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3 Best Ways to Transfer Messages from Android to iPhone [2023]

Myra updated on Mar 31, 2023 | Home > Mobile Transfer

Most times, the chat history will sync when you sign in to the same messaging app on a different device. Nevertheless, if you are switching from Android to iPhone, the text messages cannot be synced. Some of the text conversations may contain important information about your work and life, so it is necessary to know how to transfer text messages from Android to your new iPhone.

You have fewer options for sending a copy of text messages from Android to iPhone than you do for moving contacts, documents, and other media assets since certain techniques are ineffective for moving message data. This post will focus on how to transfer SMS from Android to iPhone in 3 different ways. Find detailed guides in the following parts. 

Can You Transfer Text Messages from Android to iPhone

In a word, yes. How to sync content between the two devices is the biggest concern people have when migrating from Android to iPhone. Text messages are typically neglected in favor of other file types such as contacts, notes, videos, photos, and documents most of the time. Despite the fact that sending text messages from Android to iPhone is more difficult than sending other types of data, it is still feasible with the right tools.

Transfer Messages from Android to iPhone via Move to iOS (New iPhone)

It is not surprising that you are busy with transferring apps and data if you just got an iPhone 14 or iPhone 13. Fortunately, Apple provides a free app that allows you to transfer data from Android to iPhone 14. In this case, text messages from Android to iPhone easily. If you have already set up your new iPhone, you must first perform a factory reset on your phone because the app only functions before setup.

Steps to transfer messages from Android to iPhone 14:

Step 1. Press down the Side button to turn on your iPhone 14 and place it close to your Android device.

Step 2. Follow the on-screen setup instructions and tap Set Up Manually on the Quick Start screen.

Step 3. Tap Move Data from Android in the Apps & Data screen.

Step 4. Keep following the on-screen instructions until a code appears on your iPhone.

Step 5. On your Android device, download the Move to iOS app from Google Play and open it.

Step 6. Enable the Wi-Fi and follow the onscreen steps to enter the code.

Step 7. Join a temporary Wi-Fi network created by the iPhone.

Step 8. Select Messages or other content you want to transfer and tap Continue.

Step 9. Wait until the messaging migration process is completed on both devices. 

transfer data

Transfer Messages from Android to iPhone via Smart Switch (Samsung Galaxy)

A Samsung Galaxy phone has a preinstalled app called Smart Switch that lets you transfer data from Samsung to iPhone via a USB cable. You need to make sure that your iOS version is iOS 10 or higher. 

Before performing a wired transfer from Galaxy to iPhone, you will need:

  • The cable that came with your iOS phone. 
  • (Optional) a USB to USB-C adapter if your iPhone doesn't have a lightning to USB-C or USB-C to USB-C cable. 

How to transfer SMS from Android to iPhone with Samsung's Smart Switch

Step 1. Connect the Android device and iPhone using the cable (and the USB adapter if necessary).

Step 2. On the iPhone, open Settings and tap on the name at the top of the screen.

Step 3. Tap iCloud and turn on Messages to get the iPhone ready for receiving and backing up SMS messages.

Step 4. Launch the Smart Switch app on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone and click Send data from the screen.

Step 5. use iPhone/iPad as the source. 

Step 6. Select Cable as the way of data transfer. 

Step 7. Touch Trust and then Next on the iOS device. The Android device will start to scan for items to transfer.

Step 8.  After seeing a list of all transferable items along with their data sizes, select Messages.

Step 9. Click Transfer at the bottom of the screen and follow the onscreen steps.

select data

Text messages from your Android phone will start to transfer to your new iPhone. The processing time varies depending on the number of your messages you have.

Transfer Messages from Android to iPhone via a Phone Transfer Tool

Another effective way to transfer messages from Android to iPhone after setup is through a phone transfer tool. MobileTrans provides a seamless cross-platform data transfer experience and lets you transfer all types of personal data like videos, photos, contacts, messages, call logs and any more from Android to iPhone or vice versa. 

Benefits of using MobileTrans:

  • No need to root or jailbreak any Android or iOS devices
  • Transfers files safely without resetting devices or deleting original data
  • Friendly to use as it takes only one click to move files
  • Allows selectively moving data
  • Supports sending data between mobile devices and computers
  • Retains the quality of your data


The quickest and most comprehensive way to transfer messages from Android to iPhone is through an Android-to-iPhone transfer tool. 

FAQs on Transferring Messages from Android to iPhone

1. How do I transfer text messages from Android to iPhone 13?

  • Launch MobileTrans on your computer.
  • Connect the Android device and iPhone to the computer.
  • Use the Android to iOS mode.
  • Select Messages in the list to transfer.
  • Click Transfer to begin transferring messages from Android to iPhone.

2. Can you transfer data from Android to iPhone?

Yes, you can send various types of data from Android to iPhone including WhatsApp, messages, photos, videos, music, files and folders, contacts, apps, calendars, call logs, accessibility settings, display settings, web bookmarks, and mail accounts. 

3. How to transfer messages from Android to iPhone with a SIM card? 

Text messages are typically stored on a phone's internal memory rather than on the SIM card by default. Therefore, it's unlikely that you can use a SIM card to transfer messages from Android to iPhone.

4. Can Smart Switch transfer from Samsung to iPhone?

The Smart Switch feature is only available on Samsung Galaxy phones. You can use it to transfer data from Android to Android or Android to iPhone.

5. Can you use Move to iOS after setup?

No, you can't use Move to iOS after the iPhone setup. You need to restore your iPhone to the factory settings and start it with the Hello page. Then you can follow the onscreen instructions to use the Move to iOS app for syncing data from Android to iPhone. 



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