spotlight search: determining which sms are current

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    Posted: 17 September 2013 09:28 AM

    Hi there, doing a bit of PI work on my son (trying to get him to stop hanging out with particular bad influences) he is still texting certain banned friends then deleting the messages! i can bring up a spotlight search of text messages, both current and deleted but with no dates attached to the limited text visible…. I am loathe to give another lecture! doenst seem to be sorted by date as ive played around with my own messages. SO my Q is:  (re iphone 4s with IOS 6+) how long do the deleted messages stay on the spotlight search for? and how are the messages sorted when a search is done ? and what is the formula for working out which messages are most current? wink

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    Posted: 02 October 2013 11:54 AM #1

    Interesting question and… I don’t know, either. The internals of spotlight are a format that I can’t suss out (I thought it would be SQLite, but it’s not). I’m not sure there’s an easy answer here, unfortunately.


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