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How to Transfer Text Messages/iMessages from iPhone to New iPhone X/7/8 (Plus)

Want to transfer text messages or copy iMessages from old iPhone to your new iPhone 7/8/X? This article is intended to show you two ways to transfer text messages/iMessages from iPhone to iPhone. Keep reading on this post to learn more.

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Q: "I plan to buy a brand-new iPhone 8 Plus. Meanwhile, I have an old iPhone 5. And all my text messages remains in the old iPhone. Can I transfer text messages from iPhone 5 to iPhone 8, because I don't want to lose the best memories that carried by text messages? Is it possible to transfer only messages instead of the whole backing up and restoring process?"

-- Yahoo Answers

When you get a new iPhone X/8 (Plus), and after activating it, 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.

To transfer messages to new iPhone, certainly you can back up the old iPhone via iTunes or iCloud, and then restore your new phone from the backup. However, not only messages, some other data that you don't want anymore may be transferred from old device to your new device. Additionally, there is also a great chance that you may suffer from the slow transferring process, and even sometimes, you may be failed in the midway due to lots of unknown reasons.

How to Transfer Text Messages fom iPhone to iPhone

How to Transfer Text Messages fom iPhone to iPhone

So are there some much more easy but practical way to help you transfer text messages/iMessages from iPhone to iPhone? In this tutorial, we will share two methods with you. Check both of them now.

1. How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone (All Messages Transferred) 2. How to Transfer iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud (Only iMessages Transferred)

Part 1. How to Transfer All Messages from iPhone to iPhone

How to transfer text messages from iPhone to iPhone directly? The easiest and most effective way is getting an iPhone to iPhone data transfer tool. In this part, we recommend the best one - AnyTrans for iOS. Why?

1. AnyTrans for iOS is capable of transferring all messages, like text messages, iMessages, SMS, etc. from one iPhone to another iPhone within just one click, also enables you to selectively preview each piece of message on your iPhone, and then choose the ones you need to copy to another iPhone.

2. Lightening transferring speed - Transferring More than 1000 messages and nearly 200 contacts from iPhone to iPhone is finished in 40 seconds.

3. Not just text messages and iMessages, also support message attachments transferring, like the pictures, videos.

4. No data erasing happens. Unlike iTunes and iCloud, AnyTrans for iOS will keep all of your data from loss and erasing during the whole process. 100% Guarantees you data safe & security.

5. Besides to another iPhone, you can also transfer text messages from iPhone to your PC/Mac computer in the formats of .pdf, .html, .txt.

6. Besides messages, there are more than 20 other iOS data types supported transferring from iPhone to iPhone, such as contacts, songs, photos, notes, etc.

By following the step-by-step guide below, you can copy messages from iPhone to iPhone in just a few minutes after downloading and install AnyTrans for iOS.

Step 1. Launch AnyTrans for iOS > Connect your two iPhones to computer with USB cable. AnyTrans for iOS will detect the two devices automatically. Click Device Manager > Go to shortcut screen > Click "Merge Device" button.

How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone - Step 1

How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone - Step 1

Step 2. Make sure the transferring is correct by checking the target device. And then click "Next" on the right.

How to Transfer iMessages from iPhone to iPhone - Step 2

How to Transfer iMessages from iPhone to iPhone - Step 2

Step 3. Choose Message among various types of data, and click "Next" to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone.

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone - Step 3

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone - Step 3

Note: The Merge function of AnyTrans for iOS will directly transfer messages, ringtones, music, bookmarks, notes, contacts and more from one iPhone to another without erasing existed data on the target device. It might take a while to finish this process: backup your device > merge data > sync data, please be patient and never unplug your device.

We just showed you how to transfer text messages from iPhone to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS above. Besides messages, some other iPhone contents also are supported transferring to another one, and they are listed below (Click to View Detailed Tutorial):

Part 2. How to Transfer Only iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud

You can also transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud backup and restoring. But before talking about the detailed steps, you need to know such notices:

1. iCloud backup can only save iMessages on iPhone (iMessages are those items transferred between iOS devices under WiFi connection.) It means that those messages not being transferred under WiFi and between iOS devices are not supported to backing up. And you cannot restore them from another iPhone, either.

2. iCloud restoring is a process where the whole iCloud backup replaces your iPhone. It will lead to the existed data on your iPhone being erased, if it has some. So be careful. So base on such drawbacks of iCloud, we sincerely recommend you jumping to Part 1 for a much safer and more practical option to transfer all messages from iPhone to iPhone

Step 1. Backup one iPhone with iCloud. Go to Settings > Tap your account > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Turn on iCloud Backup if it is not, and then click Back Up Now. It will start backing up your iPhone.

How to Transfer Only iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud - Step 1

How to Transfer Only iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud - Step 1

Step 2. Set up another iPhone of yours > Choose Restore from iCloud Backup > Sign in your iCloud and select the recent backup to restore.

How to Transfer Only iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud - Step 2

How to Transfer Only iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud - Step 2

Step 3. Please note that if your iPhone has been set up, you need to reset it firstly, and then set it up again before taking this method.

How to Transfer Only iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud - Step 3

How to Transfer Only iMessages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud - Step 3

The Bottom Line

By comparison, method 1 with AnyTrans for iOS is obviously much more easier to help you with transferring messages from iPhone to iPhone. Besides, it supports all messages, not just iMessages. Download this powerful iPhone transfer tool for free trial now >

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