How to Transfer Messages from Android to iPhone 12/13

When you switch to a new iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 from the old Android phone, the most troublesome thing is to transfer data, especially messages from Android to iPhone. Don’t worry, you can find the solutions in this guide.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 18, 2021

We all know that exporting data from an old phone to a new phone is a headache. Especially in the information age, smartphones store a lot of important data, such as messages, which are equivalent to a miniature mobile computer.

While it becomes tedious work when it comes to two phones with different operating systems just like transfer messages from Android to iOS devices. This article explains how to transfer messages from Android phones to the new iPhone 12/13 in 6 ways.

Transfer Android Messages with Move to iOS App

The first way to transfer text messages from Android to iPhone is using the Apple official app “Move to iOS“. With this app, you can transfer important data such as email accounts, web bookmarks, contacts, messages, and media files, etc. But there are some prerequisites that you have to fulfill before you can transfer SMS from Android to iPhone.

Transfer Data with Move to iOS

Transfer Data with Move to iOS

To use this app for free, your Android phone needs to run Android 4.0 or later. A steady Wi-Fi network is also needed. And do note that you can only use the app to handle the text transferring when you are setting up your iPhone. If you’ve already used your iPhone, you’ll need to erase it and set it up again. You may follow the instructions below.

  1. Turn on the new iPhone, begin the normal setup process. When you reach the “Apps & Data” screen, select “Move Data from Android”. Then you’ll see a ten-digit code on the screen.
  2. On your Android device, install the Move to iOS app from Play Store. Launch the app and tap “Continue”. On the “Find Your Code” screen, enter the code displayed on the iPhone.
  3. On the “Transfer Data” screen, choose “Messages” and tap “Next” to start transferring.

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Transfer Messages to iPhone 12/13 with AnyTrans

Since Move to iOS can only transfer Android messages when you first set up your iPhone, if you want to move messages to an already in-use iPhone, it is useless. In this case, AnyTrans can meet your demand.

AnyTrans is an all-in-one manager for your iPhone, iPad, iPod, iTunes, and iCloud content. With this app, you can transfer, manage, and back up iOS data with ease. More importantly, it supports cross-platform data migration. Only simple clicks are needed for it to transfer Android messages to your iPhone.

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Main Features of AnyTrans:

  • Transfer data at any time, not just when you first set up your iPhone;
  • No need to factory reset the iPhone before migration if it is already in use;
  • No overwriting of existing data on iPhone;
  • Connect Android phone and iPhone with USB, makes transferring process quicker;
  • Transfer with WiFi, you can transfer data when you do not possess USB cables.

Steps to move text messages from Android to iPhone with AnyTrans:

Step 1. Download AnyTrans on your PC/Mac, and launch it to connect both your Android phone and iPhone.

Step 2. When your devices are detected, choose “Phone Switcher”, tap on the “Phone to iPhone” button, and click “Migrate Now” to start transferring.

Transfer Messages from Android to iPhone via AnyTrans

Transfer Messages from Android to iPhone via AnyTrans

Step 3. Choose the source phone(Android) and target phone(iPhone), click the “Next” button to continue.

Confirm Source and Target Devices

Confirm Source and Target Devices

Step 4. Choose “Messages”, and click the “Next” button to start the transferring process. If you want to transfer other data, just choose that category and click “Next”.

Select Messages to Transfer

Select Messages to Transfer

Transfer Messages from Android to iPhone via Email

Email your messages from an Android phone to the iPhone is an easy way for those people that have only several messages to transfer. But it is a time-consuming task if there are lots of messages that need to be transferred. What you should know is that you can only move or send one message at one time. Just follow the detailed steps below to transfer messages from Android to iPhone via Email:

Step 1. Open the message app on your Android phone and tap one message that you want to move.

Step 2. Hold this message for two seconds until you see the more options shows as the picture below > Tap on Share option.

 

Long Press and Choose Share

Long Press and Choose Share

Step 3. Then, choose the “Gmail” option > Choose or tap in your email address and click on send.

Email Android Message to iPhone

Email Android Message to iPhone

Step 4. Log into your Gmail address on your new iPhone 12 and then you can review the messages that you just sent and download or copy it to your iPhone.

