iPhone How to Export/Save SMS Messages (apps)-- No Hacks?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by devilot, Oct 5, 2007.

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  1. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    So, what the title says.

    I'm searching for a way to store/ save/ backup SMS messages seeing as the lovely iPhone w/ its massive 8GB of storage, is incapable of allocating more memory for texts.

    A friend found MobileSync which pretty much does what I'm looking for. But there's no real full version. I'd pay for one, but alas, it's only in a "preview" version (as the developer calls it).

    I also am NOT interested in anything that requires any sort of fiddling w/ the phone (as in hacks or whatnot).

    Thanks in advance. :)
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    i did a thorough google search, and it looks like that mobilesync app is your best bet. you could, however, transcribe to ms word all your 1,000 texts. :eek:
  3. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    do you have a mac? Theres as perl script you can run to catalog your SMSes
  4. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005

    :eek: Total low-tech n00b. Can you elaborate w/ dumbed down steps?
  5. horation macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2007
    possible solutions

    So long as you have a mac, try google Syphone. I've read it works, but have a pc, so have not tried it. on a pc, a solution is supposedly found at:


    but I am having trouble finding my sms.db file
  6. brando88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2007
    You can use The Missing Sync for iPhone, but you'll have to pony up a nice $39.95 or something like that.
  7. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Thanks, but as you'll kindly note, this was posted in early October. Just about 3 months ago. I have since started using...
    The link in case anyone else is trying to find it is here.
  8. brando88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2007
    I'm sorry, I didn't even notice, just saw it bolded in the recent threads section lol.
  9. porg1969 macrumors newbie


    Dec 30, 2007
    San Francisco
    Wow cool app man, just what i've been looking for!
  10. mpuck972 macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2007
    Copy/Paste into text program on phone.....
    Forward to email...

    Oh wait, for a second there I was thinking you were talking about a Treo. Um, looks like you may have to wait for 16.7.9 firmware to do what every other smart phone can do today!
  11. jpetticrew macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2009
  12. stevemr123 macrumors regular

    May 27, 2010
    If you don't want to pay for any external tool and don't want to use unsafe hosted solutions, try this:

    1. download the free SQLite Database Browser from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/sqlitebrowser/
    2. locate your SMS database from the iphone backup (works only if the backup is not encrypted). You can find the backups of your iOS devices is at the ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ folder. Each subfolder corresponds to an iOS device backup. The file you need has this (rather strange) name:
    3. Simply open the file in the SQLLite Database Browser
    4. Clik "Browse Data" and select the "message" table. There you find all your messages.

    If you want to export the data, select File/Export/Export as CSV. You can open your CSV file in Excel.
  13. steven5210 macrumors member

    May 20, 2011
    But what if you wanted to restore them back to the iPhone after a fresh restore not from backup?
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