How to Retrieve Text Messages From a SIM Card

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Retrieving text messages from a SIM card is something that is very difficult to do. Retrieve text messages from a SIM card with help from an experienced Apple retail professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I’m Skylar. Recently I was asked the question: How do I retrieve my text messages from SIM card? Well, I had to dive in and explain a few things on that one. A SIM card is not designed to store information. That said, they generally can store a small number of Contacts and older iPhones did use them in order to store your Contacts and that's why sometimes you can transfer your Contacts to a SIM and then from the SIM to a new phone. But what does SIM even mean? SIM is an acronym that stands for Subscriber Identity Module. That's the primary purpose of a SIM card, is to identify the device, your phone, that's trying to access the network, say AT&T's network or T-Mobile's or whatever. So right there is an indication that it's not a device intending to store large amounts of data. Text messages on iPhone are just text files. They're very small but when you think about how many text messages you've exchanged and how deep your history is with each of your contacts, plus the fact that you've probably sent pictures or videos at some point. Well, what you start to realize is that this little tiny thing, a Subscriber Identity Module is not going to hold all of that data. That's what iPhone engineers figured out very, very early on. That they were going to use the technology of iPod in order to store all that information on local iPhone memory. The best way that I've come across so far to extract text messages from an iPhone to save your history of a conversation with someone, is through a utility you can download from the Internet called iPhone Backup Extractor. Now if you've created a backup through iTunes on your computer and you download Backup Extractor you can use it to reach into that backup file and pull out all of your SMS messages, so that you can look at them later or archive them just in case you really want to keep them for sentimental purposes or for legal purposes, or what have you. But remember that one, it's call Backup Extractor and as long as you've got a backup stored locally on your computer through iTunes, you'll be able to use it in order to get all those text messages. Thanks for watching. I’m Skylar.

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