Applies to: Transfer messages between iPhone 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11, iPhone XS Max/XS/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone7/6, etc.
Whether you're switching from an old iPhone to a new one or simply moving messages to a new iPhone as the old iPhone got damaged. This guide offers multiple feasible solutions to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone. Beyond that, a 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.
One more thing, all of these solutions can also be applied to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone.
iCloud provides an easy-to-use backup service to its users. Once you've turned on Apple's Messages in iCloud service, all of your messages will be backed up to the cloud and synced to different iOS devices signed in to the same iCloud account.
But on the downside, this service has iOS version restrictions - only iOS devices running iOS 11.4 and later version can get it. You can go to check your iOS version by heading to the Settings > General > Software Update. If your device is running iOS 11.4 or later version, then you can enable Messages on by following the steps below.
Step 1. Open your iPhone and go to the Settings.
Step 2. Click on your Apple ID and then click on the iCloud.
Step 3. Find the Messages and turn on it.
Note: If there is a need, you can download text messages from iPhone to PC with a couple of ways offered in this post.
If you're using an old iPhone that is running iOS 11.4 and earlier, then you can use iCloud's backup service to back up messages, together with other file types to iCloud. This ensures that all of your information is easily accessible when an emergency strikes. So, you can also get the messages by restoring your device from iCloud backup.
But this might be time-consuming and has space-restriction that only offers 5GB storage for free, which means you'll need to buy more space if you have a lot of files to backup. To enable iCloud backup, you can follow the steps below:
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 on iCloud Backup, 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". (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.
iTunes is also a good option to transfer messages between the iPhones. The steps are very similar to iCloud. First, you need to make a backup of your old iPhone content via iTunes, then restore your new iPhone from the iTunes backup. This may replace all data on the destination device with files you synced from iTunes. If you don't mind it, just follow the detailed steps to do it.
Step 1. Connect your old iPhone to the computer via a USB cable and launch iTunes.
Step 2. Click "Device" 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.
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.)
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, professional software 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.
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 navigate to "Content Management". Choose "Messages".
Step 2. Go to "Settings" to choose a folder to save the items to be transferred.
Step 3. Select the messages, including text messages (SMS) and iMessages, you want to save from your iPhone to the computer and click the "Transfer to PC" button. 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.)
That's all about our guide on how to transfer text messages from iPhone to iPhone. By reading this post, we hope you have moved your messages from an old iPhone to a new one. As you can see, both iTunes and iCloud will cause data loss on your target iPhone, which is more available for a new iOS device without setting up. If you've set up your device and have had some data stored on it, you'd better use EaseUS MobiMover.