Access & read iPhone SMS backup

Here is a guide to access & read iPhone SMS backup.

First, in order to have the most updated SMS backup, you must first sync the iPhone. Just plug your iPhone to your computer, open iTunes, navigate to your device page, click Sync.

Then, you have to locate where the backup is.
For Windows, it is at:
%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
where %APPDATA% means different in different Windows operating system version:
Windows XP:
%APPDATA% = C:\Documents and Settings\[your username]\Application Data\
Windows Vista:
%APPDATA% = C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Roaming
Windows 7:
C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
Hint: to navigate to the folder, you can just copy the bold link to Start > Run…
For Mac, it is at:
~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
where ~ represents your home directory

You will see a folder there. Open the folder and look for a file:

Copy to your desktop and open with SQLite editor. There is a good cross-platform SQLite editor in Firefox Extension, which can be found here . The best thing to use a SQLite editor is that you can query through the file and filter what you want to search for.

p.s. the backup can also be opened in standard text editor, such as Notepad++ or TextWrangler.

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Monster Hunter will be on iDevices in June

Monster Hunter will release its next version in iOS , iPhone & iPod Touch . The game title is called “Monster Hunter – Dynamic Hunting” ( モンスターハンター Dynamic Hunting ) and the game is in Japanese . It will be available in June 2011 . Here is the gameplay trailer :

Be sure to look into Famitsu’s link too !

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Perfect (untethered) Jailbreak available for iOS 4.3.2

Untethered jailbreak is available for iOS 4.3.2 (all iOS 4.3.2 supported devices except for iPad 2).

Supported device list

  • iPhone 4 (GSM)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad
  • iPod Touch 3G
  • iPod Touch 4G

To perform an untethered jailbreak , follow the steps below :

  1. Backup your iDevice through iTunes ( right click your iDevice name appearing in iTunes , choose Backup )
  2. Download redsn0w [ Windows ] [ Mac OS X ]
  3. Update your iDevice to official iOS 4.3.2 firmware via iTunes
  4. Download iOS 4.3.2 official IPSW here
  5. Close iTunes , launch redsn0w
  6. In step 1, browse for the IPSW downloaded in step 4 , click Next
  7. In step 2, leave it default and click Next
  8. In step 3, make sure your iDevice is plugged into computer via USB and turn it off, click Install
  9. In step 4, follow on-screen instructions to enter DFU mode
  10. Done.

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Apple iOS firmwares (IPSW) – Official Direct Download Links

Here is a list of Apple iOS firmware (IPSW) official direct download links . We are actively updating the links . Links for iOS 4.3.1 , 4.2 and lower, as well as old iPods’ firmwares, are coming soon .

How to restore / update firmware of your “iDevice”?
After downloading the desired firmware below, you can shift-click (PC) or option-click (Mac) the Restore or Update buttons in iTunes. A file dialog will open and let you choose the downloaded ipsw-file. (Your browser may change the ipsw-file into a zip-file. In that case, just rename it to end in .ipsw and iTunes will accept it.)

iOS 4.3.3

New feature: None (mainly bugfix)
Note: for iPhone 4 (CDMA model), the version is named as 4.2.8

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi model) iPad2,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (GSM model) iPad2,2_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (CDMA model) iPad2,2_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPad 1 iPad1,1_4.3.3_8J3_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 4G iPod4,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 3G iPod3,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (CDMA model) iPhone3,3_4.2.8_8E401_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (GSM model) iPhone3,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3GS iPhone2,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw

iOS 4.3.2

New feature: None (mainly bugfix)
Note: this version is not available to iPhone 4 (CDMA model)

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi model) iPad2,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (GSM model) iPad2,2_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (CDMA model) iPad2,3_4.3.2_8H8_Restore.ipsw
iPad (8F190) iPad1,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iPad (8H7) iPad1,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 4G iPod4,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 3G iPod3,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (GSM model) iPhone3,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3GS iPhone2,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw

iOS 4.3.1

New feature: None (mainly bugfix)
Note: this version is not available to iPhone 4 (Verizon model)

