How To Back-UP Contacts, Settings, etc?

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SoleAddict23

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how do you make a back-up copy of your contacts?

last time i had to restore my iPhone and had to go through with all the trouble of entering each of my contacts into my phone. :oops:
 

coolie

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i don't know about contact from iPhone to computer, but you can add all your contacts to your computer and sync it to your iPhone
 

piloting

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how do you make a back-up copy of your contacts?

last time i had to restore my iPhone and had to go through with all the trouble of entering each of my contacts into my phone. :oops:
I just sync with the computer using itune. When you reset your iPhone, you can resync with all the contact and setting back.
 

cypher7810

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Are you sure, because last time I bricked my phone , I restored it, and it had all my music of course, but NONE of my contacts.
 

ciaran00

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Actually, a sync appears to save everything except a few key things:
  • YouTube bookmarks (may be changed with 1.1.1)
  • Wifi passwords
  • Voicemail password (if on AT&T)
Did I miss one?
 

x999x

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Actually, a sync appears to save everything except a few key things:
  • YouTube bookmarks (may be changed with 1.1.1)
  • Wifi passwords
  • Voicemail password (if on AT&T)
Did I miss one?
Passwords are never cached after a restore, call it Apple's imposed security measure.

Anyway, if you want to backup your data just make sure you sync before you restore, you'll guarantee you have the most current data backed up that way.
 

skiz420

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i have it sync with iTunes and the contacts go into outlook... thats good just incase iTunes ever gets screwed up at least i have all my contacts saved in outlook
 

wildonrio

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You can back up all of your information by going to private/var/root/Library. All your contacts, text messages, bookmarks, notes, etc. are all in folders. Just copy it from the phone to your desktop.
 

entong

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You can back up all of your information by going to private/var/root/Library. All your contacts, text messages, bookmarks, notes, etc. are all in folders. Just copy it from the phone to your desktop.
thanks wildonrio that quite useful for me :laugh2:
 

wildonrio

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thanks wildonrio that quite useful for me :laugh2:
Did you try it out? I just noticed it myself the other day but I've never actually tried to back something up and then put it back in there to see if the phone recognized it. I can only assume so though, until someone tries it.
 

entong

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Did you try it out? I just noticed it myself the other day but I've never actually tried to back something up and then put it back in there to see if the phone recognized it. I can only assume so though, until someone tries it.
yup i did try it. it works but im still looking the easy way to back up :)
 

danaconda

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You never mentioned what OS you are using. I have Vista, so I'll give you the Vista simplified way.

In iTunes, when your iPhone is connected highlight it so you can view all the options related to the iPhone. There is a tab named Info. Go to that tab and check to enable the "Sync Contacts From" box. Now in Vista there is a contact list called "Windows Contacts." I never use windows contacts, but since vista has it, I decided to use that (I also don't have outlook). If you tell it to sync, and your windows contacts is empty from not being used, all of your contacts from the iPhone will copy over. Everything. Pictures, ringtones, phone number labels (ie: work, mobile, home). Just leave this box checked so that it syncs every time you sync your iPhone.

I'm assuming Windows XP has something very similar to that. But I can't guarantee. And no, it doesn't have an option for Mozilla Thunderbird.
 

entong

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You never mentioned what OS you are using. I have Vista, so I'll give you the Vista simplified way.

In iTunes, when your iPhone is connected highlight it so you can view all the options related to the iPhone. There is a tab named Info. Go to that tab and check to enable the "Sync Contacts From" box. Now in Vista there is a contact list called "Windows Contacts." I never use windows contacts, but since vista has it, I decided to use that (I also don't have outlook). If you tell it to sync, and your windows contacts is empty from not being used, all of your contacts from the iPhone will copy over. Everything. Pictures, ringtones, phone number labels (ie: work, mobile, home). Just leave this box checked so that it syncs every time you sync your iPhone.

I'm assuming Windows XP has something very similar to that. But I can't guarantee. And no, it doesn't have an option for Mozilla Thunderbird.
i just found that if you like to backup your sms . you can go for
/private/var/root/Library/SMS/sms.db

thats the database of your sms

as for notes you can go for
/private/var/root/Library/Notes/notes.db

hope it helps;)
 

mido

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i just found that if you like to backup your sms . you can go for
/private/var/root/Library/SMS/sms.db

thats the database of your sms

as for notes you can go for
/private/var/root/Library/Notes/notes.db

hope it helps;)
And how to go to this path?