Moving to a new phone means migrating all your data from your old phone to the new one. If you have bought a new Android phone, you will want to learn how you can transfer text messages from an iPhone to Android. This guide shows how to do just that using various methods.
Buying a phone of your dream is an exciting thing to do, and the event becomes even more special if you buy a phone that runs a different operating system than your current phone. This includes buying an Android phone if you already have an iPhone. When you do that, the first thing you will find yourself doing is transferring data from your old phone to the new one.
While some popular content like photos and videos can be transferred using various tools out there, transferring SMS from iPhone to Android may not be that easy. However, that is not to say there are no methods to do this. There are actually several methods available to transfer messages from iPhone to Android and this guide covers those methods for you.
One of the main drawbacks of using an iOS-based device like an iPhone is that you cannot transfer many types of files from your device over to an Android phone. This is because both operating systems use different file structures and the files stored on one phone will not work on another.
Therefore, in order to transfer the text messages on your iPhone to an Android device, a computer is necessary. This will then allow you to export messages from your iPhone, save them to your computer, and then transfer them to your Android-based phone. This means you will need a computer to do this procedure.
Basically, what this involves doing is creating a backup of your iPhone, extracting the SMS from the backup, and loading those extracted messages on your Android phone. The following should teach you how to do that.
Step 1. Launch the iTunes or Finder app on your computer > connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.
Step 2. Click on the Summary in the left sidebar and choose Back Up Now on the right-hand side pane. This will create a full backup of your iPhone.
Step 3. Once a backup has been created, head to the following path using file explorer.
Windows – \Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Mac – ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
Step 4. Find the file named 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 and copy it to your Android phone.
You can then launch this file on your Android device and it will restore all your iPhone messages on your Android phone.
Since there are not many official convenient methods available to transfer text messages from iPhone to Android, there have been some third-party apps to help you migrate messages from your iOS device to an Android device. iSMS2droid is one of these apps that helps you move your messages from one device to another.
The way the app works is completely different than the others. While most data transfer apps rely on syncing or copying files, this app actually works with your iPhone’s backups and then lets you import and save messages to your Android device. It basically means extracting messages from your iPhone backup and restoring them on your Android phone.
You do not need to do anything manually with regard to importing messages as the app has a nice wizard-style interface to help you with the messages import process. If you are not sure about how to use this app, the following steps should help you out.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch the iTunes > choose the Summary tab and click on Back Up Now to create a backup of your iPhone. Make sure not to encrypt your backup or this method will not work for you.
Step 2. Head to the following path on your computer and copy the file named 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 to your Android device.
Windows – C:\Users[username]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
Mac – ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
Step 3. Download and open the iSMS2droid on your phone. Tap on the option that says Import Messages.
Step 4. Select the file you recently copied to your phone and tap on Import All to transfer all your iPhone messages to your Android device.
The messages should now be restored on your Android phone. You can verify this for yourself by opening the Messages app on your device.
If your newly bought Android device is from one of the phone manufacturers that have their own data transfer apps, you can use those exclusive apps to transfer SMS from your iPhone to your Android device. Not all the Android devices out there have these apps available for them.
Two of the popular Android phone makers namely Samsung and Google have apps available for their phones to help you migrate your data. Google has a built-in features on their Pixel phones to help you fetch data from your iPhone whereas Samsung has an installable app that you can use to move data from iOS to your new Samsung Android device.
The following should teach you how you can use both these apps on your phones to copy text messages from iPhone to Android.
Step 1. Start setting up your new Pixel phone by tapping on Start when you boot it up for the first time.
Step 2. Connect to a WiFi network and then connect to your iPhone using a cable.
Step 3. Log-in to your Google account on your Pixel phone and continue.
Step 4. Your phone will now ask what you want to transfer from your iPhone. Checkmark the option that says SMS messages and taps on Copy at the lower-right corner.
Your chosen data will be available on your Pixel phone.
Step 1. Launch the Smart Switch on your Samsung phone and select Receive data.
Step 2. Choose Cable on the following screen as you will be copying your messages via a cable.
Step 3. Connect your Samsung phone to your iPhone via a cable. Tap on Trust on your iPhone.
Step 4. Checkmark the Messages option on your Samsung device and it will start copying your text messages from your iPhone to your Samsung phone.
All of your iPhone’s messages should now be available on your Samsung device.
To transfer text messages from iPhone to Android quickly and easily, we highly recommend third-party software – AnyTrans for Android. Why?
Step 1. Download and install AnyTrans for Android to your Windows/Mac computer > Connect both your iPhone and Android phones to the computer via USB cables > Choose Android Mover and click iOS to Android.
Step 2. Choose the Messages icon on the category page.
Step 3. Click the Next button to start the transferring process. The time it spends depends on the number of your messages, please wait with patience.
If you ever switch from an iPhone to Android, you do not need to worry about your iPhone’s messages. Those messages can be easily transferred to your new Android device using several methods available out there. We hope our guide helps make your migration process easier and smoother.
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