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi model) iPad2,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (CDMA model) iPad2,3_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (GSM model) iPad2,2_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPad iPad1,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 4G iPod4,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 3G iPod3,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (GSM model) iPhone3,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3GS iPhone2,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw

iOS 4.3

New feature: Personal Hotspot

iPad 2 (GSM) iPad2,2_4.3_8F191_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (CDMA) iPad2,3_4.3_8F191_Restore.ipsw
iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) iPad2,1_4.3_8F191_Restore.ipsw
iPad iPad1,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 4G iPod4,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 3G iPod3,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (GSM) iPhone3,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3GS iPhone2,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
Apple TV 2G (8F191m) AppleTV2,1_4.3_8F191m_Restore.ipsw
Apple TV 2G (8F202) AppleTV2,1_4.3_8F202_Restore.ipsw

iOS 4.2.1

New feature: Bugfix
Note: last firmware for iPod Touch 2G & iPhone 3G

iPad iPad1,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 4G iPod4,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 3G iPod3,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
iPod Touch 2G iPod2,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 4 (GSM) iPhone3,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3GS iPhone2,1_4.2.1_8C148a_Restore.ipsw
iPhone 3G iPhone1,2_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
Apple TV 2G (8C154) AppleTV2,1_4.2.1_8C154_Restore.ipsw

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iOS 4.3.2 Software Update

This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused blank or frozen video during a FaceTime call
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks on iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Contains the latest security updates

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 4 (GSM model)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

* i.e. not for iPhone 2G, 3G, iPhone 4 (Verizon model)

The update is available via iTunes. Plug in your phone / iPod / iPad , you will be notified to download & update your iDevice. For jailbreakers, only tethered jailbreak is available, but according to hackers, untethered jailbreak (perfect jailbreak) is available here .

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iOS 4.3.1 Jailbreak now available

At last , untethered jailbreak of iOS 4.3.1 is now available for iPhone 3GS , iPhone 4 , iPod Touch , iPad & Apple TV 2G ( not for iPad 2 yet ) . Please be noted that iOS 4.3.1 is NOT available for iPhone 4 (Verizon) .

Note & Warning : if you rely on ultrasn0w to unlock your phone , please hold . redsn0w can’t help unlocking phone .

Good news for jailbreaker. You can now enjoy the freedom air of jailbreak world again. To jailbreak iOS 4.3.1, follow the steps below:

  1. Download redsn0w 0.9.6rc9 [ Mac ] [ Windows ]
    Apple TV users please use PwnageTool 4.3 [ Mac Torrent ] [ Mac ]
  2. Upgrade your iDevice to official iOS 4.3.1 via iTunes
  3. After upgrade, close iTunes & launch redsn0w
    ( keep your iPhone connected )
  4. Download iOS 4.3.1 official firmware IPSW here :
    [ iPhone 3GS ] [ iPhone 4 (GSM) ] [ iPad 1 ]
    [ iPod Touch 3G ] [ iPod Touch 4G ]
  5. Click Browse in redsn0w, then select the downloaded firmware
  6. Click Next to select options ( recommended to leave it default )
  7. Click Next .
  8. Turn off your iPhone
  9. Click Next and follow on-screen instructions to enter DFU mode
  10. Wait for jailbreak and all set ( it will take about 5 minutes to finish )

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Ultimate solution to iPhone 4 time “Set Automatically wrong” bug

Have your iPhone 4 ever tried to have wrong time , even you configure to use “Settings > General > Date & Time > Set Automatically > ON” ?

Here is an ultimate solution. Geeks only.
Tools needed : a computer ( Mac / Linux / Windows ) + Jailbroken iPhone

  1. Install OpenSSH via Cydia
  2. Reboot your iPhone ( by default , SSH is turned on when the phone is starting up )
  3. Turn on your Wi-Fi as well
  4. Open up your Terminal (Mac), Command Shell (Linux) or Putty (Windows)
  5. Issue this command : ssh root@{ your iPhone’s IP }
    if the IP is, the command will be: ssh root@
  6. Wait 30 seconds for 1st-time connection, you will be asked if you want to store the iPhone’s host information, type: yes
  7. Then, to view current time, use this command : date
    The output will be similar to : Thu Mar 31 20:30:30 HKT 2011
  8. Change to desired time via this command : date -s ‘{ new date }’
    If the desired time is : 2011-3-31 21:30:30, the command will be:
    date -s ‘Mar 31 21:30:30 HKT 2011′ ( don’t forget the quotes )
  9. That’s it . Type exit to leave iPhone’s SSH session.

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