How to Transfer Text Messages to New iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Transferring text messages to a new iPhone can be a daunting task, especially if you have a large number of important messages that you don’t want to lose. However, with the right steps and a little bit of patience, you can easily transfer your text messages from your old iPhone to your new one. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of transferring text messages to a new iPhone.

Step 1: Backup Your Old iPhone

Before transferring your text messages, it is essential to create a backup of your old iPhone. This ensures that all your valuable data, including text messages, are safely stored and ready for transfer.

  • Connect your old iPhone to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Go to Settings on your old iPhone.
  • Tap on your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  • Select iCloud from the list.
  • Scroll down and tap on iCloud Backup.
  • Toggle on iCloud Backup if it’s not already enabled.
  • Tap on Back Up Now and wait for the backup process to complete.

Step 2: Set Up Your New iPhone

Once you have successfully backed up your old iPhone, it’s time to set up your new device. Make sure you have completed all the initial setup steps before proceeding with transferring your text messages.

If You Are Using iCloud Backup:

  • Select Restore from iCloud Backup when prompted during setup.
  • Sign in to your Apple ID using the same credentials as your old iPhone.
  • Choose the most recent backup from the list.
  • Wait for the restore process to complete. This may take some time depending on the size of your backup and internet speed.

If You Are Using iTunes Backup:

  • Select Restore from iTunes Backup when prompted during setup.
  • Connect your new iPhone to your computer using a Lightning cable.
  • Open iTunes on your computer if it doesn’t open automatically.
  • Select your new iPhone in iTunes.
  • Select Restore Backup in the Summary tab.
  • Choose the most recent backup from the list and click Restore.
  • Wait for the restore process to complete. Your iPhone will restart after the restore is finished.

Step 3: Verify Text Message Transfer

To ensure that your text messages have been successfully transferred to your new iPhone, follow these simple steps:

  • Open the Messages app on your new iPhone.
  • Navigate through different conversations and check if all messages are present.
    • Troubleshooting:

      If you notice any missing messages, make sure you have followed all the previous steps correctly. If you are still having issues, try restarting both devices and repeating the restore process.


Transferring text messages to a new iPhone is a relatively simple process if you follow these steps carefully. By creating a backup of your old iPhone and restoring it to your new device, you can seamlessly transfer all your valuable text messages without any data loss. Remember to always double-check your transfer to ensure that everything has been successfully transferred.

Now that you know how to transfer text messages to a new iPhone, you can enjoy all the important conversations on your new device without any hassle!

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