Restoring Macbook Pro next week, don't want to lose iMessages!

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  1. JarrettH15 macrumors newbie

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    Have to restore my macbook at Apple this week, Yosemite is making my laptop run super slow and it is also stuck in an update loop.

    I have a ton of iMessage conversations on my Macbook from as far back as 2012 (that I do not have on my iPad or iPhone) and I really don't want to lose them when I restore this laptop Monday. What are my options as far as backing all those messages up and then loading them all back up when I restore and reconfigure the computer!

    Thank you so much in advance!

    Jarrett

    MBP 13in Mid 2012
    2.5ghz i5 4gb ram
    Yosemite 10.10.1
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I could be wrong, but I don't think there any options to restore iMessages. Still would you lose them because they're in the cloud and you have them on your iPhone/iPad. No?

    Edit: I'd back up the entire computer just in case, so you can restore back to 10.10 in case they do disappear.
     
  3. JarrettH15 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Whenever I got a new iPad/iPhone I would start with no messes so they're not on those. What type of backup should I run? Time machine? Really not sure. Thank you!
     
  4. Alrescha, Dec 7, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2014

    Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    A Time Machine backup should take care of this for you. If you would like extra insurance, you should find the messages in:

    /Users/yourusername/Library/Containers/com.apple.iChat/Data/Library/Messages/Archive

    A.

    Addendum: I would recommend backing up the entire Messages directory using Finder's "Compress" option to create a zip file.
     

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