Finding texts in my iPhone backup

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Andy000, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Andy000 macrumors newbie

    Andy000

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    So I need to restore my iPhone and can't use a backup because 'm guessing whatever is corrupted and taking up space on my phone has been backed up too so I'm just going to start from scratch and wipe my phone therefore losing all my texts.

    I've been searching and reading a few things online about getting to your backup data on a Mac (I'm using my Macbook Air) where you can then extract the particular files that are your texts. Well I've found that folder finally, it wasn't where every post I read said it'd be, but having just checked again whilst typing this it now IS where the sites say to find it so I have no idea anymore lol, but it's under: /Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ and there are 2 folders in there, one seems to be all my old iPhone 3G stuff and one is my iPhone 5 stuff which is what I want. But now the main part, it has 10,090 items in it all named something like '00a49b16703361aa90a60aa212f2e8c1fef5c104' for example and I'm supposed to find this 1 specific file that is my texts in all of this.

    So does anyone have any idea or help on how to find it exactly?
    Any help is seriously welcome, the other sites all have different methods that either cost money or just aren't explained properly.
     
  2. Andy000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Andy000

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  3. tateu macrumors 6502

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    On a Windows PC I use programs such as iTools or iBackupBot. I don't know how well the Mac versions work, though. And you didn't say what you wanted to do with the texts once you get access to them. If you want to load them onto a freshly restored phone, you'd have to try iBackupBot, although I was unable to get that to work a few months ago (possibly an issue with an older version of iBackupBot).
     
  4. Andy000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Andy000

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    I just want to have them saved basically, I've read you can turn them into a PDF or other things but I just need to find them and extract them asap so I can restore my phone. I just don't want to restore my phone and possibly have a new backup save on my computer when I sync and wipe all my old backup data and those texts, I don't really care about having them on my phone if that's not possible without reloading a backup, but I just need to have them saved so I can always go back to them if/when I need to.
     

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