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Best apps for backing up iPhone call logs, SMS, and other iOS user data?

I've been using iOS since back in the day when it was called "iPhone OS" (i.e. 1.0 - 3.0), and I recently realized that I've never done a full manual restore of my iPhone system state. Everything I've got on my device(s) have been carried with me through successive backups and upgrades and each new iPhone release since 2007. Call me crazy, but there's got to be a lot of junk in there gumming up the works. (For more on that topic, see this awesome thread on bit-rot: gdgt.com­/question­/do­-macs­-suffer­-from­-bit­-rot­-ekx­/...)

Anyhow, I've decided now is as good a time as any to do a completely clean, full, manual reinstall / restore. I've got almost all my important data hosted in the cloud (notes with Simplenote, contacts with Google Contacts, mail via Gmail, etc.), but there are still a few bits of iOS user data that aren't easily backed up individually, such as call logs and SMS (and I'm sure a few other things I probably wouldn't want to lose but not thinking of right now).

So, the question is: what are the best tools for getting at and archiving specifically the kind of data that regular iOS backups include but that aren't otherwise exportable or stored remotely? I've taken a look at PhoneView (ecamm.com­/mac­/phoneview/) but I'd love to know if there are any other, potentially better, options.

P.S. -Related: tips and tricks I've learned when doing a full manual restore of OS X gdgt.com­/question­/opinions­-on­-using­-migration­-assi...
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majik

I have used phoneview many times. It's the go to app for when I need to be sure all the data is backed up.
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elijah

iPhone backup extractor is a good way to grab files off of the backup and then transfer them back into the iOS respective folders once connected and browsed through the file system. I too just started over again but miss the SMS that I had before. Huge file!
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ryan

Hunting around a little while ago, iExplorer (formerly iPhone Explorer) seems pretty promising: www.macroplant.com­/iexplorer/ (Looks like the guide Duddy surfaced seems to recommend it as well.) Anyone have experience with it?
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RohitK

If you aren't averse to jailbreaking, you can easily grab the sms database and the call log as well through iFunBox (www.ifunbox.com). Really painless.
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Donnalewis

iTunes Data Recovery is the best tool to extract iTunes backup file to your computer, learn

more from here: www.any­-data­-recovery.com­/product­/itunes­-data­-reco...

You also can use iPhone Data Recovery to backup files from iPhone directly
www.any­-data­-recovery.com­/product­/iphone­-data­-reco...
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thinkmac

I wrote up a little something about backing up and restoring a couple of weeks ago.
Restore Data, Pictures, and more from iOS Apps
www.thinkmac.net­/blogs­/2011­/9­/27­/restore­-data­-pict...
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mark

Per majik, PhoneView is the best option with a lot of flexibility.
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Duddy

I found this for backing up app data so you don't have to play through Angry Birds again.

isource.com­/2010­/10­/13­/how­-to­-recover­-iphone­-app­-d...
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juniortechie

Jailbreaking is your best bet, if you dont want to pay money
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Mikey1

I've used TouchCopy lots of times to backup my iPhone call logs, SMS and essentially all other iPhone content including my music. It hasn't let me down so far. See here
www.wideanglesoftware.com­/touchcopy/
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eciliarice

MyJad iTunes Backup Extractor is a powerful software specially designed for iTunes backup file recovery. The software enables you to extract and recover lost or deleted photos, videos, contacts, SMS/MMS, call records, voicememos, calendars, notes and Safari bookmarks from unreadble (.sqlitedb) file. What's more, it is compatible with all types of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Read more:

www.myjad.com­/itunes­-backup­-extractor.html

www.myjad.com­/recover­-iphone­-data.html
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Colton3310

Hi, Kvisoft iPhone data recovery for Mac can help you recover lost data on your iPhone. You can learn the guide from here: www.kvisoft.com­/iphone­-data­-recovery­-mac/
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manmiantaohua

Well, as to recover deleted text messages from iPhone, I also get an efficient iPhone data recovery which can safely and easily recover deleted SMS on iPhone as well as recovering other data like photos, call logs, contacts, and more. See a detailed guide here: xavc­-to­-fcp­-converter.jimdo.com­/2013­/08­/24­/how­-to­-...
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kaveri90

Recently I Have used SMS Export Plus from app store to backup my old iPhone text messages. It is super easy and now I have all my old messages in Excel file. you can see app here : https:­/­/itunes.apple.com­/us­/app­/sms­-export­-plus­-ba...
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Julias

I used iAny Manager (Get it from www.any­-data­-recovery.com­/product­/iphone­-ipad­-ipod... )- the best iOS device data managerment tool which enable to backup all the files on iPhone easily.

Besides, if you have many sms messages which means a lot to you, you can follow this Facebook www.facebook.com­/iPhoneTextMessageRecovery which introduce some important tricks about iPhone text message recovery and iPhone texts backup.
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