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Hey Guys, I wanna have a fresh start when updating to iOS 5, except on the sms. I want to keep my SMS. Im not yet jailbreaking, so I want
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    Default How do I manually backup and restore my SMS? (before updating to iOS5)
    Hey Guys,

    I wanna have a fresh start when updating to iOS 5, except on the sms. I want to keep my SMS.

    Im not yet jailbreaking, so I want to manually, without jailbreak, restore my SMS.

    How do I backup and restore my messages?

    Or can I just update with iTunes and to a restore from a backup, and only choose to restore my texts? I want to have an completely fresh (except on sms) iOS iPhone 4

    Thanks in advance!

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    Any solution? Just want to updating to iOS 6.

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    There is no other way that I'm aware, other than restore from backup...

    If u want fresh totally clean restore, put in DFU mode and do a restore and when finished setup as a new phone not from backup. This will not however, give you any data back including SMS... So it's one or the other..

    I would not recommend doing the OTA update to iOS 6...

    I know 2 people who did and ended up doing restore in iTunes..
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    Connect ifunbox (or similar)

    Navigate to raw file system > var > mobile > library and drag your SMS folder to your computer. Restore and jailbreak your phone and drag that folder back to the freshly restored phone. Voila SMS are back. Just did this to transfer SMS from one iphone 4 to a freshly restored one on ios 5. Assume same would work on 6. If you have problems with crashing on opening the SMS app ensure the permissions are set correctly.

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    He said he didn't want to JB...

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    Create new backup for the new iPhone on iTunes
    Take (copy) 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 file from the old backup where you've the SMS stored. Replace with the one in the new backup folder you've just created.
    Restore from backup, as I've tried so far, that's all I need to do.

    However, things a bit different with iOS 6 since the format probably changed a bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by SenseiPhone View Post
    Create new backup for the new iPhone on iTunes
    Take (copy) 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 file from the old backup where you've the SMS stored. Replace with the one in the new backup folder you've just created.
    Restore from backup, as I've tried so far, that's all I need to do.

    However, things a bit different with iOS 6 since the format probably changed a bit
    Not work.

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