Transfer Messages with SMS Backup & Restore

Since iPhone and Android phones are based on different systems, it is not possible to transfer data between them directly. Instead, you may employ the SMS Backup & Restore app to sync messages to your Gmail account over the web, then access the saved messages file on your iPhone.

Transfer Messages with SMS Backup and Restore

Transfer Messages with SMS Backup and Restore

After syncing, you can view Android messages by signing in to the same account or by using some program that can read them. Download SMS Backup & Restore on your Android phone from Google Play, and follow the guide below to add Android text messages from Gmail to iPhone.

  1. Transfer Messages with SMS Backup & Restore
  2. Install and launch SMS Backup & Restore app.
  3. Tap the “Backup” button, and then tap the checkbox next to “Text Messages”.
  4. Scroll down and choose “Google Drive” under “Backup Location”. Enter the login information and tap the “Save” button.
  5. Tap “Back Up Now” on the bottom and Android messages will be saved to Gmail as an XML file.

Now, you can set up a Gmail account on your iPhone and access the messages transferred from Android.

Further Reading: Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud >

Migrate Messages with Send Anywhere

There is another app that can move messages from Android to iPhone, it is called Send Anywhere. This app is available on both Android and iOS devices. Since the app supports a cross-platform transfer of data, you can easily download it respectively from Google Play Store and App Store to your Android phone and iPhone.

Migrate Messages with Send Anywhere

Migrate Messages with Send Anywhere

After that, just connect both the devices with the same WiFi. And it can transfer text messages from Android to iPhone and can also move your photos, videos, and contacts as well. Follow the tutorial below and start exporting Android messages to iPhone.

  1. Download this Send Anywhere app from the Play Store and App Store and install it on your two phones. After that, you need to launch it and permit it permission to access your device storage.
  2. Once you launch the app, mark both the devices as either the Sender (Android) or the Receiver (iPhone). Subsequently, connect your two phones wirelessly through the same WiFi.
  3. When the app asks you what data you wish to transfer from your Android to iPhone, select the “Messages” option and start the migration. You can choose to move your photos, videos, and other media files as well.
  4. Here, a one-time generated code will be displayed on the Android screen, you’ll need to enter it on your iPhone to verify the connection.
  5. Lastly, tap on the “Upload” button and start moving your message data from your Android to your iPhone.

Use PhoneTrans to Transfer Android Messages to iPhone

As its name indicated, PhoneTrans is a phone data transferer, which can switch across iPhone, iPad, and 20,000+ Android devices freely. It bridges the gap between iOS and Android systems and makes it one-click easy to transfer messages freely from Android phones to iPhone.

Features of PhoneTrans:

  • Transfer messages from Android to iPhone and migrate contacts, photos, music, WhatsApp messages etc.;
  • No data will be wiped during the transfer process, your original and new data are all safe;
  • All data supported can be transferred from Android to iPhone and vice versa;
  • Migrate with simple clicks, it is friendly to novices.

Steps to move text messages from Android to iPhone with PhoneTrans:

Step 1. Download PhoneTrans and launch it on your computer. Connect your Android and iPhone to the computer.

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Step 2. You need to firstly backup your Android messages with PhoneTrans, and then restore the message to your iPhone (No data erase). Choose “Phone Backup” >”Selectively Backup” > Click “Back Up” > Choose “Messages” > Click “Back Up Now”.

Backup Android Messages

Backup Android Messages

Step 3. Go to “Phone Restore”, click “PhoneTrans Backup”, and select the backup you just made with PhoneTrans.

PhoneTrans - Extract Android Backups

PhoneTrans – Extract Android Backups

Step 4. Choose “Messages” > “Confirm your iPhone” > Click “Restore Now”. Wait for messages to transfer to your iPhone.

Choose Messages to Restore

Choose Messages to Restore

The Bottom Line

All the methods above can help you transfer messages from Android to iPhone 12/13 with few clicks. However, some of them have limits. For example, Move to iOS can transfer messages from Android to iPhone only when you first set up this iPhone. Among the other four applications, AnyTrans and PhoneTrans are more comprehensive. Download AnyTrans or PhoneTrans that can transfer data on both iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 now and start move messages to your new iPhone!

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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