iPhone Restore sms.db?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by AlphaDogg, May 26, 2012.

  1. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

    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!?
     
  2. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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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.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1375701
     
  3. AlphaDogg thread starter macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  4. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    Great, thanks. I just got mine working the other way. Your way sounds easier:D.
     
  5. AlphaDogg, May 27, 2012
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    AlphaDogg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Believe me, the path to finding this way was muuucchhhh harder than you think. It took me 6 hours.
     
  6. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    Yeah, you would think more people would be doing this and that the info would be everywhere.
     
  7. AlphaDogg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeah... But there's a first for everything... My way doesn't even require a jailbreak!
     
  8. cpnotebook80 macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  9. Jahore macrumors newbie

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    Try iphone sms backup & restore.
     

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