how to save / keep messages

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  1. TorontoSS macrumors 6502

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    Hi

    I am expecting to set up a new iPhone over the next few days.

    Is there a way I can keep my texts from the older phone? I understand I probably can't transfer the texts to the new phone, but would like to save some of the messages.

    Let me explain: there are a lot of messages on my phone which contain photos of my baby nephew. Is there a way to back the photos up? I have not saved all of the photos on to my camera album.

    Is the only way I can save them by pressing save on each and everyone?
     
  2. canuckRus, Nov 9, 2015
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    canuckRus macrumors 6502

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    Do backup to iCloud and/or iTunes prior to getting new phone and then setting up?
     
  3. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't think iMessages backup to iCloud but don't know about the Mac. However - I just found a quick way to save the photos (it's mainly what i wanted). You just go to DETAILS and save quickly. Will back up my phone and the photos will be on it!
     
  4. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But thanks for yours response!
     
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  6. canuckRus, Nov 9, 2015
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    Sorry, my error. Should have double checked. Everything but messages are saved in cloud/iTunes. Since notes are saved I wrongly assumed same with messages.
    Greetings from TO.
     
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  8. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes I do have a mac and I have an iPad. I wanted to restore from iTunes so it's quicker but for some reason it said I couldn't because my backup was corrupted. Not sure why but oh well. So I restored from an icloud backup from that evening. It ended up being fine, just took a long time and I saved the photos down anyway.

    But one thing to note. It's now 11:00 am (in the UK) and I did this at around 10/1030pm on Tuesday night - so a day and a half a go. And on the lock screen, at the bottom, it still says "restoring from icloud backup". Is this normal?

    My apps had transferred the night before - what is transferring now?
     
  9. canuckRus macrumors 6502

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    (1) messages on iPhone should have replicated to other machines automatically previously
    (2) can't possibly be still restoring this long. iPhone only holds 128G tops. If you managed to save photos, great.
    Initially thought you lived in Toronto, Canada as well? Cheers!
     
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    If not done it never will be.

    Forget the CLoud backup and make a new back up via itunes. Everyone of your photos and texts will be restored to your new phone.
     
  11. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm from Toronto - so my love of the city lives in my name, but live in London now. Figured you're Canadian too with your name! Thanks for all of your advice. May backup to itunes tonight and try this!
     
  12. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks - will try this tonight. It's worrying that it still says that!

    It's annoying my restore from itunes didn't work initially. That would have been much faster!
     
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Way faster. It only took like 5-6 minutes from my 6+ backup to populate my new 6S+ and it worked great. I still use the cloud but just for the nightly incremental backups.
     
  14. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Agreed! I just hope a backup takes place from the iphone 6s as it still thinks it's restoring!
     
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    If you have not stopped it, stop it now. It is just hung up and will not complete.
     
  16. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I got home and was about to stop it and it stopped on its own! The backup got complete I guess!
     
  17. canuckRus macrumors 6502

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    Did you have much in the way of music (non Apple supplied) by chance?
     
  18. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes I do. That could be why it took so long.
     
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    If I were you I would still use the cloud but also do regular encrypted backups via iTunes. It only takes a few minutes.
     

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