How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes/iCloud

Wonder how to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes or iCloud? Check this complete guide for every single detail about transferring messages from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes and iCloud, respectively. But also providing an iTunes/iCloud alternative to transfer iPhone messages without data erasing like iTunes/iCloud.

By Stephen Wilson | Posted: Apr. 18, 2018, Last Updated: Apr. 18, 2018
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iTunes and iCloud can do much more than you can imagine, to manage your iPhone X/8/7/6s/6 data very well. iTunes can backup most of your iOS data in case of its loss, sync iTunes purchased songs to iPhone, etc. iCloud is able to sync photos, contacts, notes, and more between iPhone devices, and also backup data to iCloud server for data security.

But one of their glaring omissions, which both of them have, is their unfriendly interface. Many iPhone users, especially the newbies, have no idea of how to use them to manage their iPhone devices. So for kindness to you and enthusiasm for iOS, we are always by your side to solve such annoying issues.

And in this guide, we will show you every single step about how to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes and iCloud. But also including another one better way to get this job done. Check them now.

Before we head to the detailed steps to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes/iCloud, we need to tell you firstly that both ways require your destination device being reset firstly. This would lead to the existed data on the destination iPhone will be erased. If this is not what you want, you can directly move to Part 3 for a better choice.

Part 1. How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Since iTunes can only sync music, video, tones to iPhone, so to achieve the mission of transferring messages from one iPhone to another, you need its feature of backing up. And here are the steps below:

Step 1Connect both iPhone device to iTunes > Click the device icon, and it will you both > Choose the source device.

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes -Step 1

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes -Step 1

Step 2Choose Back Up Now button to start backing up your iPhone; If you have backed up your iPhone before, and the backup file including what you want, you have no need to back it up again.

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes -Step 2

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes -Step 2

Step 3After the source device has been backed up, you can click the device icon and choose the destination device > Then choose Restore Backup button to recover the whole backup files to your iPhone.

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes -Step 3

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes -Step 3

So as for iTunes way, there are two obvious shortcomings:

  1. It backs up the whole device, and restore the whole backup file to iPhone. You have no choice of which data type to be recovered to iPhone.
  2. The restoring process will erase the whole destination device firstly, and then replace it with the backup files.

If you don’t really want the existed data on iPhone to be erased, and just transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone, we sincerely recommend you taking Part 3  as the best choice.

Part 2. How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

Couple days ago, there comes a rumor that Message in iCloud feature may be released in iOS 11.4. And then you can sync messages between iPhone devices. However, at present, you have the only iCloud backup feature to enable you to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone.

Step 1On your source iPhone, you just need to back it up: Tap your Apple account in Settings > Choose iCloud > Select iCloud Backup option to start backing up.

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud -Step 1

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud -Step 1

Step 2After the source device has been backed up, on your destination iPhone (If it is not a totally new device), Tap General in Settings > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > And then set it up, and choose Restore from iCloud Backup option to achieve the goal of transferring messages from iPhone to iPhone; While if your iPhone is totally new, you have no need to reset it at all.

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud -Step 2

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud -Step 2

Just like iTunes way, there are also two major disadvantages that iCloud has:

  1. It backs up the whole device, and restore the whole backup file to iPhone. You have no choice of which data type to be recovered to iPhone.
  2. The restoring process will erase the whole destination device firstly, and then replace it with the backup files.

If you don’t really want the existed data on iPhone to be erased, and just transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone, we sincerely recommend you taking Part 3  as the best choice.

Part 3. Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with An iTunes/iCloud Alternative

To avoid the drawbacks of iTunes and iCloud ways, you can choose another more professional iOS data managing tool to help you with this job. Here we recommend you the best – AnyTrans for iOS.

  1. AnyTrans for iOS will not require you to erase any data on iPhone. 100% guarantee for data security.
  2. AnyTrans for iOS enables you to transfer only messages from iPhone to iPhone.
  3. Support all kinds of messages: text messages, SMS, iMessages, and including their attachments: photos and videos.

Why not free download it now, and follow the detailed steps below to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone more easily?

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Step 1Run AnyTrans for iOS on your PC/Mac > Connect both iPhone devices to it > Choose Device Manager tab > Select Merge Device.

Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with An iTunes/iCloud Alternative - Step 1

Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with An iTunes/iCloud Alternative – Step 1

Step 2Select Messages >Click the right arrow to start transferring.

Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with An iTunes/iCloud Alternative - Step 2

Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with An iTunes/iCloud Alternative – Step 2

The Bottom Line

These are all detailed steps for how to transfer from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes/iCloud. But compared to both of them, AnyTrans for iOS is much powerful. For your data security, AnyTrans for iOS would be a better choice. Why not free download and give AnyTrans for iOS a trial now? If you have any question about AnyTrans for iOS, you can contact us via email, and we will answer you as soon as possible.

Stephen Wilson

Member of @iMobie_Inc., a die-hard fan of Apple and MOBA games, is always passionate about offering and sharing solutions to any Apple related problems, as well as Android.

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