iPhone Restore sms.db?

AlphaDogg

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I took my old sms.db from my iPhone via SSH before I restored. Then I set up as a new device, and put that sms.db file in the /var/mobile/library/SMS folder. But my iPhone will not recognize the old messages. I changed the owner of the .db file from root to mobile with iFile, but no difference has been made. Help!?
 

jjk454ss

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I took my old sms.db from my iPhone via SSH before I restored. Then I set up as a new device, and put that sms.db file in the /var/mobile/library/SMS folder. But my iPhone will not recognize the old messages. I changed the owner of the .db file from root to mobile with iFile, but no difference has been made. Help!?
I'm restoring now and am going to hopefully get this to work. Did you ever get it? Check this thread. If you figured it out, let me know what you did please.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1375701/
 
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AlphaDogg

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May 20, 2010
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I'm restoring now and am going to hopefully get this to work. Did you ever get it? Check this thread. If you figured it out, let me know what you did please.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1375701/
I did figure it out. I restored my phone, set up as new and made a new backup file. Do not install any apps or music or anything yet. I then used iBackupBot, clicked on the most recent backup of my phone, selected the /Library/SMS/sms.db file, checked the box next to it, and then right clicked (control click) on the backup (looks like a folder on the left side) and clicked Export. Then I clicked Export only checked file(s). Then I saved it to my desktop. Then I clicked on the new backup file, let it load all of the files, and then clicked File>Import. Then I selected up the Library_SMS_sms.db.info file that got saved to my desktop. Ignore the Library_SMS_sms.db file, and only use the Library_SMS_sms.db.info file. I let it load that up, then right clicked the new backup file and clicked Restore. Then I let it restore and voila, I had my old text messages on a new backup.
 
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jjk454ss

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Jul 10, 2008
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I did figure it out. I restored my phone, set up as new and made a new backup file. Do not install any apps or music or anything yet. I then used iBackupBot, clicked on the most recent backup of my phone, selected the /Library/SMS/sms.db file, checked the box next to it, and then right clicked (control click) on the backup (looks like a folder on the left side) and clicked Export. Then I clicked Export only checked file(s). Then I saved it to my desktop. Then I clicked on the new backup file, let it load all of the files, and then clicked File>Import. Then I selected up the Library_SMS_sms.db.info file that got saved to my desktop. Ignore the Library_SMS_sms.db file, and only use the Library_SMS_sms.db.info file. I let it load that up, then right clicked the new backup file and clicked Restore. Then I let it restore and voila, I had my old text messages on a new backup.
Great, thanks. I just got mine working the other way. Your way sounds easier:D.
 
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cpnotebook80

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Thanks you guys. So now I can setup my new iphone 5 as new and put back all my texts. too bad we couldnt do this with apps that had data in them.
 
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