By Lena / Last update February 25, 2022

How to transfer messages from iPhone 7 to iPhone SE

I have many old messages on my old iPhone 7, so anybody could tell me how to transfer these messages to my new iPhone SE? Thanks!

- Question from Apple Community

Your new iPhone SE might have been delivered to you and you can’t wait to use it. You should know that there are still many useful data on your old iPhone, so transfer data from old iPhone to iPhone SE first.  You might find the chat history many years ago when you were very upset and your friends were soothing you. Besides, there could be useful proof in the conversation, which you might need in the future.

iPhone Messages Icon

In short, text messages are your story. It is a pity to let them go with your old iPhone. Your messages could be needed for different purposes, so you need to save them in different ways. There are three ways that can help you transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone SE. This article will detail each of these methods in turn.

If you have used WhatsApp on your old iPhone, you can refer to this How to transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone guide to move WhatsApp chat history.

1. Quick way to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone SE 2022

Your messages should be fully controlled by yourself, so you need a professional tool to help you. AOMEI MBackupper is one easy-to-use iPhone management tool that supports data backup and transfer. You could use it to transfer all or selected text messages from old iPhone to iPhone SE.

  •  Filter the unnecessary messages like Verification Code

  • Save all the messages on PC and view them anytime

  • Transfer messages to another device without data erasing

  • Support all models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to iPhone 13

How to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone SE 2022

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI MBackupper > Connect old iPhone to computer.

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Step 2. On the home interface, click Custom Backup > choose Messages.

Custom Backup

Step 3. Then you select which messages you want to transfer > Then click OK.

Select Messages

Step 4. Select a path to save your messages > Click Start Backup to save the selected messages to computer.

Backup Messages

Step 5. When it's done, disconnect the old iPhone and then connect iPhone SE to computer.

Step 6. Select the task in Backup Management and then select Restore. You could still click the message icon now to preview and select messages one more time. Click Start Restore to transfer messages to iPhone SE.

Restore Messages to Device

Tips: If you need to preview the saved messages on computer, you could select the task in Backup Management, and then click the Browse to view them via AOMEI MBackupper.

AOMEI MBackupper also provides iPhone to iPhone Transfer to help you transfer all content and settings to new iPhone with one click.

iPhone to iPhone Transfer

2. How to sync messages from iPhone to iPhone SE with iCloud

Apple has really considered users’ needs of transferring data between iPhone, and that’s why iCloud is added to iPhone. It makes you transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone without backup. Just need to turn on Messages in iCloud and you could download these messages to another device.

You just need to go to Settings on the old iPhone > [your name] > iCloud to toggle on Messages. You should make sure that your iPhone has been connected to the Internet. After that, toggle on Messages on your new iPhone SE in the same way. Wait for several minutes to transfer all the messages from the old iPhone to new iPhone SE.

Turn on iCloud Messages

It seems very convenient to transfer messages to your new iPhone SE in this way, but there are also some disadvantages. iCloud would sync messages on all your devices, if you don’t need any messages on one device and delete them, they would be also deleted on the other devices.

3. How to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone SE with iTunes

If you want to save all the data on the old iPhone, you could use iTunes. Before that, you should know what iTunes backup includes because if you save iPhone messages to iCloud first, iTunes would not save these messages one more time.

Please note that the messages and all other iPhone data will be transferred together. If you want to transfer selected messages, please refer to Part 1 to get the method.  If you are OK with that, follow the steps to import messages to your new iPhone:

1. Download iTunes to computer, and connect old iPhone to iTunes with USB cable.

2. Click the device icon in the upper-left corner > Go to Summary > Select This Computer > Click Back Up Now.

3. When the backup is complete, disconnect the old iPhone and connect iPhone SE to computer.

4. Go to Summary > Click Restore Backup > Select the right backup to start.



Your iPhone messages are important and you could use the 3 ways in this passage to transfer messages from iPhone 4/5/6/7/8 to iPhone SE 2022.

iCloud and iTunes do not support selective transfer. If you want to transfer selected messages, AOMEI MBackupper is recommended. In addition, you can also let it help you transfer contacts, photos, songs, etc. Go for it now and discover more!

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iOS Versions
  • iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
  • iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
iOS Devices
  • iPhone 14/14 Pro (Max), 13/13 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 12/12 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max)
  • iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st, 2nd, 3rd generations)
  • iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7
  • All models of iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPad