How to Transfer Messages/iMessages from iPhone to New iPhone

Don’t know how to transfer text messages from old iPhone to new iPhone 7/8/X/XR/XS (Max)? This article is intended to show you 4 simple ways to transfer text messages/iMessages from iPhone to iPhone. Keep reading on this post to learn more.

Roger Smith Posted on: Aug. 31, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 12, 2019
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Q: “I have a brand-new iPhone XS. Can I transfer text messages from iPhone 6 to iPhone XS, because I don’t want to lose the text messages? Is it possible to transfer only messages instead of the whole backing up and restoring process?” Thanks for sharing.

When you get a new iPhone, the first thing you need to do is to transfer data from the old iPhone to the new one, and of course, the text messages or iMessages are always something you don’t want to leave behind.

How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone

How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone

In this tutorial, we will share with you the most practical and easiest way to transfer text messages from iPhone to iPhone. In case some of you prefer the traditional iTunes or iCloud way to do the task, we will also show you the detailed steps to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud & iTunes. Now, just read on and adopt one method catering to your needs most.

Method 1. Transfer iPhone Messages without iCloud/iTunes

To transfer messages to the new iPhone, certainly iTunes or iCloud, and then restore your new iPhone from the backup. However, not only messages but all other data will also be transferred to the new iPhone. Additionally, there is also a great chance that you may suffer from the risk of data loss. If you prefer a time-saving way to transfer only messages from iPhone to iPhone without data loss, here’s the way to go – AnyTrans for iOS. Why?

AnyTrans for iOS – iPhone Message Transfer

  • Transfer over 2000 messages within 32 SECONDS.
  • Transfer all messages like SMS, iMessages, message attachment, etc.
  • No harm to the existing content. No need to erase anything.
  • Work well with all iPhone models as well as iOS systems.

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Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

It also supports users to transfer other 20+ iOS data types from iPhone to iPhone, such as contacts, songs, voice memos, photos, notes, etc. You can also transfer text messages from iPhone to your PC/Mac computer in the viewable formats of .pdf, .html, .txt. Here is a video tutorial about transferring iPhone messages with AnyTrans.

[Video Tutorial] Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with AnyTrans

Now, Free Download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer firstly, then follow the simple steps below to copy messages from iPhone to iPhone in minutes.

Step 1. Connect your two iPhones.

Launch AnyTrans for iOS > Connect your two iPhones to computer with USB cables. AnyTrans for iOS will detect the two devices automatically > Click the “Phone Switcher” button.

Enter Phone Switch Part on the Main Interface

Enter Phone Switch Part on the Main Interface

Step 2. Choose the target device.

Make sure the transferring is correct by checking the target device (the right one). And then click “Next” on the right.

Confirm Target Device and Source Device

Confirm Target Device and Source Device

Step 3. Transfer messages to the new iPhone.

Choose Message among various types of data, and click “Next” to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone.

Choose Message and Click Next to Proceed

Choose Message and Click Next to Proceed

It might take a while to finish this transferring process, please be patient and never unplug your device.

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

For iPhone users, iCloud is the most convenient and most used cloud service to backup iPhone contents in case of any potential data loss. Except for making iPhone backups, iCloud also can be used to transfer or move data from one iPhone to another. The messages, including text messages and iMessages, are all included. Next, we will show you how to transfer text messages and iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud backup.

1. Transferring messages from iPhone to iPhone highly depends on Wi-Fi connection. If your iPhones are under poor Wi-Fi connection, the transferring process may be quite time-consuming, or worse, the transferring process gets interrupted.

2. iCloud restoring process involves erasing all exist contents from your new iPhone. That’s to say, if there are some data on your new iPhone, they will be deleted during the transfer.

3. Besides messages, all other unwanted contents like contacts, settings will also be transferred to your new iPhone.

Step 1: Connect both of your iPhones in charge and Wi-Fi connection.

Step 2: On your old iPhone: Go to Settings > Tap your Account Name at the top of the screen > Tap iCloud > Scroll down and tap iCloud Backup. (In iOS 10.3 or older versions, steps are: Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup, or Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.)

Step 3: Tap on the Back Up Now option, then it will start backing up your iPhone, you just need to wait for it finishes.

Step 4: Take out your another iPhone. If it is a new one and hasn’t been activated, please set up and activate it firstly, till when asked tap Restore from iCloud Backup. Then tap Next > Enter your Apple ID and password > Select the backup you created above.

Step 5: If your another iPhone has already been used, you need to ease all the content and settings on your iPhone:  Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Erase iPhone > Set up and activate your iPhone again > Select Restore from iCloud Backup > Select the back you just created.

Step 6: Wait for the restoring process finishes, and all the messages on your old iPhone will be transferred to the new one.

Transfer Messages  to New iPhone - Restore from iCloud Backup

Transfer Messages  to New iPhone – Restore from iCloud Backup

Part 3: Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Syncing (iOS 12)

Besides, since iOS 11.4 released, Apple has already brought back the Message in iCloud feature. This feature enables users to share messages across different devices. So you can also apply this feature to transfer messages from old iPhone to new iPhone.

1. This method only works for those whose two iPhones are running iOS 11.4 or later.

2. With this method, only the iMessages can be synced to another iPhone. In other words, the messages sent by other iPhone users can be moved, if some of your friends or family working with Android devices, their messages won’t be moved.

Step 1: On one iPhone, go to Settings > Click the account name > Choose iCloud.

Step 2: Scroll down to locate Messages > Toggle it on if it is not, then all iMessages on it will be synced to iCloud. Please make sure your iPhone has connected with stable Wi-Fi.

Step 3: On another iPhone, do the same as above. And then both devices will share all the iMessages.

Sync iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Syncing

Sync iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Syncing

One thing that needs to mention is that iCloud won’t inform you when the sync process is finished, so you need to check the process by yourself.

Method 4: How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Before we start, there are some important info you must clear,

  1. It backs up the whole device, and restore the whole backup file to the new iPhone. You can’t restore only messages via iTunes, it will be a full restore.
  2. Like restoring from iCloud, the files on your target iPhone will be erased firstly.  All the data on your target iPhone will be replaced with the files in your iTunes backup.

To transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes, you need to back up messages from the old iPhone, and then restore your messages to the target iPhone.

Step 1: Connect your old iPhone to your computer via USB cable > Launch the iTunes app on your computer. Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2: Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod when it appears in iTunes > Click on Back Up Now option to back up your old iPhone.

Back Up Your Old iPhone with iTunes

Back-Up Your Old iPhone with iTunes

Step 3: After the process completes, you can see if the backup finished successfully on the Summary screen in iTunes.

Step 4: Open your new iPhone and reach to the App & Data screen > Tap on Restore from iTunes Backup. If you already set up your new device, you need to erase it first.

Restore from iTunes Backup Screen

Restore from iTunes Backup Screen

Step 5: Connect your new iPhone to your computer with USB cable > Open iTunes on your computer and select your device.

Step 6: Click on Restore Backup option > Choose the backup contains the messages you want to transfer.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, that’s all about transferring messages between two iPhones. If you want to transfer the iPhone content to a new iPhone, then iTunes and iCloud could be your best choice. If you want to only transfer messages to a used iPhone, then you might need help from a third-party tool. AnyTrans for iOS supports to transfer all messages, not just iMessages. And other iOS contents like photos, videos, music, contacts, etc., also can be transferred to new iPhone.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.