How to Transfer Only Messages from iPhone to iPhone

Just want to transfer iPhone messages not all data? This guide will tell you how to transfer only messages from iPhone to iPhone with/without backup.


By Dylan / Updated on September 20, 2023

Share this: instagram reddit

When you get a new iPhone, you will want to move some important data from old iPhone to new iPhone, such as messages, photos, contacts, music, apps, etc. Especially messages, which cover many precious connections with family, lovers, friends and colleagues. And sometimes, you just want to know how to transfer only messages from iPhone to iPhone.

iphone messages icon

In this guide, I will show you 2 easy ways to know how to transfer just messages from iPhone to iPhone with/without backup.

How to transfer only messages from iPhone to iPhone with/without backup

> If you want to transfer all messages from iPhone to iPhone without backup, you can take method 1-Sync with iCloud.
> If you want to flexibly and selectively transfer text messages with backup, another quick and simple way is to use FoneTool.

Method 1. Transfer only messages from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud syncing

When it comes to data transfer/backup, you may use iCloud to sync messages. Since iOS 11.4 and later, Apple has introduced a feature to sync messages on iCloud.

If your phone is running on iPhone 11.4 or newer iOS firmware, you just have to turn on message sync in iCloud, all your messages will be stored in the cloud and synced across all your iOS devices by logging into the same Apple ID.

♦iCloud only offers 5 GB of free space. If your iCloud is running out of storage, you can upgrade your storage plan or turn to method 2 in this post.
♦iCloud is a great way to transfer messages between iDevices, but it must be based on the same Apple ID, all messages you don't want to transfer including SMS/MMS messages, iMessages, text messages will be moved to another device.

Step 1. Make sure you have a stable Wi-Fi connection. Open Settings app.

Step 2. Tap [your name], click iCloud.

Step 3. Scroll down and find Messages button and toggle it to green.

Step 4. Later, after you've set up your new iPhone, log in with the same iCloud account to wait for the sync, and you'll see the message from your old iPhone.

icloud messages

Method 2. Transfer just messages from iPhone to iPhone with backup

If you only want to transfer selected messages, FoneTool is recommended to you. FoneTool is one easy-to-use iPhone transfer and backup tool that can fully transfer data from iPhone to iPhone/computer. What’s more, it allows you to selectively transfer contacts, photos, messages, music, videos from iPhone to iPhone with different Apple ID. Below are some of its advantages:

Features and advantages of FoneTool:

● Preview and select the messages-Transfer specific SMS/MMS messages, iMessages, or all messages as needed.
● No Apple ID restrictions-It allows you to transfer data from one Apple ID to another Apple ID.
● No data loss-No need to reset your new iPhone if you've been using it for a while and you won't lose any existing data stored on the device during the transfer process.
● Wide compatibility-It supports all iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 SE 2022 and is perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 16.

Now, download FoneTool on your computer to see how to transfer only messages from iPhone to iPhone with backup.

Download FreewareWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Step 1. Connect the old iPhone to your computer with USB cable, run FoneTool. If this is the first time you've connected your old iPhone to your computer, you'll need to tap Trust this computer.

Step 2. Click Phone Backup on the left side of the interface, and choose Selective Backup .

custom backup

Step 3. Choose Messages to select the iMessages and text messages you want to transfer, click OK to confirm.

select messages

Step 4. Click Backup Storage Path Choose the storage path to save the messages, click Start Backup to start backing up your messages.

change path

Step 5. Unplug your old iPhone and then connect your new iPhone to computer, go to the Backup History screen, click the Restore option.

restore to device

Tip: Besides selective transfer, you can also quickly transfer all data and settings from old iPhone to new iPhone by clicking on iPhone to iPhone Transfer option.


That’s all about on how to transfer only messages from iPhone to iPhone. If you choose to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud sync, you may encounter some problems like iCloud storage is full, iCloud backup failed, etc. In this case, why not choose FoneTool to help you transfer only messages from iPhone to iPhone? It will always keep your data safe.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.