Set up as New Phone but keep all SMS messages intact?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by SirithX, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. SirithX macrumors 6502

    SirithX

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    Is there a way to do this? I haven't set up as a new phone ever since I got my iPhone 3GS back in the day mainly because I love having all the SMS messages I've ever sent right on the device, but I want to set up as a new phone when iOS 5 comes out just to start from a clean slate. Is there a way to maybe ssh and copy the messages to paste back into the phone after I've set up as new maybe or some other solution?
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

    heisenberg123

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    this would be a great idea, like on blackberry when you restored from a backup you could go "advanced" and just pick the things your want to copy to the device from the backup file
     
  3. truncj macrumors member

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    If you're jailbroken, use the following instructions:

    Use iFunbox to connect to your iPhone. Navigate to /var/mobile/Library/SMS. Copy everything from there to your desktop (sms.db, Parts, Drafts). After you install iOS5, select setup as new phone. Then re-jailbreak, connect with iFunbox and copy those files back.
     
  4. SirithX thread starter macrumors 6502

    SirithX

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    Aha, easy solution. Perfect, provided that my SMSs look exactly on my newly setup phone as they did in my backups. I'm assuming I can do the same exact thing with Notes in order to transfer my notes directly to the newly setup phone as well? I realize they sync with Mail too if for some reason that doesn't work.
     

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