how to get text messages off my iphone 3gs

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Sossity, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Sossity macrumors 65816

    May 12, 2010
    How do I do this? I want to forward texts to someone's e-mial, but it only offers to forward to another phone number.
  2. Sc00tr macrumors regular

    May 28, 2011
    I remember seeing mac apps out there that will do it. Some of them cost a small fee. I have never used any of them but they look easy to use.

    I will tell you how I do it and it is free.

    1) back up you iphone. Your sms messages are stored in your backup.
    2) download Iphone Backup Extractor. This will allow you to see the contents of your backup. Extract IOS Files. What you get is a bunch of IOS system files and librarys and such. just do a search for sms.db which is the db file that contains all your txt messages.
    3) run the shell script from below.

    # Extracts SMSs in CSV format from iPhone backup
    SQL="select datetime(date, 'unixepoch', 'localtime') as \"date\", case when flags=3 then 'sent to' else 'rec from' end as \"from\", address as phone, text as \"message\" from message;"
    sqlite3 -csv -header -separator ',' "${FILE}" "${SQL}"
  3. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    IIRC, you're jailbroken, right? If so, biteSMS does this. Just tap and hold on the message, tap "Forward", and input the email address into the To: field.

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