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. How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud but via FoneTool
The easiest way to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud is using a third-party tool. FoneTool, one professional iPhone backup and restore tool is recommended here. It supports all models of iPhone from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 11/SE 2020/12/13/14 and would be perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 16.
To transfer text messages/iMessages to new iPhone, FoneTool 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 FoneTool.
How to Transfer Text Messages to New iPhone without iCloud
Step 1. Download, install and launch the tool > Connect your old iPhone to computer.
Step 2. Click the Selective Backup option under More Features> Choose Messages to select the iMessages or text messages you need > Click OK to confirm.
Step 3. Click Backup Storage Path to 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 History 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.
► Note: If you want to transfer messages and other files with one click, the iPhone to iPhone Transfer tool can help you with this.
Method 2. Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud but via iTunes
Another way to transfer text messages to new 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.
Transfer Text Messages to New iPhone without iCloud but via iTunes
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 start.
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 FoneTool, you can easily transfer selected messages to another device without any data loss. Besides, it also supports transferring contacts, photos, songs, and videos. Download FoneTool to discover more
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FoneTool Runs Perfectly on
- iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
- iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
- 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