How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to New iPhone XS (Max)/XR

11/21/2018 Posted by FoneGeek

Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone

Just get a new iPhone like the newest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR? Then moving all your data, including texts and iMessages, to the new iPhone is usually the first thing your need to do. How to do it? If you have the same doubt, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we will explain how to transfer text messages from old iPhone to new iPhone XS (Max)/XR. Keep reading to learn more. 

Way 1. Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone in One Click 

If you want to learn how to transfer texts and iMessages from iPhone to iPhone without any hassle, then take a look at FoneGeek Phone Transfer. Just in one click, you'll be able to transfer all your messages to your new iPhone. Not only messages, you can also use it to transfer all data from old iPhone to new iPhone, such as contacts, call logs, photos, videos, music, calendar, and much more. No data loss during the iPhone to iPhone data transfer. And it fully compatible with iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/7/6s/6 Plus that run on iOS 12/11. 

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Steps on how to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes: 

  1. Download, install and run FoneGeek iPhone Message Transfer on your Windows PC or Mac. Click on the "Phone to Phone Transfer" option from the home screen. 
  2. Connect your old and new iPhone devices to the computer using USB cables. Confirm that both iPhones have the the right position as target and source. 
  3. Now select "Text messages" that you want to transfer, then click on "Start Transfer" to initiate the process. Once it is done, you can view your old messages on the new iPhone. 

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Way 2. Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud 

The second way to transfer text messages from iPhone to iPhone is using Apple's iCloud service. It is most used to backup iPhone data in case of data loss. Except that, it can be used to transfer data from one iPhone to another, including text messages and iMessages. Another cool feature about this method is that is you don't need to connect your devices to a computer. 

Follow the steps below to transfer messages to your new iPhone with iCloud:

  1. On your old iPhone, go to Settings > your name > iCloud and turn on the "iCloud Backup" option, then tap on "Back Up Now" and wait for the backup to be finished. 
  2. Then go to Settings > Messages and turn on the "Messages on iCloud" option to ensure that your messages are synced to iCloud Backup. 
  3. After making a backup of your old messages on iCloud, turn on your new iPhone. Go through the setup process and choose "Restore from iCloud Backup" option. 
  4. Sign into your iCloud account and select the recent backup you created. Your new iPhone will start to restore from the backup, and all messages on your old iPhone will be transferred to it.  

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Note: If you have already go through the setup process on your new iPhone, you will need to reset it and start again: go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. That's to say, if there are some data on your new iPhone, data loss will occur during transferring. 

Way 3. Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes 

Besides iCloud, another method you can use to transfer text messages to your new iPhone is through Apple's iTunes. Similar to iCloud, you should first make a backup of your old iPhone via iTunes, then restore your new iPhone from the iTunes backup. And it will restore and transfer all kinds of files together with messages between iPhones, which is a little time-consuming. 

Follow the steps below to transfer text messages to new iPhone with iTunes:

  1. First connect your old iPhone to a computer and then launch iTunes. Select the device icon and proceed to the Summary page. 
  2. Click on "Back Up Now" to take a complete backup of your old iPhone. After that, disconnect it and connect your new iPhone to the computer. 
  3. Launch iTunes again and wait for it to recognize the new iPhone. Then choose "Restore from this backup" to move messages and other data files to your new iOS device. 

Transfer Data from iPhone to iPhone


Transferring data especially messages from one iPhone to another can be a hassle without the right tool. Fortunately this tutorial explained you how to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes, iCloud or FoneGeek Phone Transfer. Compare the 3 different ways, obviously the FoneGeek one-click transfer solution make things much easier for you. The transfer speed is faster, no backup is required, and there is no space restrictions. 

If you're switching from old iPhone to a new iPhone, but find your old text messages disappear, don't worry, we have an post about how to recover deleted text messages on iPhone. To avoid such situation, you should better back up your old iPhone before setting up the new iPhone. Instead of iTunes or iCloud backup, we suggest you try third-party tool like FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore. With it, you can backup your iPhone text messages as well as other data like contacts, call logs, photos, videos, etc. to your computer, and then view or restore the backup anytime you like. 

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