or deactivates a feature or function on an electronic wireless communications device.
  2. ipsychedelic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2012
    Well you can find the SMS database at

    The main database would be sms.db (SQLite).

    But in any case anybody could tamper it so I'm not sure how much of a proof would it be, unless you're just using for yourself, as a means to check dates and recipients of that day.

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