How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to Android

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to Android
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Here are three ways to export text messages from iPhone, using iExplorer, Mobile Transfer, or iSMS2droid. Follow this article and transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone and other devices like Andro

Well, text messages are taking over, replacing phone calls and e-mail. Here I want to introduce you three ways to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to Android. Here comes the best three ways to transfer text messages from phone to phone with Mobile Transfer, iExplorer, or iSMS2droid (apart from using iTunes to transfer messages to iPhone from old iPhone).


(Supported devices includes Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge/Samsung Galaxy S7/iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus/LG G5/Motorola Moto Z/HTC 10 as well as the coming Samsung Galaxy S8/Samsung Galaxy Note 8/Google Pixel 2/Huawei P10/iPhone 8, Fully compatible with iOS 10 and Android 7.0)


Part One:

Method 1: How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone via Mobile Transfer
Method 2: Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone by iExplorer
Method 3: Transfer Text messages from iPhone to Android with iSMS2droid (only from iPhone to Android)


Part Two:

1. Compare these three methods:
2. What You May Need Afterward: SMS Backup+ (Backup Android Messages)



Part One:

Method 1: How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone via Mobile Transfer

( also transfer messages from iPhone to Android, Android to iPhone, Android to Android)

Mobile Transfer (Phone to Phone Transfer) is a reliable and professional 1 click phone to phone transfer tool, which is designed to transfer photos, music, video, contacts, text messages, Transfer call logs, calendar, Kik, WhatsApp and other apps between Android, iPhone, Nokia phones and even BlackBerry.

Steps for How to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone, Android:

Download the free trial version here:

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Step 1. Install Transfer to transfer SMS from iPhone to iPhone, Android

Firstly, run the transfer software, click "Phone to Phone Transfer" option.





Step 2. Connect your iPhone and Android device to PC

The program will detect and scan the contents in your phone once you connect your iPhone and Android phone to PC. Then, after a few minutes, all the contents will be listed as follow.





Step 3. Transfer iPhone Messages/SMS to iPhone/Android

Go directly to select SMS and click "Start Transfer" to run transferring SMS from iPhone to iPhone/Android.


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You may also need: Practical Ways to Transfer Contacts from iCloud to Android?

Method 2: Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone by iExplorer

Through iExplorer to Backup Text Messages to computer as a .PDF, .TXT, or .CSV document, and then transfer the file to iPhone/Android.

Follow the simple steps to export text messages from iPhone:
  • Connect iPhone or iPad to computer, and open iExplorer.
  • Click on “Data” in the Overview screen, and then click the “Messages” tab.

  • If you already have an iTunes backup which is created more than 24 hours ago, iExplorer will ask whether you would like to Use Last Backup or Refresh to create a new one. If no iTunes backup was detected on the PC, iExplorer will ask you to create one.

  • You can choose a conversation in the left panel as soon as the iExplorer has finished loading the Messages. Selecting one and using the icons at the top of the conversation-view, by which you can filter messages by date, export the whole conversation, or show attachments only.




  • Don't want to transfer the entire conversation? You can select each message bubble, or multiples, and then click the "Export # Messages".



Method 3: Transfer Text messages from iPhone to Android with iSMS2droid

(Free Online iPhone SMS to Android Converter, only from iPhone to Android)


FEATURES of iSMS2droid:

  • Backup SMS (text) Messages and call logs in XML format.
  • Local device backup with options to automatically upload to Email, Google Drive or Dropbox
  • Able to search your backup and select which text conversations to backup or restore.

Note: Skip step 1 If you have a recent backup of your iPhone:

Step 1. Right-click your iPhone icon in the left pane and make an backup in iTunes.
Step 2. Depending on your operating system, you can find the iTunes backup in the respective folder:

  • Windows 7/Vista
  • C:Users[USERNAME]AppDataRoamingApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

  • Windows XP
  • C:Documents and Settings[USERNAME]Application DataApple ComputerMobileSyncBackup

  • Mac OS X
  • ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

  • Linux
  • "/itunes/?/you're/kidding/me/right/?"(seriously, i have no idea if that's ever gonna happen)

(Note: If there's more than one folder in there, look for the one which doesn't have a timestamp (-YYYYMMDD-HHMMSS) at the end, and open it.
Older iTunes versions may use the extensions ".mddata" or ".mdbakup")


And then Copy the file "3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28" to your desktop. Or you can rename "3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28" to "sms.db", if you want it to be neat and easy to recognize.


Step 3. Choose to download iSMS2droid on Google Play or Convert Online

Option 1) Get the iSMS2droid App on Google Play


First, download iSMS2droid App on Google Play, then you should copy your iPhone SMS database file "3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28"(if you renamed it, find "sms.db") to your phone's internal storage.

Note: If you also have an external storage (SD card), transfer SMS database file to the internal storage, otherwise it will NOT work!

Next, you can now install SMS Backup & Restore (Google Play Link) to your Android phone, "Restore" >> "iSMS2droid.xml". That’s all done!


Option 2) Convert your iPhone SMS database online
Go to iSMS2droid App website, and follow the backup process.


3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 How to read with sms.db viewer? Choose your iPhone SMS database file "3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28"(if you renamed it, find "sms.db"), select your iOS version, and decide to convert SMS or iMessages (also can choose SMS & iMessage). At last, “click convert”.

Next, create the folder SMSBackupRestore on your phone's storage (if it doesn't exist yet), and copy the downloaded XML via USB cable/Dropbox/etc. into that folder--SMSBackupRestore.

And then install SMS Backup & Restore (Here is its Google Play Link) on your Android phone, launch it, tap on "Restore", select the XML file you copied over and voilá! (that's french for "tada!")

Part Two:

1. Compare these three methods: iExplorer, Mobile Transfer, or iSMS2droid.

If you want to backup SMS/iMessages only:
  • Go iExplorer if you do not mind convert sms.db to .PDF, .TXT, or .CSV only.
  • Go iSMS2droid if you want convert iPhone SMS to xml. You may have duplicate text message problem after upgrading phone, iSMS2droid can solved it spectacularly. But some people may asked for isms2droid alternative as the steps are a little bit not simple to follow.

If you want More rather than only SMS/iMessages:
  • Go Mobile Transfer and it can help you switch phone in one click, with more supported file types, like photos, music, video, contacts, text messages, Kik, WhatsApp.
Also, Mobile Transfer also can transfer these files between iOS and other devices, such as How to Transfer WhatsApp Message from Android to iPhone?


2. What You May Need Afterward: SMS Backup+

After you finish switching phone from iPhone to Android, you may also need this information, backup SMS on Android.
"SMS Backup+, a free app in the Google Play Store, that syncs your messages to your Gmail account for safe storage"

What you need are:
  • Your Android phone
  • A free copy of SMS Backup+ from the Google Play Store
  • A Gmail account

Or you can also use Mobile Transfer software, and then you could save the messages to a memory card, Dropbox, or your google drive.