iPhone SMS Backup
Hey everyone, I'm new to this forum and I'm hoping to get some help with my iPhone. I've been having some problems ever since upgrading to 3.0 including my camera not taking photos. Nothing is saved to the camera roll, including screenshots. I thought I might just do a full restore to fix it but I do want to keep all of my text messages though. I used the iPhonebrowser to find an sms.db and an sms-legacy.db file under both /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS and /var/mobile/Library/SMS. I was testing this out and made a backup of the sms.db and sms-legacy.db file from the private /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS directory but not the /var/mobile/Library/SMS directory. I sent and received a text and tried I replaced the sms.db and the sms-legacy.db file under private/var/mobile/Library/SMS with my backups but did not save them to the /var/mobile/Library/SMS.
Here's where my problems began. I can no longer send any text messages. I don't know if I can receive any either. I hit send and the SMS process just crashes. I tried fixing it by placing my backup sms.db and sms-legacy.db files back into the /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS and /var/mobile/Library/SMS directory. Rebooted and my texts were restored to when I had the backup, but I still can not send out text messages. I'm wondering if there is any way to fix this or do I now have to do a full restore. Also did I mess up pretty bad and if the files in the /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS and /var/mobile/Library/SMS directories are completely different or what? Both directories have the same files under Library as well, that's why I swapped it.
I did back up my texts messages using Tansee iPhone SMS Transfer, but the whole reason I did this was to import my texts messages back onto my iPhone after a full restore.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :)
If you remove the sms.db and the sms-legacy.db files & reboot the phone it should recreate them files automatically.
That want help you install your .db backup but it may get the SMS working again without restoring.
So you're saying basically remove them and let the iPhone recreate the datebase files after a new restore and then putting them back on? And does it matter if they're from the /var/mobile/Library/SMS directory or the /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS directory. I only have the .db files from the /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS directory.
I know we can transfer iPhone Contacts, Notes, Calendar, Music, Photos and Videos to my iPhone 3GS.But how can we backup our previous iPhone 3G SMS to iPhone 3GS?
First,if you jailbreaked your phone than it’s damn easy just SSH your iPhone 3G and Navigate to /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS and Save sms.db on your computer then follow the vice versa with iPhone 3GS just copy sms.db from your computer to iPhone 3GS /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS folder.
Here is the simple to follow steps to Restore SMS History from Previous iPhone to New iPhone. All you have to do is to copy SMS backup files from old iPhone back up folder to new iPhone back up folder.
Navigate to the iTunes backup folder
1.Windows User : C >> Users >> User Name >> AppData >> Roaming >> Apple >> Computer >> MobileSync >> Backup >>
2.Mac OS X User : ~/Libary » Applications Support » MobileSync » Backup.
In the backup folder there will be X number of folders according to number of phones you synced to your iTunes. For example i have two iPhone 2G and 3G so i have two folders named with 40 random hex characters. But i need to copy SMS from iPhone 3G so how do i identify?
To identify your particular iPhone backup sync both phones with 5 minutes of interval and note the time in your computer clock while syncing.
Now Sort the view by date–this will let you easily tell which subfolder belongs to which phone.
Now you knows the folder where your previous iPhone 3G backup is saved, so explore to that particular folder (iPhone 3G) and copy these two files to iPhone 3GS folder. Make sure you must synced new iPhone 3GS at least once so back up folder will be created.
More information: How to transfer SMS Message from iPhone 3GS to iPhone 4 or PC?.- Transfer all iphone files to Mac computer - Mustsoftware
SMS/MMS are not synced with an application on your computer or included with the iTunes sync process in any way except for being included with your iPhone's backup which is updated by iTunes as the first step during the iTunes sync process. The data included with the iPhone's backup is not stored in your iTunes library. This link provides the data on your iPhone that is included with your iPhone's backup.
There are a number of 3rd party utilities that provide for backup SMS from your iPhone on your computer for access to the data on your computer for archiving or printing, etc. Here is one of them.
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