Restore as New Phone but preserve Camera Roll and SMS

pathumx

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May 7, 2008
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I may have to restore and setup my iPhone 4 as new to fix some issues. I've been trying to find a way to keep my SMS and Camera Roll. Camera Roll I don't care too much about, but SMS I definitely want. I haven't seen a reliable method described, does anyone know of any?
 

TOMIMOT

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Jul 16, 2011
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if you back up your iPhone to your computer doesn't it keep everything the way it was once your done your restore?
 

pathumx

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May 7, 2008
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if you back up your iPhone to your computer doesn't it keep everything the way it was once your done your restore?
only if you restore from backup. but if i set it up as a new phone, I can't restore from backup. thus losing everything like the SMS and the camera roll.
 

pathumx

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May 7, 2008
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i jailbroke and saved the SMS folder to my computer via SSH. then i restored it using SSH. Camera Roll I wasn't able to find anything, so I just saved all of the images into a single event in Aperture and i'm going to resync them that way. I read on an apple KB article that this way will make backups smaller and faster.
 

utahman130

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Jun 7, 2012
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I may have to restore and setup my iPhone 4 as new to fix some issues. I've been trying to find a way to keep my SMS and Camera Roll. Camera Roll I don't care too much about, but SMS I definitely want. I haven't seen a reliable method described, does anyone know of any?
Yep, you can! :)

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