How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone 8/8 Plus/X with iTunes and iCloud

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The latest iPhone X is on sale for a period, and I am going to buy one to replace my 32GB iPhone 6. The problem is I don’t know how to transfer messages from my old iPhone to my new iPhone. Some of the messages are important to me and I have to keep them on my new device. Is it possible for me to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone? Any suggestion?

Like transferring music from iPhone to iPhone and copying photos between two iOS devices, Messages syncing from one iPhone to another is one of the commonest needs when users switch to a new iPhone. Luckily, you can transfer messages (both SMS messages and iMessages) from one iPhone to another using the built-in iCloud services or iTunes. In this article, both ways to transfer messages to your new iPhone are detailed. Besides, a FREE method to save your iPhone messages to the computer (Mac or PC) is also provided in the end. Don't hesitate to make a backup of your iPhone messages if you want to keep them safe and available elsewhere.

How to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud


Pros:

  • Back up all your text messages (SMS/iMessages), including the attachments and images, together with other file types to iCloud.
  • You can access the iCloud backup on any iPhone that is signed into with the same iCloud account.
  • The messages on your iPhones that are registered with the same iMessage account are always in sync if both devices are online.

Cons:

  • It could be time-consuming using iCloud backup, depending on the quality of your network connection and the size of the files.
  • If you don't have enough iCloud space, the iCloud backup would fail. Besides, you only get the first 5GB of iCloud storage for free.
  • You can only get the messages from your old iPhone to your new iPhone by restoring your new device.
  • You have to restore text messages as well as other content from iCloud at once.

If using iCloud is your preferred option, follow the steps below to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud.

Step 1: Keep your old iPhone in charge and connect it to a stable and reliable Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup, turn the iCloud Backup option on, click Back Up Now and wait for the iCloud backup to be finished.

Step 3: Turn on and set up your new iPhone. When you see the Apps & Data screen on your iPhone, choose Restore iPhone from iCloud Backup.

Notice
If you have set up your iPhone, you need to go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to reset your iPhone, by which you can set up your iPhone and go to the Apps & Data screen again.

Step 4: Enter your Apple ID and password. When you finish the setup process, you can see the messages together with other files backed up in iCloud on your old iPhone shown on your new iPhone, which means you have successfully transfer messages from one iPhone to another.

How to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone - using iCloud

How to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes


Pros:

  • You can back up your iPhone settings and data on your computer or cloud via iTunes.
  • No network connection is needed when using iTunes to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone.
  • As long as you get enough space left on your computer hard drive, you don't need to worry about the space.

Cons:

  • You have to back up other supported file types together with messages at once, which could be slow.
  • To transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes, you have to do it by restoring your iPhone from iTunes backup. By doing so, other backed up files will also be synced to your new device.

Like using iCloud, you first need to make a backup of your old iPhone content via iTunes, then restore your new iPhone from the iTunes backup. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1: Connect your old iPhone to the computer via a USB cable and launch iTunes.

Step 2: Click Device button within iTunes and choose Summary. (iPhone 8/X won’t connect to iTunes? Fixed here!) 

Step 3: On the left side of the panel, click This computer and Back Up Now under the Backups section. Next, choose Apply to complete the iTunes backup, including text messages.

Step 4: Disconnect the old iPhone, re-connect the new device to the computer and run iTunes again.

Step 5: Go to Summary and click Restore Backup... to restore the previous backup created just now on your target device. When the process is done, you can view the messages from your old iPhone on your new device.

How to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone - using iTunes

With one of the two methods above, you can copy messages from one iPhone to another within minutes. Choose the one that you think is better to get things done. If necessary, learn how to make a backup of your iPhone messages to computer from the methods below. (If you want to print text messages from iPhone, the following steps are a major part of the process.)

Bonus Tip--How to back up text messages on iPhone

It's no doubt that you can back up your iPhone text messages using iCloud or iTunes. However, the backup made by iTunes or iClou is not accessible to you. Thus, if you want to access and view the backup of your iPhone messages (SMS messages and iMessages), using iTunes or iCloud is not a good choice for you. To save your iPhone text messages to the computer and view the backup anytime you like, all you need is EaseUS MobiMover Free, the freeware for iOS data transfer, file management, and video download.

Now, let's see how to back up your iPhone text messages to the computer with FOUR steps using MobiMover.

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer (Mac or PC) and click Trust on your iPhone to trust this computer. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and click [your device name] > Messages.

How to save iPhone text messages to computer - Step 1

Step 2: Select the messages, including text messages (SMS), multimedia messages (MMS), and iMessages, you want to save from your iPhone to the computer and click the Transfer to Computer button. 

How to save iPhone text messages to computer - Step 2

Step 3: Now you need to select a folder to save the items to be transferred. After that, MobiMover will start downloading text messages from your iPhone to the computer automatically. When it has finished, you can go to the selected folder to check the messages. (The items will be saved an HTML file on your computer, thus you need to open it with a browser to view its details.)

How to save iPhone text messages to computer - Step 3