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    backup iMessages on Time Machine?
    is there a way to include iMessages in Time Machine backups? Or another way to backup iMessages? I run Carbonite and they told me I would have to export the messages to a Desktop folder and then include that folder with Carbonite. But I cannot figure out a way to export iMessages.

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    As far as I know there is no built-in way of exporting messages from iMessage. That data is stored on the iCloud servers and should be restorable from there. If you want to export the messages to PDF or something else you'll have to use 3rd party software to do that.
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    backup iMessages on Time Machine?
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    Aren't the text messages part of your providers service? They may have a way for you to get a copy, if that's what you're looking for?
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    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    As far as I know there is no built-in way of exporting messages from iMessage. That data is stored on the iCloud servers and should be restorable from there. If you want to export the messages to PDF or something else you'll have to use 3rd party software to do that.

    I turned on Messages in iCloud. Now the Messages App is saved in iCloud and Messages are being saved there. But all you can do with it is Download it. And if I delete a Message it is gone from the backup / download from iCloud. So I still cannot come up with a way to permanently backup Messages

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Aren't the text messages part of your providers service? They may have a way for you to get a copy, if that's what you're looking for?
    No, I'm using Carbonite and there is no way to include Messages in the Carbonite backup. They told me to save the Messages in a Desktop folder. But there is no way to export Messages to a folder. And I also use Time Machine to an external HD and I do not see a way to recover backed up Messages from Time Machine. Apparently TM does not backup iMessages.

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    backup iMessages on Time Machine?
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    And I also use Time Machine to an external HD and I do not see a way to recover backed up Messages from Time Machine. Apparently TM does not backup iMessages.
    Try this to see if it works: Open your Messages app and keep it open. Enter Time Machine and chose a date. See if Messages show up and can be recovered. You'll likely have to restore all at once since they are stored in a DB format.

    The best way to recover messages is to use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper to make backups.

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