1. usedberry's Avatar
    Hello friends,
    I'm asking for your help here. I'm running iOS 8.4.1 on my iPhone and i want to do a clean install of iOS 9 because
    1. iBooks no longer works (crashes when i hit the 'table of contents' button while reading a book). It worked fine until about 40 days ago.
    2. Reminders stopped working when i updated to 8.3
    I'm sure iOS 9 clean install will get rid of the above issues but the problem is that a clean install means I'll also lose all my SMS and iMessages because I won't be restoring from the 8.4.1 backup.
    Is there a way i can backup only my messages somewhere and restore them when on iOS 9?
    I use iTunes for backup. Does icloud backup provide option to backup only messages? Or any other ideas please. Thank you!
    09-14-2015 04:31 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    iOS9 isn't publicly available until Wednesday... And you are correct about iMessage/sms texts... there's no way to back those up and restore just those.
    usedberry likes this.
    09-14-2015 04:35 PM
  3. OZsMac's Avatar
    Native apple tools won't allow you to just restore your SMS messages, however this specific challenge can possibly be solved with some third party tools and a few dollars.

    ***i have not personally tried any of the methods available, as I normally just let my SMS messages go with every clean install***

    This wired article should be a great place to start your research.

    Total Recall: How to Back Up All the Text Messages on Your iPhone | WIRED
    usedberry likes this.
    09-14-2015 06:09 PM
  4. usedberry's Avatar
    Native apple tools won't allow you to just restore your SMS messages, however this specific challenge can possibly be solved with some third party tools and a few dollars.

    ***i have not personally tried any of the methods available, as I normally just let my SMS messages go with every clean install***

    This wired article should be a great place to start your research.

    Total Recall: How to Back Up All the Text Messages on Your iPhone | WIRED
    Thank you. I already have one of those paid apps on my laptop but the thing is it (they) can only let you view on computer and export to pdf.
    No option to restore the messages to my iPhone. 😏
    09-14-2015 06:49 PM

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