‘Tis The Season

December 13, 2012 § 3 Comments

Yesterday morning in my inbox :

Hi Mike, You don’t know me, and you’ll almost certainly never meet me, but I want to thank you. I want to thank you for this: http://mikereys.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/iphone-backup-restoring-visual-voice-mail/ On July 28, 2010, my mother left me a voicemail singing Happy Birthday, on my 26th birthday. In October, 2010, I upgraded my iPhone from a 3GS to a 4. And on April 29, 2011, my mother passed away, at 63, from ovarian cancer. How bad does that suck? Fast forward a year or so — I was tinkering with jailbreaking my old iPhone, and managed to mess it up to the point where I had to restore it from backup. What I did not realize was that this would effectively wipe all of the old voicemails from the phone — seemingly of minor consequence, but I was pretty crushed when I discovered that this, among the last recordings I’ll ever have of my mother’s voice, was possibly gone forever. Today, I finally decided to try (and in all likelihood, fail) to recover the message. Thanks to your blog post and a little bit of handiwork of my own in restoring the laptop I used to sync the 3GS to, I was successful. I found a link to the post on a page where several others described similar stories — that one message from a deceased friend, parent, child, sibling, that they desperately want to retrieve. When you wrote that post, perhaps you were simply exposing one of the iPhone’s little secrets, geeking out on demonstrating what can be done when digging into the Core of the Apple (as a lifelong Apple user who works in software, I get it). You may not have realized that this is, apparently, a common reason that people want to recover deleted or lost voicemails. So Mike… Thank you. I literally cried when I heard the message. And I can’t tell you how happy I am to know that I can listen to it every year as a reminder of my mother. I can send it to my brother and my dad on their birthdays, too. I hope this doesn’t come off too sappy and ridiculous, but I owe you a huge debt — and so do at least a handful of others who have recovered their loved ones’ messages as well. All the best, CB

My intentions were indeed geeky, and i hoped I’d help someone… but this wasn’t what I’d anticipated.

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§ 3 Responses to ‘Tis The Season

  • Pam says:

    I’m stuck at this:

    change to that directory by typing
    cd [name of directory]

    My computer spits out the following…what do i put after cd and do i need the brackets?

    pam-gonzalezs-macbook:MobileSync Pam$ ls -l
    total 0
    drwxr-xr-x 6 Pam staff 204 Jan 7 2012 Backup

    Really appreciate your help and Happy Holidays!

  • Curious says:

    Thanks for the great article. I’ve made progress and feel close, but I’m stuck. Please help!

    My backups are located in a different path than what you listed in the article. Mine has an “Apple” folder that I can’t “CD” into for some reason. So, I copied the entire backup directory to one that I could find in the terminal. I don’t know if that’s a problem or not.

    After I found the directory that contains my backup, I typed in the long command you listed (i.e., starting with “for file in `for blah in *”), but it only says “file was unexpected at this time” and does nothing.

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