I want to import my SMS logs from one iPhone to another, how do I do this on iOS5?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Doju, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    I'm using iExplorer to get the logs, and I retrieved them from my iOS 4.2 iPhone 3GS and want to put them on my iOS 5.0 iPhone 4S, but I can't find the root directory on my new iPhone 4S. How do I put the logs from my old iPhone back on the new one (note: I only want the logs, not the rest, so restore from backup is not optimal).
  2. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Backup and restore is the only way to do it.
  3. Punker macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    If what you want to do is install a fresh copy of IOS and only import your SMS from an old backup...then you are in luck

    I had a hard time finding the instructions on how to do that, but i tried it (from IOS 4.3 to IOS5.0) and it worked perfectly!

    1. Sync the phone you want to copy text messages from.  Make a new backup.
    2. Go to the folder with your backups (google it if you dont know)
    3. sort the folders by date modified to find the one containing your the backup you just made (this step is only necessary if you have multiple backup folders, such as if you've synced more than one phone on that computer)
    4. Make a copy of the backup folder in case anything gets ****ed up
    5. copy the following files from that backup folder to a new folder
    6. Set up the phone you want to transfer texts to as a new phone (or do a fresh install)
    7. make a new backup after it is set up
    8. go to the folder with the new backup created in step 7, delete everything in it leaving an empty folder
    9. Copy the 6 files listed in step 5 to the empty folder from step 8
    10. right click the phone in iTunes and restore to backup
    11. You should have a fresh phone, set up new but with all of your texts saved
    It might give an error message when the restore finishes, but don't panic; take a look at your text messages and they should be there.
  4. steven5210 macrumors member

    May 20, 2011
    Nice....this is basically the more simpler approach I remember copying stuff off my iphone with SSH turned into a big mess. I have to save this for future references!
  5. christine 1128 macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2012
    Lost all my data files erything after update to ios5.1 for my iphone 4 .

    I have facing a problem.....After update to ios 5.1 n all my data files apps are gone from my iphone 4.Idun think i have backup before update.Is because the loading it takes about 18 hours n i din know the update is for version ios 5.1 as my fren told me that dun simply update for iphone.I really mad n i have many important files,messaging,contacts,notes n photos that i want it back.....I want my previous version n all my things..................Plsssssss............I hate ios 5.1......I do want my Iphone 4 now.................
  6. cymad macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2012
    Not sure if I understood your message (you should really try to write full sentences with actual words - manners). Did you do a clean install? Why did you not install from backup? Go to iTunes, Settings, Devices and see if there is a backup file that you can use. If yes, restore your iphone and chose that backup file once prompted.
    PS: Please stop posting a completely different issue in someone else's post.
  7. snelly1 macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2012
    Seem to be missing a file

    Hi, i am having trouble with this method, i don't seem to be have the -manifest.mdbx file in my backup folder.... has anyone else come across this problem?

  8. mikestreb macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2012
    Missing mdbx file as well

    I am also missing the manifest.mdbx file from my backup folder. I tried the instructions with everything but that file and I am not getting any results. Anyone other than me and snelly having this issue and able to get the SMS to import?

  9. rogerbarrett macrumors regular

    May 22, 2012
    Use Backup Service For Every Cell Phone Data

    You can use online back service to back up your whole data of iPhone. I suggest you to use StealthGenie. There features are awesome and works well for phone data backup.
  10. abercrombie macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2008
    Parent's Basement
    Bump, will this work for the new iPhone 5? Getting mine next Friday and only thing I wanted to transfer over is the SMS messages and all the love letter I've collected throughout the years. :p
  11. iBrianS macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2012
    Any luck?

    Did you guys ever find a work-around for this? I don't have the file either (just one w/out a file extension). I think it may have to do with iOS 6. I did find them in my original iPhone backup from years ago...

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