Question: How Do I Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud?
The messages carry various communications with family, loved ones, friends,
and colleagues. Those messages mean a lot to you so you want to transfer them to your new
iPhone. If you want to transfer all
data from iPhone to new iPhone, both iTunes and iCloud can help you make it. You just
need to first make a backup for the old iPhone and then restore it to your new iPhone.
However, iCloud only offers 5GB free storage space, it’s far from enough to backup
all your old iPhone data. Besides, you may also meet the messages didn’t transfer to new iPhone issue when trying to download texts from iCloud.
So you come to this page to find the no-iCloud way to help you
transfer messages. Well, If you do not mind transferring all old iPhone data to new iPhone,
then you can let iTunes help you. Or if you only want to transfer messages, you should turn
to one third-party tool for help.
Method 1. Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud but via AOMEI MBackupper
The easiest way to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud is using a
third-party tool. AOMEI MBackupper, one free iPhone backup and
restore tool is recommended here. It supports all models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to the
latest iPhone 11/SE 2020/12 and would be perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 14.
text messages/iMessages to new iPhone, AOMEI MBackupper will help you first backup the needed messages on the old iPhone and then restore the backup to the new iPhone without data erase.
★ Selectively Backup & Restore – It lets you backup and restore text messages and iMessages you need instead of all of them as per your needs.
★ No Data Loss After the Restore – It will not erase any existing messages or other data on your device and will only put the backup file to your device.
Next, I’ll show you the detailed steps to transfer messages to new iPhone via AOMEI MBackupper.
Step 1. Download, install and launch the tool > Connect your old iPhone to computer > Enter the passcode on iPhone to give your computer access to your device.
Step 2. Click Custom Backup option > Choose Messages to
select the iMessages or text messages you need > Click OK to confirm.
Step 3. Select the backup path > Click Start Backup button to start
backing up your messages.
Step 4. Unplug your old iPhone and connect your new iPhone to computer > Go to the Backup Management screen > Click the Restore option,
and then your messages would be transferred to the target phone.
After a moment, the messages will be transferred to your new iPhone. When the process is
finished, you can go to your iPhone to check the transferred messages.
Method 2. Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud but via iTunes
Another way to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud is using iTunes. iTunes
can help you make a backup for your old iPhone and then restore the backup to your new
iPhone including the messages.
→ You should know that you cannot choose to only restore messages. Besides, it will first erase the existed data on the new iPhone. If you still want to have a try, then follow the steps below to make it.
Step 1. Download and install the latest iTunes on computer > Connect your old iPhone to
computer and tap “Trust this computer” when the popup appears on the home screen.
Step 2. Click the Device tab > Click Summary.
Step 3. Select backup to This Computer > Click Back Up
Now. Wait for the backup to be finished.
Step 4. Connect your new iPhone to computer.
Step 5. Click Restore Backup… option at the Summary page
> Select the backup that contains the messages you want to transfer and click Restore to
Tip: Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud
From the above, you know how to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. In
case you may still interested in using iCloud to transfer messages, so I’ll also tell you
the steps in this part. There are two cases.
Transfer iMessages to from iPhone to iPhone
Apple has introduced iCloud syncing for Messages since iOS 11.4. It lets you sync iMessages
between your iDevices that have logged in with the same Apple account.
Go to Settings > Tap [your name] > iCloud > Find Messages and toggle it on > Do the
same on the new iPhone.
Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud Backup
Just like iTunes, you can make an iCloud backup and restore it to your new iPhone. All
messages and other data will also be transferred together.
1. Connect your two iPhones to the power source and Wi-Fi network.
2. On your old iPhone: go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Turn on iCloud Backup > Tap Back Up
Now and wait for the backup to be finished.
3. On your new iPhone: if you have already set it up, you should go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to reset your iPhone > Set up your iPhone
again until you see the Apps & Data screen and then choose Restore
from iCloud Backup.
Now you know how to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. With the help of AOMEI MBackupper, you can easily transfer messages only to another device without any data loss.
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