4 Ways to Transfer iMessages to New iPhone (iOS 14 Supported)

You just purchased a new iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro and you need the help to transfer iMessages to new iPhone if message app is your main communication platform. We understand how important are these iMessages for you.

In this article, the most simple and the most traditional solutions to transfer iMessages to new iPhone will be shared with you, including using iTunes, using iCloud and using a reliable 3rd-party tool. All the solutions below can be applied for all models of iPhones, including iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XS/XS Max/X/8/7, etc.

1. Transfer iMessages to New iPhone via iCloud Messages

Apple allows its users to sync messages/iMessages between 2 different iPhones via the iCloud syncing feature for messages as long as the 2 iPhones have the same Apple ID.

  1. Open Settings and go to [Your name] > iCloud on your old iPhone.

  2. Ensure that Two-factor authentication is turned on and toggle on Messages option.

  3. Sign into iCloud account with the same Apple ID on your new iPhone.

  4. The iMessages will start be syncing with the new iPhone. You should also ensure that the new iPhone connects with strong network.

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2. Transfer iMessages to New iPhone with the Best Tool

If you are willing to transfer only iMessages instead of unwanted data to new iPhone, you may need a powerful application to transfer specific data to new iPhone. FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore will be the best choice to selectively back up and restore specific data without deleting any other data on the new iPhone. This tool gives you the freedom to do the following:

  • Restore only iMessages or other selected data from FoneGeek, iTunes, iCloud backup to a new iPhone/Android device without overwriting any data.
  • The iMessage restoring time is much shorter than restoring with iTunes/iCloud.
  • Free backup function is provided to easily back up specific data on iPhone.
  • Preview all data in iTunes/iCloud backup and extract 20+ types of data from the backup to computer.
  • It is fully compatible with all iOS versions ranging from iOS 7 to iOS 14.


How to Transfer iMessages to New iPhone Using FoneGeek

Here are the complete instructions to restore only iMessages to new iPhone with FoneGeek iOS Backup and Restore application. Apart from iMessages, you can also restore other data with the steps below.

Step 1. Download and install FoneGeek on your computer and run it afterwards. Choose "Backup & Restore", then connect the old iPhone to the system and wait for the device to be detected.

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Step 2. Select "Messages" and click on "Backup" to back up messages/iMessages on your old iPhone with FoneGeek.


Step 3. Tap on "View Backup Data" and the iMessage backup will appear.

backup completed

Step 4. Click on "Restore to Device" and the program will prompt you to connect the new iPhone with the computer to transfer all iMessages to new iPhone.

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3. Transfer iMessages to New iPhone with iTunes

To transfer iMessages to new iPhone using iTunes, the iMessages should be backed up to the old iPhone with iTunes first, and then restored to the new iPhone.


  • When you back up and restore these iMessages with iTunes, the data on the new iPhone will be completely overwritten by the iTunes backup.
  • Instead of restoring only iMessages, the whole iTunes backup will be restored to the new iPhone. In other words, selective restoring is not supported.

Step 1. Connect the old iPhone to your computer system and sync it with iTunes.

Step 2. Select the device icon and head over to the Summary page.

Step 3. Under the section of Backups, select "This Computer" under the "Automatically Back Up" section and click on "Back Up Now" to ensure that iMessages are backed up to computer instead of iCloud.

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Step 4. After backing up the iMessages on old iPhone, disconnect it from your computer and connect the new iPhone with iTunes.

Step 5. When the program detects the new iPhone, you will be able to restore the new iPhone with the previous iTunes backup by tapping on the "Restore iPhone" button. This will transfer all iMessages as well as other app data to your new iPhone.

restore from itunes backup to new iphone

4. Transfer iMessages to New iPhone with iCloud

You can also transfer iMessages to new iPhone if you have used the iCloud to back up the data on the old iPhone before. It will be very easy to transfer all iMessages by restoring the iCloud backup to the new iPhone. However, here are something you should take note of:

  • Restoring iCloud backup involves erasing all the content on new iPhone. It means that the existing data on new iPhone will be completely deleted.
  • Stable internet connection will be required when transferring iMessages to iPhone. Thus you should ensure that the old and new iPhone has connected with strong network connection to reduce unnecessary trouble in the process of transferring.
  • This approach will not only transfer iMessages but also other data that you unwanted to the new iPhone.

You must have known everything about using iCloud to transfer iMessages to new iPhone. If you still insist on using this approach, you can refer to the step-by-step guide below:

Step 1. Start by backing up old iPhone with iCloud. (Go to iPhone Settings, click on iCloud account and then "iCloud" to toggle on "iCloud Backup". Click on "Backup Now" and the backup process will get started. )

Step 2. Go to Settings on the new iPhone to set the device as a new one by erasing all content and settings. After completing the basic settings, choose "Restore from iCloud Backup" and select the most recent backup to restore after signing into the iCloud account.

restore from icloud backup

Note: The iCloud account you logged on the new iPhone shall be the same as the iCloud account on the old iPhone.

As you can see in this article, there are 4 ways to transfer iMessages to new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro. It's wise to choose the way that suits you most to avoid further complications.


By Joan J. Mims

Posted on Oct 10, 2019, 16:51:31

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.