iPhone SMS backup
I'm attempting to restore my iPhone 3.0 and set it up as a new phone without doing a full restore from my backup, but want to keep my SMS messages.
Before 3.0 I would just delete almost everything in the backup folder except the 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28.mdata and then restore from this very small backup with just SMS messages. However this doesn't appear to work with 3.0 and the messages do not get restored. Any idea what files i need to leave in the restore folder to restore just the messages.
This may be like 3 years late, but you can use something like iPhone Backup Extractor now to determine the specific filename and recover the actual SMS.db file.
So I'm certain that there is some iOS corruption going on within my iPhone 5 somewhere, and I think it's time for a fresh start.
I've been using the same backup for the past three years, and I think that may be contributing to my dodgy battery life, and odd phone behaviour.
I don't really want to use iTunes / iCloud backup and restore, as I'm certain this may carry over the corruption.
It's time to start fresh, but I'm really not keen on losing all my SMS conversations.
This is how I think it should be done, however I'm opening this up for discussion so that any experienced users can correct me:
First, I'll use my existing backup to extract the SMS backup files (which is sneakily scrambled in name by Apple)
I know that the SMS file in ~Library / Application Support / Mobile Sync / Backup is the file named. However, I'm not entirely sure on what the SMS file is. I couldn't seem to find it on the internet.
I'll then restore my iPhone 5 with a fresh downloaded iOS 7, and create a new iTunes backup.
I'll set up all my contacts (downloaded directly via Google Apps) and all my preferences, and then backup again.
I'll then use my old backup SMS files, and replace the files in my new iPhone Backup.
Next, I'll need to restore my iPhone again, so that I can restore from the newly created back up.
Viola, I now have all my SMS conversations back!
And I later knew more information from this article:
How to recover deleted SMS from iPhone