Is this possible?

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  1. angemon89, Jun 1, 2011
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    angemon89 macrumors 68000

    angemon89

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    Hey all

    So I really want to restore my iPhone as a new device but I want to be able to keep a text message thread. This thread dates back all the way to 2009 so obviously I haven't restored as a new device since then.

    The reason I want to restore as a new device is because there are alot of bugs on my phone that have been transferred over my devices over the years (especially cause I jailbreak and tinker with stuff).

    So I was just wondering if there's anyway to sorta transplant a single text thread into a new backup?

    Thanks
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No.
    Not unless you JB and maybe ssh and save just that text thread and then transfer it back to your JB iphone but Im not exactly sure how or where those are saved in the filesystem.
     
  3. markrivers macrumors 6502a

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    take a screen shot of the SMS

    i guess you're trying to save the conversation right?
    why not take screen shots instead? that way it would be saved as a picture, and it's easier to share as memento/ evidence :D
     
  4. angemon89 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The conversation goes 2 years back though. That'd take forever lol...

    Applejuiced, I think I may be able to pull that off. Do you think this would work?:
    -delete all of my text history besides the thread that I'm trying to keep
    -backup phone in iTunes
    -navigate to the backup folder and save the folder containing my text history (it should only contain the conversation that I'm trying to keep)
    -Restore iPhone and set up as new device
    -Jailbreak and ssh that folder I saved into my iPhone
     
  5. richakaushik90 macrumors newbie

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  6. IrishVixen macrumors 68020

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    If having it on the device itself isn't absolutely mandatory, programs like PhoneView on the Mac and TouchCopy on Windows will allow you to save texts to your computer (they look just like they did on the phone, complete with text bubbles), and it's a lot easier than trying to extract them from a backup. They also don't require a jailbreak, which isn't an issue in your situation, but might be for others with a similar need.

    You didn't say what model phone you had or what firmware; I don't think I've seen anyone say they'd managed to get this trick to work on an iPhone 4 yet (I could have missed a success story, I've seen a few that have tried and failed; could just be user error). I know some things changed with the new firmware though because PhoneView and the like can no longer move things like Notes back onto the phone they way they can with earlier models. So no matter what you use, make sure you have a copy of those texts somewhere safe in a computer-readable format in case you can't get the phone to recognize it.

    Good luck!
     
  7. angemon89 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thank you IrishVixen. Phoneview is amazing. I was able to load out entire conversation and export it as a pdf (the pdf is 1200 pages long :eek:). Well worth $20!!!

    I have an iPhone 4 on the latest firmware btw.
     
  8. IrishVixen macrumors 68020

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    You're welcome! Works great for saving voicemail too--which for some reason neither Apple nor AT&T provides a native method of doing. Best program I've ever bought, hands down, and it works even for stock devices.

    If you do still try to load just that backup, I'd like to hear about it. It would be helpful to know if it's possible with the iPhone 4--I know it worked with earlier models.
     
  9. angemon89 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm just gonna restore my phone and set it up as a new device. Theres no need to have the texts on my phone anymore.

    So happy right now :D
     
  10. IrishVixen macrumors 68020

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    :D I'd do the same, really. Too much of a PITA to try and restore just that piece.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Wise choice.
    Trust me, you'd be ok without those years worth of old texts.
    Your messages app will load and run faster too:)
     
  12. Jennie023 macrumors newbie

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    I totally agree with your reply ! :)
     

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