Restore as New Phone but preserve Camera Roll and SMS

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by pathumx, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. pathumx macrumors member

    May 7, 2008
    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?
  2. TOMIMOT macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2011
    if you back up your iPhone to your computer doesn't it keep everything the way it was once your done your restore?
  3. pathumx thread starter macrumors member

    May 7, 2008
    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.
  4. pathumx thread starter macrumors member

    May 7, 2008
    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.
  5. utahman130 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2012
    Yep, you can! :)

    Download PhoneView here

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