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4 Ways to Transfer iMessages to New iPhone 14/13

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“I just got a new iPhone. I had to use verizon transfer for photos and contacts because my company doesn't allow use of iCloud. How can I get all iMessages from my old iPhone to my new iPhone?”

Getting a new iPhone is exciting, and moving all your important data including iMessages from the old phone to the new one is essential. Luckily, it is quite a simple process to transfer iMessages to new iPhone.

Basically, you can make a backup of iMessages and restore the backup onto the new iPhone. In this article, we will look at how to back up iMessages with iCloud, iTunes, or third-party tool, then transfer iMessages to your new iPhone.

All these solutions below can be applied to iOS versions and iPhone models, including the newest iOS 16 and iPhone 14/13.

1. Transfer iMessages to New iPhone via iCloud Sync

Apple allows its users to sync messages/iMessages between 2 different iPhones via the iCloud syncing feature as long as the 2 devices have logined with 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 and do the same process as above.
  4. The iMessages will start be syncing with the new iPhone. You should also ensure that the new iPhone connects with strong Wi-Fi network.

enable messages from icloud

Limitations of iCloud Sync:

  • The iCloud syncing feature only available on iPhones that are running iOS 12 or later versions.
  • iCloud won't notify you when the iMessages syncing process is complete, so you have to check it by yourself.

2. Transfer iMessages to New iPhone with iCloud Backup

You can also transfer iMessages to new iPhone if you have used 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. Follow the step-by-step guide below:

Step 1. Start by backing up old iPhone with iCloud: Go to iPhone Settings, click on [your name] and then "iCloud" to toggle on "iCloud Backup". Click on "Backup Now" and the backup process will get started.

backup iphone with icloud

Step 2. Go to Settings > General > Reset 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 iphone from icloud backup

Limitations of iCloud Backup:

  • The iCloud account you logged on the new iPhone shall be the same as the iCloud account on the old iPhone.
  • Restoring iCloud backup involves erasing all existing contents on your new iPhone. It means that any new data on your new iPhone will be completely deleted during the transfer.
  • Stable internet connection will be required when transferring iMessages from iPhone to iPhone. Thus you should ensure that the old and new iPhone has connected with strong Wi-Fi 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.

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.

Step 1. Connect the old iPhone to your computer 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.

backup iphone to itunes

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 data to your new iPhone.

restore from itunes backup to new iphone

Limitations of iTunes Backup:

  • When you back up and restore iMessages with iTunes, the data on the new iPhone will be completely overwritten by the data in 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.

4. Transfer iMessages to New iPhone with Third-party Tool

If you are willing to transfer only iMessages instead of unwanted data to new iPhone, you can use third-party tool to transfer specific data to new iPhone. FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore will be the best choice to selectively back up and restore specific data like iMessages 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 full iTunes/iCloud Backup.
  • 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 16.


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 & Restore. Apart from iMessages, you can also restore other data with the steps below.

Step 1. Download and install FoneGeek iOS Backup & Resoter 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.

backup restore

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.

preview backup


In this article, we've introduced 4 ways to transfer iMessages to new iPhone 14/13. As you can see, most of the methods have some limitations while FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore provides an easy solution with no limitaions.

If you've accidentally deleted important iMessages during the transfer process, don't worry, you can follow this guide - How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone.

Joan J. Mims

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

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