How to fresh install and keep texts/iMessages?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by EJ8, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. EJ8 macrumors 6502a

    EJ8

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    iMessages are the only thing I want to restore. I can't seem to remember if this is possible and how to do it.
     
  2. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

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    I could be wrong but I don't think you can. If you have them on your iMessage on iPad of Mac then you'll still have access to them but not on the phone if you do a clean install.
     
  3. Tammster macrumors 6502

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    I have the same question. The only other thing I'd want to preserve are photos and those save separately to icloud.
     
  4. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    I think restoring from backup is all or nothing.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    You have a choice, restore from a backup and get everything back, or fresh install and your data (including your messages) will be gone.
     
  6. grantmo macrumors member

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    Will your camera roll with all your pics and vids still be there with a fresh install?
     
  7. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    If you're running Windows you can always download your saved camera roll pictures by accessing your iPhone like you would an external device or hard drive.
     
  8. codeman7 macrumors member

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  9. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    Couldn't you go to your iCloud backup settings and disable everything except messages/photos? Then do a restore, and restore from the icloud backup with just messages/photos.
     
  10. Razeus macrumors 601

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    I was going to ask this. I need a fresh install but I need my iMessages for business purposes/documentation.
     
  11. EJ8 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This is the only idea I had. I'm not sure how many other random artifacts the backup may bring over but I think I'm going to try this.
     

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