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Friday, July 18, 2008

Backing up the iPhone's SMS!

The iPhone has an SMS limit of 1000 SMS even though you have a lot of space remaining. You might want to backup these SMS before erasing them though. What is great is that SMS are automatically synched by iTunes. Applications like MobileSyncBrowser (donationware) and Syphone (free from Micromat) can do this quite easily. I was somewhat disappointed by both, but they are still useful and they can get the job done. The free Syphone doesn't support well accented characters and it didn't recognize my iPhone at first. I finally checked the support forum and resolved the issue by synching the iPhone with "Run helper app in the background" and unchecking it after to make the SMS appear. A problem that I found on both apps is that incoming and outgoing texts are separate. Both apps are still useful and I think if you can get Syphone to work, it is a great option because it is free.


Blogger AJ51 said...

My God, i don't think that i have either sent or received 1000 SMS in my whole life, let alone had that many that i wanted to keep

July 21, 2008 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Chris Lee said...

Also, for those of us with the UK network o2,
they have a function called BlueBook which
automatically saves your incoming and outgoing
SMS messages for free, online! Solved!

July 21, 2008 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This MSB app is really cool app. You may or may not have known this, but every time you synchronize your iphone into your computer, iTunes makes a local copy of all data files contained in the iPhone's SMS and Notes applications, all your contacts, and recent call history. In short, your iPhone has a hidden clone. You know who needs this besides everyone? (it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it) business executives, lawyers, and industry officers who need to keep track of and produce hard-copy evidence of ALLctheir communications. Also the iPhone owner who had it stolen or broke it. Best of all, think of all the parents that can use MSB to keep track of their children's online contacts and exchanges; there is even a commercial potential if you consider those who could use MSB for extensive information-gathering purposes, like legal proceedings. Investigations. Etc/

August 1, 2009 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Every one having the same problem regarding hiding or locking text messages on iPhones. Recently I downloaded a program from and it hides the iPhone SMS button and replaces it with a fake one that you can edit. Basically it doesn’t show all the girls I am talking to.

April 21, 2010 at 6:05 PM  

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