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    Jailbroken on 4.3.2

    I use bitesms for texting, but for some reason, my springboard restarted on it's own, and ALL MY TEXTS are GONE. I did a backup two weeks ago, and only want to restore my texts. I have current pictures and voicememos that I don't want to get overwritten if I do a restore from backup, as won't that overwrite all the new pics and videos I took in the past 3 weeks?

    If that's the case, how can I just restore the text message convo's only from the backup.



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    Use iPhone backup extractor to extract your SMS.db from the backup you made, and use iPhoneBrowser or DiskAid to copy it back to the iPhone. Reboot the device and you'll have your SMS history as of the backup.

    It will not modify any other data on the device.
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    Awesome!!! It worked! Thanks so much! You would think apple would give you the choice in itunes to just restore certain things only, but I guess not. Sweet!

    Also, is it normal after some time to lose the pictures inside the text message convo's? Some of mine have turned blank over time. Just wondering why that happens.

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    Glad to hear this worked for you.

    With regard to pictures being removed from conversations -- I can't say that I've had that happen. I don't text as much as some other people do, I only have something like 15,000 text messages in my database after keeping it for the last 3-4 years, so it may be related to the hard limit of 15MB that Apple has implemented in iOS 5 on the SMS database that I wouldn't have experienced yet. You would need something like 75,000 text messages in the database in order for it to approach that 15MB limit, but if you think you may be near, it's possible. You can also just check the filesize of the SMS.db you copied back -- if it's near 15MB, that could be your culprit. IF not, it could be that the SMS.db uses internal identifiers to refer to the pictures, and if the photo library has changed and the database isn't updated, it may be referencing files that don't exist in the same place or metadata that it can't find...
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    Ahh, Yea, it's 15mb in size. Hmm, interesting thoughts. Something got broken. It's not all convo's, just some. Sounds like something that isn't going to get fixed.

    I'm not on ios5 yet. I'm on 4.3.2 pn my iphone 4. I haven't updated to ios5 as I didn't think there was a tethered jaillbreak yet?


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    There is a tethered for 5.0/5.0.1, as well as a semi-tethered. No untether, though.
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    If you just need one, you can copy it and email to yourself.
    Otherwise need some unapproved 3rd party software to read them from your backup file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie1 View Post
    Jailbroken on 4.3.2

    I use bitesms for texting, but for some reason, my springboard restarted on it's own, and ALL MY TEXTS are GONE. I did a backup two weeks ago, and only want to restore my iPhone texts. I have current pictures and voicememos that I don't want to get overwritten if I do a restore from backup, as won't that overwrite all the new pics and videos I took in the past 3 weeks?

    If that's the case, how can I just restore the text message convo's only from the backup.
    How to Restore Only SMS Text Messages to iPhone with iTunes
    Optional: If you still havenít created a latest backup on iTunes, connect iPhone to computer to perform a sync.
    Open Windows Explorer in Windows (or Finder in Mac) and navigate to the following folder:
    Windows: %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
    Mac OS X: ~/Libary/Applications Support/MobileSync/Backup

    There will be one or more than one sub-folders with random HEX characters as name, where each of them represents one backup stored by iTunes. By sorting by date or looking at the last modified date of the folders, note down the folder (origin folder) which is the latest backup created.

    You can also select any previous backup which you want to restore SMS which was sent and received up to that point of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunmykim View Post
    How to Restore Only SMS Text Messages to iPhone with iTunes
    Optional: If you still havenít created a latest backup on iTunes, connect iPhone to computer to perform a sync.
    Open Windows Explorer in Windows (or Finder in Mac) and navigate to the following folder:
    Windows: %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
    Mac OS X: ~/Libary/Applications Support/MobileSync/Backup

    There will be one or more than one sub-folders with random HEX characters as name, where each of them represents one backup stored by iTunes. By sorting by date or looking at the last modified date of the folders, note down the folder (origin folder) which is the latest backup created.

    You can also select any previous backup which you want to restore SMS which was sent and received up to that point of time.
    If you just need one, you can copy it and email to yourself.
    Last edited by victoriabrad; 02-05-2013 at 07:57 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n1ckn4m3 View Post
    Use iPhone backup extractor to extract your SMS.db from the backup you made, and use iPhoneBrowser or DiskAid to copy it back to the iPhone. Reboot the device and you'll have your SMS history as of the backup.

    It will not modify any other data on the device.
    I am having a similar problem:

    I am running os7 on my iPhone 5S. I was previously running 6.1.2 JB on my iPhone 5 and backups for that does not work on os7 I had to set up totally as a new iPhone so I have lost all my messages and I am trying to retrieve it.

    I've followed a method by user>library>application support>mobile sync> finding the correct back up and the exact file which supposedly starts with 3d0d that supposedly contains the messages if u paste that and replace that file in the new back up and restore using the new patched back up your messages are supposed to appear but it did not, so maybe it is an issue with os7 I need another free option I could try

    So far: I have used the method above and if I use iphone explorer I can see my messages there but the phone will not display them I assume this is because of the OS version?

    So basically I not only need to extract the message data which doesnt seem like a HUGE issue but I need to put it back into the iphone and have it display the messsages.

    So maybe you can elaborate on what you are saying above? will it work with this OS?


 

 
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