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Extracting Text Messages from your iPhone

October 9, 2014

Over the course of two years I have accumulated several SMS text messages that I wanted to archive.  I could have used iTunes to backup the contents of my phone to my Mac, unfortunately to read the archived messages I would have to restore them to another iPhone.  I discovered several paid apps in the App Store that would allow me to extract messages and read them on my Mac, however they were rather expensive.  After a quick Google Search I stumbled upon Nelson Aguilar’s WonderHowTo article How to Extract & Back Up All Your Text Messages & Picture Messages from your iPhone to your Mac.  Following Nelson’s instructions, I downloaded Chelsey Baker’s iOSMessageExport script on GitHub and it worked perfectly!

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