How to Transfer SMS & iMessages from iPhone to iPhone X/8/8 Plus

When we get a new iPhone, like the newest iPhone 8/8 Plus or iPhone X, I think most people have the demand of transferring text messages from the old iPhone to new one. So many people are wondering how to transfer the text messages and iMessages to new iPhone because they do not want to lose the best memories carried by the Message app. And most of them must have tried various methods but end with failures due to unknown reasons. Well, in fact. It is just a piece of cake. This article is intended to show you two ways on how to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone X/8/8 Plus.

Transfer SMS & iMessages

Method 1: Transfer Text Messages to New iPhone with iCloud Backup

  1. Connect the old iPhone to a power source and turn on Wi-Fi.
  2. On the old iPhone, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and turn on iCloud Backup.
  3. Tap Back Up Now (and wait for the backup process to complete).
  4. Turn on your new iPhone. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to go through the setup process. When asked, tap Restore from iCloud Backup and Next. If you have already been through the setup process, you’ll need to reset your iPhone. Tap on Settings > General > Reset and > Erase All Content and Settings.
  5. Enter your Apple ID and Password.

Transfer Text Messages to New iPhone with iCloud Backup

Method 2: Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone via Gihosoft Mobile Transfer

Gihosoft Phone Transfer is a professional phone to phone file transfer software, which can be used to transfer contacts, SMS, photos, music and videos between iPhones. With it, you can easily transfer SMS/iMessages from iPhone to iPhone. The software supports all the popular iPhone devices, such as iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, as well as iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4/2, etc.

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Step 1: Install and Launch iPhone SMS Transfer

Go to Gihosoft official site to download this iPhone message transfer software, and then install and launch it on your computer.

Step 2: Connect both iPhones to Computer via USB

Tap on “Phone to Phone” and connect the two iPhones to computer via USB cable respectively. When the two iPhones are connected successfully, the name will be shown on the interface. And you can press “Flip” to change their places.

Note: Make sure that the latest version of iTunes has been installed on your computer so that the iPhone can be recognized by the program.

Step 3: Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone

Now You can select the “SMS” to transfer, then click “Start Copy” to transfer SMS/iMessages from iPhone to iPhone.

Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone

Important Note: Owing to the upgrade of iOS 10, the current Phone Transfer version doesn’t support to transfer text messages from iPhone to iPhone. Our technicians are working on this issue. Hopefully, you can backup iPhone messages to PC to survive from accidentally data loss caused by iOS upgrade, jailbreak, or even iPhone broken, lost or stolen. It is very easy to do the backup: Run Gihosoft Mobile Transfer > Choose Backup Your Phone > Connect iPhone to PC > Tap Start Copy to Backup iPhone SMS.

In Conclusion

Having compared with the two methods, obviously the second one is much easier. Within only 3 steps, you can transfer text messages from old iPhone to new iPhone X/8/7/6S Plus. And the most important thing is that you can select to transfer messages only, which is time-saving. Besides, when you switch to a new Android phone like Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, you can also use it to transfer SMS from iPhone to Android.