SMS Backup

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    Hello everyone. I am come here recently from a Droid X that unexpectedly died on me. I am getting used to the iPhone although I have noticed it is not as customizable as the Droid without jailbreaking (which I am considering). One thing that I miss and do need is someway to backup my text messages. I have an ex that is really not nice and a pain and I have backed up all my texts (sent and received) for the past 1.5 years in case they would be needed/helpful in legal proceedings. I am looking for something similar to this for the iPhone but I am so new that I don't know if anything like this exist. Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Thanks for the responses...I am overwhelmed by all the help offered...lol
     
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    Your SMS are auto backup in your iTunes. You can find the backup files in your computer at this location: first enable hidden files then navigate to User-UserName-AppData-Roaming-Apple Conputer-MobileSync-Backup.
    You can use tool like backup extractor or SMS extrator from Internet to extract your SMS from your most recent backup file.
     
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    Where do I go to enable hidden files then user then...?
     
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    What computer are u using? Mac or windows?
     
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    If you are on a windows then open
    My Computer folder, you clic on organize tab at top left conner >folder and search options. in the popup wondow clic on tab "view" then mark "show hidden files, folders and drives"> apply> ok/ when that's done, follow the address to your backup files.
     
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    I got it to work. It isn't quite as easy as the droid but it will work. I thank you very much!
     
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    You are welcome and good to know that it's working.
     
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    What you're doing will give you access to the database files, but they're only readable if you use a SQLite database viewer and even so, you need to custom write SQL queries to get it into any kind of format resembling a readable conversation.

    Alternatively, you could use AllYourTexts. It lets you view your texts as normal conversations that you can copy/paste or export as text or HTML. You don't need to jailbreak your phone and you don't need to go manually digging through your backup folders.

    [​IMG]
    (Apologies if the screenshot with the ex hits a little close to home. It's just the standard screenshot)

    Full disclosure: I'm a developer for this program.
     
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    Where do I go to enable hidden files if I am a Mac user?

    Thanks.
     
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    If you jailbreak...and install biteSMS then biteSMS has a "copy to clipboard" feature inside each conversation tab.

    You can copy..paste it into an email or something...then save all of then in a designated folder or something.
     

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