How to Transfer Text Messages / iMessages from Old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max)

I am trying to switch from my old iPhone to a new iPhone XS (Max). Especially messages and iMessages needs quickly moved to my new iPhone. I tried forwarding texts to iPhone XS (Max), but to my horror it ate up my mobile balance. Please help! How can I transfer iMessages/text messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max)?

Well! There are multiple ways of transferring iMessages/text messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max). If you feel that the entire thing about transferring text messages/iMessages is weighing you down. Relax! We are here to make the transition a smooth walk.

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Difference between Text messages and iMessages on iPhone

Though, text messages and iMessages appear on the ‘Message’ app of your iPhone. Both of them are entirely different technologies. Text messages are wireless carrier specific and consists of SMS and MMS. SMS are short and MMSs have the option to attach photos and media within. iMessages make use of your cellular data or Wi-Fi for sending and receiving messages.

Transfer Text messages/iMessages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) using USB cable (without backup)

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Here is how to transfer messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) without backup –

Step 1:  Install dr.fone – Switch on your desktop/laptop and then launch it. Using lightning cables get both the iPhones connected to your computer.

transfer messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) without backup

Step 2:  On the dr.fone interface, tap on the ‘Switch’ tab. Specify the old iPhone as the source and iPhone XS (Max) as the target on the consequent screen.

Note: You can click the ‘Flip’ button to alter their position, if gone wrong.

transfer messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) without backup - designate target and source

Step 3:  When the existing data types of the source iPhone are displayed, tap on ‘Messages’ over there. Click ‘Start Transfer’ button and once the messages get transferred push the ‘OK’ button. 

Note: Selecting the ‘Clear Data before Copy’ checkbox will wipe off everything from the iPhone XS (Max), if the device is a new one.

transferred messages from old iphone to iPhone XS (Max)

Transfer Text messages/iMessages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) using iCloud backup

In case you have synched your old iPhone with iCloud, you can use the iCloud backup for moving messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max). In this part of the article, we are going to use the iCloud backup method.

  1. Get your old iPhone and browse ‘Settings’. Click on ‘[Apple Profile Name]’ and go to ‘iCloud’. Tap ‘Messages’ here.
  2. Hit on the ‘iCloud Backup’ slider for enabling it. Click the ‘Backup Now’ button afterwards. The iMessages will be backed on your iCloud account.
  3. transfer messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) with icloud backup
  4. Next, you need to boot up your brand new iPhone XS (Max). Set it up in a usual manner and make sure to choose the ‘Restore from iCloud backup option’ when you reach the ‘App & Data’ screen. Now, use the same iCloud account credentials to log in to it.
  5. transfer messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) - log in to icloud
  6. In the end, you need to choose the preferred backup from the list and the transfer process will start. In a short while, your text messages and iMessages will be transferred to the iPhone XS (Max).
  7. transfer messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max)- transferred successfully

Transfer iMessages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) using iCloud syncing

We will transfer iMessages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) in this part. Remember that only iMessages can be transferred in this method. Text messages transfer would require you to opt for dr.fone –Switch. This process is for devices running above iOS 11.4.

  1. On your old iPhone, visit ‘Settings’ and then scroll down to the ‘Messages’ section and tap on it.
  2. Now, under the ‘Messages on iCloud’ section and hit the ‘Sync Now’ button.
  3. transfer imessages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max)
  4. Get the iPhone XS (Max) and repeat steps 1 & 2 to sync it using the same iCloud account.

Transfer Text messages/iMessages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) using iTunes

In case you are wondering transfer text messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) without iCloud backup. You can opt for transferring messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) with iTunes.

  • First, you need to create an iTunes backup of your old iPhone.
  • Next, use the iTunes backup to transfer messages to iPhone XS (Max).

Remember that transferring in this method will restore the entire backup not only iMessages or messages selectively.

Create an iTunes backup for the old iPhone –

  1. Launch the latest iTunes version on your computer and connect the old iPhone through a lightning cable.
  2. Tap on your device from iTunes interface and then hit the ‘Summary’ tab. Now, select the ‘This computer’ option and hit the ‘Backup Now’ button.
  3. transfer messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) with itunes
  4. Allow some time for the backup to complete. Go to ‘iTunes Preferences’ and then ‘Devices’ to see your device name has a fresh backup.

Now that the backup on iTunes is done, let’s transfer messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) –

  1. Switch on your new/factory reset iPhone XS (Max). After the ‘Hello’ screen, follow the on screen instruction and set up the device.
  2. When the ‘Apps & Data’ screen appears click ‘Restore from iTunes Backup’ and tap ‘Next’.
  3. transfer messages from old iPhone to iPhone XS (Max) using itunes backup
  4. Launch iTunes on the same computer you have created backup for the old device. Get the iPhone XS (Max) connected to it.
  5. Now, select your device in iTunes and tap ‘Summary’. Click ‘Restore Backup’ from the ‘Backups’ section. Select the recent backup that you have created. You might need a passcode if the backup was encrypted.
  6. text messages restored to iPhone XS (Max)
  7. Once the restore process is over, setup your device completely. Ensure to keep the iPhone XS (Max) connected to Wi-Fi, so that all the data gets downloaded to your device.

Final Verdict

Considering all the aforementioned methods above, when it comes to transferring all your data or exclusively iMessages or text messages to your new iPhone. It is recommended that you should choose a viable option like dr.fone – Switch.

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