How to Transfer SMS & iMessages from Old iPhone to New iPhone XS/XR/X/8 Plus

When we get a new iPhone, like the newest iPhone XR/XSMax or former or iPhone X/8/8 Plus, I think most people have the demand for moving the precious text messages of the old iPhone to the new iPhone quickly. Perhaps most of them have tried many ways but ended up failing because of unknown reasons. Well, please do not be discouraged! Transferring messages from iPhone to iPhone is much easier than you thought! Here are several effective methods may be helpful for you.

Transfer SMS & iMessages from Old iPhone to New iPhone

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

One of the easiest ways to transfer messages as well as other content from an old iPhone to your new iPhone XS/XR/X/8 is by using iCloud backup. First back up your old iPhone with iCloud and you can easily restore all text messages to the new iPhone without iTunes or computer with the steps below:

  1. Connect the old iPhone to a power source and turn on Wi-Fi.
  2. On the old iPhone, tap Setttings > [Your Name] > iCLoud, and turn on iCloud Backup (for iOS 10 & ealier: Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup).
  3. Tap Back Up Now and wait for the backup process to complete (Wifi connection is needed during the process).
  4. Turn on your new iPhone. If you haven’t set it up, then 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, and all your old messages will be transferred to new iPhone.

Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to 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 data transfer software, which can be used to switch contacts, messages, photos, music, videos, etc from iPhone to iPhone effortlessly. And its supports are provided for almost all kinds of iOS devices, such as 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. Here the steps for how to transfer text messages iPhone to iPhone (not working for iOS 12 now due to its limitations):

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Step 1: Install and Launch Gihosoft Mobile Transfer
Go to Gihosoft official site to download this iPhone to iPhone messages transfer software, then install and launch it on your computer.

Step 2: Connect both iDevices to Computer via USB
Tap “Phone to Phone” and connect the two iPhones to the computer via USB cables 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: Copy Messages from iPhone to iPhone
Now You can select the “SMS” to transfer, then click “Start Copy” to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone.

Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone via Gihosoft Mobile Transfer

Note: This method is not working for iOS 12 now due to its limitations. You can also backup your 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.

Method 3: Transfer iMessages from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud Syncing (iOS 12)

Since iOS 11.4, Apple has also introduced iCloud syncing for Messages on Apple device, but this feature only supports iMessage, not for all SMS text messages. Though it does have defect, you can use iCloud syncing to transfer all your iMessages to the new iPhone from the old one.

  1. On your old iPhone go to Settings > [Your name] > iCloud.
  2. Find the Messages option and toggle it to green (Two-factor authentication should be enabled).
  3. On your new iPhone XS/X/8, sign in with the same iCloud account and make sure that both of the iPhones is connected to Wifi network.
  4. Once your iPhone has finished syncing, you will be able to view all your iMessages from your old iPhone on your new one.

Transfer iMessages from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud Syncing (iOS 12)

Once your enabled this ‘Message in iCloud’ feature, your message won’t be included in a separate iCloud backup; and every edit or deletion you do to your iMessages will be immediately synced over all of your Apple device.

Also Read: How to easily recover deleted iMessages on iPhone & iPad with/without backup.

Method 4: Transfer iMessages & Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes

If you want to transfer all your iMessages as well as text messages from an old iPhone to your new iPhone without iCloud, then iTunes would be your best choice. Besides media library, iTunes is also set to transfer all data including texts from iPhone to iPhone. And you just need an iTunes backup for your old iPhone to start the transfering process.

First, Create a Backup of Your Old iPhone with iTunes:

  1. Connect your old iPhone to your computer via lightning cable, and then launch the iTunes app on your Wn/Mac PC.
  2. Click on File > Devices > Back Up at the menu bar to start syncing; or tap on the iPhone icon to go to the Summary page and then clik on ‘Back Up Now’.
  3. Wait for your old iPhone finishes backing up its data,
  4. Once it’s done, you can see the updated backup shown on iTunes, or you can check it at the menu Edit > Preferences > Device.

Transfer iMessages & Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes

Second, Restore Messages from Your Old iPhone to iPhone XS/X/8:

  1. Turn on your new iPhone and connect it to computer.
  2. If you have not set up your new iPhone, select ‘Restore from iTunes Backup’ at the ‘App & Data’; if you’ve set it up’, then just click on ‘Restore Backup’ at the Summary page on iTunes.
  3. Select the backup you just created and confirm your action, then wait for it to finish.

Transfer iMessages & Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes

Compared with iCloud backup, iTunes backup can hold more comprehensive data of your iPhone, which is better if you want to completely move all your old iPhone data to the new one, though it won’t preserve the music and TV programs on your iPhone.

Bonus: Tansfer/Save Messages from iPhone to PC via Gihosoft iPhone Recovery

In addition to iTunes, Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery is also a good option to transfer and permanently save your old iPhone messages onto PC or Mac. It is a powerful software expert on iOS data recovery, which can recover 20 more types of lost/deleted data from iOS devices, inclouding contacts, notes, photos, videos, voicemails, voice memos, etc. And you can use it to easily save and exract all your messages from iPhone or iPhone backup.

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Tansfer/Save Messages from iPhone to PC via Gihosoft iPhone Recovery

This method can also be used to recover lost/deleted texts from your iPhone even without backup. All the exported messages will be saved in TXT, CSV, HTML for better view, and you can directly print the iPhone texts to PDF for court or other using.

The End

It’s understandable that you want to transfer messages from your old iPhone into your new one, for the messages you held may be confidential or important. With above-listed methods, hopefully you have already successfully transferred your precious messages to the new iPhone XS/X/8 from the old one. If you have any question or suggestion, welcome to comment below.

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