I have a brand-new iPhone. How can I transfer messages from one iPhone to another? Can I transfer text messages from my iPhone 6 to the new iPhone 11 Pro, 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.
— A User from Apple Support Communities
Apple has released the new iPhone 11 this September. 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 (SMS) or iMessages are always something you don’t want to leave behind. In this tutorial, we will share with you 4 ways to move messages from iPhone to iPhone: including the iCloud & iTunes way, as well as a new way to transfer iPhone messages.
Method 1. Transfer iPhone Messages with AnyTrans for iOS
This is a new way to get old messages on the new iPhone, the tool we will use is AnyTrans for iOS. It works on both Mac and Windows PC, and it’s compatible with all iPhone models including the latest iPhone 11/11 Pro/Pro Max, as well as iOS 13. Check some of its main features on iPhone Messages management:
AnyTrans for iOS – iPhone Data Transfer
Copy ALL messages from iPhone to iPhone in one-click.
Transfer all messages like SMS, iMessages, message attachment, etc.
No harm to the existing content. No need to erase anything.
Open AnyTrans for iOS and connect both your Android and iPhone with USB cables.
Choose Phone Switcher and select your Android as the source device, and your iPhone as the target one.
Select Messages and click Next to start transferring.
Transfer Texts from Android to iPhone with AnyTrans
Part 2. Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Backup
Does iCloud backup messages? The answer is YES. The messages, including text messages and iMessages, are all included. To transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud please follow the steps below:
Connect both your old iPhone and new iPhone in charge and Wi-Fi connection.
On your old iPhone, go to Settings >[Your Name] > Tap iCloud.
Tap on the Back Up Now option to backup your old iPhone including messages.
On your new iPhone. If it is a new one and hasn’t been activated, tap Restore from iCloud Backup. If it has already been set up, 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.
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 with iCloud Backup
You should know:
Transferring messages from iPhone to iPhone 11 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.
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.
Besides messages, all other unwanted contents like contacts, settings will also be transferred to your new iPhone.
Part 3: Sync Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Syncing (iOS 12 or later)
Besides, since iOS 11.4 released, Apple has already brought back the Message in the 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. Here are steps on how to transfer iPhone messages to iPhone with iCloud syncing:
On one iPhone, go to Settings > Click the account name > Choose iCloud.
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.
On another iPhone, do the same as above. And then both devices will share all the iMessages.
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.
Sync iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Syncing
You should know:
This method only works for those iPhones are running iOS 12 or later.
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.
Method 4: How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes
Detailed steps below to backup and transfer text messages to new iPhone with iTunes:
Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes > Connect your old iPhone to your computer via USB cable > Launch the iTunes.
Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes > Click on the Back Up Now option to back up your old iPhone.
After the process completes, you can see if the backup finished successfully on the Summary screen in iTunes.
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.
Connect your new iPhone to your computer with USB cable > Open iTunes on your computer and select your device.
Click on Restore Backup option > Choose the backup contains the messages you want to transfer.
Restore from iTunes Backup Screen
You should know:
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.
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 11 with iTunes, you need to back up messages from the old iPhone, and then restore your messages to the target iPhone.
Bonus Tip: How to Save Messages from iPhone to Computer
How do I transfer messages from iPhone to computer? For those who want to save iPhone text messages to computer as a backup, iTunes is helpful. You can make an iPhone backup with iTunes on computer, and it will include messages. However, it’s impossible to open and view those iPhone text messages from your iTunes backup.
A new way to try is using AnyTrans for iOS. It helps transfer iPhone messages to PC or Mac, and in a readable format like PDF, HTML, TXT. With the one-click export feature, all iPhone messages with attachments will be exported to the computer in different folders as you need. Here is a step-by-step tutorial tells you How to Save iPhone Messages to PC/Mac Computer >
Trouble Shooting: Messages Didn’t Transfer to New iPhone
I am transferring my iPhone X to a new iPhone Xs Max. My messages on the new phone stop about six weeks before today. All of the messages prior to that did transfer. The missing messages are still on my iPhone X and on my iMac. How do I get them back on my new phone?
— A User from Apple Support Communities
Some users report that messages on their old iPhone didn’t transfer to the new iPhone. And here are some tips you can try if you have the same problem:
Make sure you have turned on iMessage sync in the iCloud preferences: Go to Settings on iPhone > Tap your Apple ID > iCloud > Turn on Messages.
Make sure both iPhones are logged in with the same iCloud account.
Enable Wi-Fi on both iPhones. It may take some time if there are lots of data to sync.
Try resetting iPhone: Go to Settings app > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, that’s all about transferring messages between two iPhones. In addition, if you want to transfer more data to your new iPhone, or to computer, and vice versa, you can download the free trial of AnyTrans for iOS to give it a try. If you have any problems with iPhone transferring, please leave a comment and we are happy to help.