Restore SMS to iPhone (not jailbroken)?

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  1. iannufc macrumors newbie

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    Hi.

    I have searched the forums for any feedback/answers to my question, and can't find any, so please forgive me if you can find otherwise.

    My question is this - I have an iPhone 3GS, and I'd like to try to extend the battery life by doing a restore from DFU mode and setting it up as a new phone, which I have never done.

    As a result, I have 3 years worth of text messages that I would prefer to keep.

    I know there are many ways to do this if you are jailbroken, but my past jailbreaking experiments convinced me that it slows the phone down too much, and it didn't provide that many benefits for me TBH.

    So - has anyone come across a way to do a restore, on a virginized, un-jailbroken iPhone, all of your SMS messages - sent, received, the lot?

    I have seen ways to do this, copy files from old backups to new, but haven't been able to get this to work.

    I have used Tansee SMS backup to back them all up in a readable format onto my PC, but I'd prefer to have them on the phone.

    Has anyone managed to do this yet, and if so, how? If anyone could help, I'd be very grateful.

    Many thanks in advance!
     
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    See the text below that I posted in another thread:

    Edit: Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for whether this actually works for you. Also, make sure you DO NOT select erase all settings, as it states in his the linked thread.

    Using this method will keep all your SMS messages. Please let us know if this helps.
     
  3. iannufc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Many thanks for that - I'll do that then.

    Hopefully Apple, or someone else, will come up with a solution in the future.

    Many thanks for the heads-up!

    Ian
     
  4. iannufc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just done it, and it works a treat! Hopefully it'll improve battery life.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Let us know about your battery life (maybe tomorrow?), since it really helps if you don't have to go through the pain of a restore as new.
     
  6. iannufc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I certainly will, as it is much easier than a restore then sync.
     
  7. iannufc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Battery use is much better than yesterday, and I deliberately mimicked yesterdays usage to allow me to compare. So one 'new' iPhone with messages intact.

    Result!

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    Glad my advice has helped someone today. Hey, can you tell me if that messes with any thing you might have in your calendar? And are all ringtones okay?
     
  9. iannufc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well without looking back a few months to double-check, it appeared to lose my Calendar events. I use a Mailbox/Calendar from getsync'd.com though, which acts as an Exchange account, so when I set the account back up, the Calendar was restored.

    My ringtones went, as well, but a sync back with iTunes put them back.

    The only thing that annoyed me was putting the icons back where I had them (it resets icon placement) and having to re-enter wifi passwords.

    Stocks/Weather were reset as well, but I don't use them.

    As far as I am concerned though, the apparent better battery life is worth the bit hassle though. Obviously, my word is not gospel, and all usual disclaimers will apply here (i.e. please don't blame me if you lose something you use that I don't!), but it worked for me.

    I hope this information helps anyone.
     

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