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macrumors member
Original poster
Aug 22, 2008
I apologize if this question has been addressed already. I'm ready to upgrade to iPhone 5s from a 4S and performed a backup through iTunes. My question is, will the entire text thread including pictures sent through texts be transferred when restoring?

If not, is there a cheap way of saving and saving the texts with the pictures sent?

Thank you.


macrumors regular
Oct 30, 2008
Yes, if you restore your new iPhone from the iTunes backup, all your texts should show on the new phone


macrumors 604
Apr 6, 2007
Thank you! And the pictures that were sent with the texts should be there as well?

Yes, they will. All SMS/iMessages and attached files (photos and videos included) are stored in an SQLite database on the phone, which gets backed up with the iTunes backup. So basically it's all one big file. Your new phone will get a copy of this same database, and everything in it (texts, photos, videos, etc.) will transfer over with the restore from backup.
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