iMessages Backup and Restore

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  1. captainnima macrumors newbie

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    Can someone share how I can backup and restore just iMessages content on my Mac? I have time machine but how do I just get the iMessages?

    nima zahadat
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    what is your OS ?

    In Mavericks, the messages are here :

    ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iChat/Data/Library/Messages/Archive

    You can select the line above, then right-click / Reveal in Finder.
     
  3. captainnima thread starter macrumors newbie

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    iMessages Backup and Restore

    Thank you. My OS is Mountain Lion. I tired the path you sent but it doesn't work.
     
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    On Mountain Lion :

    ~/Library/Messages/Archive

    Right click the line above / Services / Reveal in Finder.
     
  5. captainnima thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is great! Thank you. Another question: once I have Yosemite installed, where do I copy these things to?

    thanks,
    nima zahadat
     
  6. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    On Yosemite, the path is the same as on Mavericks.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Unless you are doing a clean install, the messages should stay as they were in Mountain Lion, you won't lose any data.
     
  8. captainnima thread starter macrumors newbie

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    iMessages Backup and Restore

    Thanks. I am doing a clean install. Any idea where the messages go? And do I just copy the folders to the new location?
     
  9. captainnima thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK. I installed Yosemite clean and moved the archived messages from ~/Library/Messages to the same location. They do not show up in the iChat. Any suggestions?

    zahadat nima
     
  10. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    On Yosemite, the right location is :

    ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iChat/Data/Library/Messages/Archive
     
  11. captainnima thread starter macrumors newbie

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    iMessages restore

    Thanks. I went there and all the messages I copied to the ~/Library/Messages/Archive show up there already but nothing comes up in the actual application. Any suggestions?
     
  12. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    I think that if you want to see the current messages, you need to use these files :

    ~/Library/Messages/chat.db

    (same path on Mountain Lion (ML) and Mavericks).

    I have not tested myself, but likely if you copy these files (possibly 3 files : chat.db, chat.db-xxx, chat.db-yyy) from ML to Yosemite your messages will show up in Messages.

    Backup the current files (copy them to the desktop for example) on Yosemite before replacing them with the ones from ML.
     

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