If you now use multiple Apple devices, then at some point you may have wanted to transfer all your text messages from your iPhone to your Mac or another iPhone. Moving files between Apple devices has become much easier, but it is not obvious to many folks. With that in mind, we believe that we can help you out.
In this guide, we will run you through the steps to move text messages from iPhone to Mac or Windows PC. Before we begin, make sure that you now have a modern version of iOS and macOS on your device. If not, update your devices first.
How to transfer text messages from your iPhone to another using iCloud backup
iCloud backup serves as a perfect tool to transfer all your text messages from your old iPhone to a new model, as it is safe and fast. However, one major drawback is that you need to restore your device settings and data at the same time. Therefore, we recommend you use iCloud backup to restore text messages when you are setting up a new iPhone.
Step one: First off, you need to connect your old iPhone to a power source and then enable Wi-Fi. After that, launch the Settings app from your home screen, select iCloud and hit Backup (Make sure that the switch for Backup is now enabled)
Step two: Next up, hit Backup now button at the bottom of the page and wait until the process is completed (This may take a while, so make yourself a sandwich)
Step three: Power on your new iPhone and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the first setup. From the Backup screen, hit Restore from iCloud Backup and proceed with tapping Next button. (If you have missed this during the first setup, head to Settings, select General > Reset > Erase all content and settings
Step four: You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and Password. Once the restore process is completed, head to the Messages app on your new iPhone and you will see all your messages from the old iPhone.
How to transfer text messages from your iPhone to another using a third-party app
If you find the above-mentioned process annoying, you can use a third-party app to get the job done. There are tons of apps out there that can help you transfer your text messages from one iPhone to another. We recommend you use PhoneView, a great app that allows you to save and view all of your iPhone and iPad messages. You can either download the app for free trial or buy it at $29.95.
Step one: Make sure that you have installed PhoneView on your Mac. Once you are done, open the app on your machine and give the app access to your messages
Step two: Connect your iPhone to your Mac. From the PhoneView window, hit Archive to proceed
Step three: Next up, you now need to click Messages from the left sidebar and hit OK to load your iPhone data into PhoneView (this step may take a while)
Step four: Once done, you will see all the contacts you’ve had conversations with from the middle column
Step five: To save all your messages, select All and click Copy From iPhone at the top. After that, select a location and hit Save to complete the task
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