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How to backup and restore SMS and iMessages on a clean iOS install

Have you noticed that virtually every aspect of the personal information on our iPhones can be restored individually via iCloud? Things like photos, mail, contacts, calendars, Safari bookmarks, and notes can all be individually recovered on a fresh install of iOS.

The one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is text messages and iMessages. Sure, it’s possible to restore text messages if you’re willing to backup and restore the entire contents of your iPhone, but what if you wish to perform a fresh install of iOS and then restore messages?

Fortunately, backing up and restoring SMS texts and iMessages on an individual basis is possible, as long as you’re willing to take some time to follow our step-by-step guide.

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Filed under: How-To, iOS Devices, Tips and Tricks Tagged: backup, iBackupBot, icloud, iCloud backup, iMessage, iTunes, restore, SMS, Text messages

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Jeff Benjamin

April 9th

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Yup, the President Can Mass-Message Everyone in the Country Any Time

The President of the United States can mass-message the entire phone-carrying nation at the same time whenever he deems it necessary, as a Wall Street Journal video reminded us today.

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Kate Knibbs

February 18th

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Apple reportedly acknowledges hijacked text message problem

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Adam Pash, former lead editor of Lifehacker, reports that Apple has acknowledged a problem we’ve heard reported before: text messages continue to be converted to iMessages and forwarded to an Apple ID even when that ID is no longer in use. This means that any text messages sent from an iPhone are reported as delivered while actually disappearing into the ether.

[The AppleCare rep] explained:

  1. This is a problem a lot of people are facing.
  2. The engineering team is working on it but is apparently clueless as to how to fix it.
  3. There are no reliable solutions right now — for some people the standard fixes work immediately; many others are in my boat …

For Pash, the problem began when he switched from an iPhone to an Android handset. When his friends texted him, they received a ‘Delivered’ flag while no text message arrived on his new phone….or anywhere else.

When you add a contact and place their phone number in the iPhone field, the Messages app converts what would otherwise be a text message into an iMessage. While this typically saves money for anyone paying per text message, it can result in lost messages when someone stops using the associated Apple ID.

Apple suggested that he ask all his contacts to remove him as a contact and re-add him, selecting Mobile rather than iPhone as the field for his telephone number, a solution that would require contacting everyone who has him listed in their iPhone.

We’ve asked Apple to comment and will report back on any response.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Adam Pash, Apple, AppleCare, iMessage, iPhone, Lifehacker, messages, Messaging, Text messages, Text messaging

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Ben Lovejoy

May 14th

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The Future of Texting Is a Mess

SMS messaging turned 20 years old yesterday, and feels even older. It's decrepit, though, wildly overpriced, and too limited to be our long-term texting solution. More »


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Kyle Wagner

December 4th

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The Future of Texting Is a Mess

SMS messaging turned 20 years old yesterday, and feels even older. It's decrepit, though, wildly overpriced, and too limited to be our long-term texting solution. More »


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Kyle Wagner

December 4th

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The First Text Message Was Sent 20 Years Ago Today

On December 3rd 1992, a 22-year-old Canadian test engineer sat down and typed out a very simple message, "Merry Christmas." It flew over the Vodaphone network to the phone of one Richard Jarvis, and since then, we just haven't been able to stop texting. More »


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Eric Limer

December 3rd

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The First Text Message Was Sent 20 Years Ago Today

On December 3rd 1992, a 22-year-old Canadian test engineer sat down and typed out a very simple message, "Merry Christmas." It flew over the Vodafone network to the phone of one Richard Jarvis, and since then, we just haven't been able to stop texting. More »


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Eric Limer

December 3rd

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What’s the Worst Accidental Text You’ve Ever Sent or Received?

The above photo is a real example of texting gone horribly wrong. Morbid and hilarious for us, but uncomfortable for the him (or her). And it just brings up so many questions. More »


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Leslie Horn

October 24th

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Why I Never Want To Get a Text Message Ever Again

A few years ago texting was the bomb. It was quick, easy, way better than having to open yourself up to an actual back-and-forth conversation with someone, and perfect for surreptitious communication in class or meetings or whathaveyou. That said, I'd be glad to never get a text message ever again. More »


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Eric Limer

October 21st

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Do You Care About Punctuation in Text Messages? [Chatroom]

Text messaging is arguably the most casual form of communication available—and, back when we all first began to text on our dumbphones, the sort of shorthand style that developed was perfectly reasonable. Why strain to type out full words, when a universally understood abbreviation could do the job just as well? More »


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Molly Oswaks

August 30th

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