How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud

What do you do when you need to transfer messages from one iPhone to another? Without the right know-how or the right tool, transferring data from one iPhone to another can be daunting. Even with the official channels, iTunes and iCloud, you can not transfer only messages from one iPhone to another. In this article, we take a look at 2 ways to transfer messages from one iPhone to another without using iCloud.

1. Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes

If you would rather not use iCloud to transfer messages from one iPhone to another, the only other alternative is to use iTunes. You can simply backup the messages in one iPhone to iTunes and then restore the messages to the other iPhone. Its main shortage is you can’t just restore messages. To transfer messages, you have to restore all the data on your device which can be problematic when all you need to transfer are messages.

Backup Messages from iPhone A to iTunes

To backup messages on an iPhone to iTunes, follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer and then connect iPhone A to the computer.

Step 2: If there is a message on the device asking you to “Trust This Computer,” follow the instructions.

Step 3: Select the iPhone once it appears in iTunes and click “Back Up Now.” Keep the device connected to the computer until the backup is complete.

Backup Messages from iPhone A to iTunes

Restore iTunes Backup to iPhone B via iTunes

Now you only need to restore the backup we created above to iPhone B to transfer the messages. Follow these simple steps to do it.

Step 1: Connect iPhone B to the computer and when asked to “Trust this Computer”, follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 2: Select the iPhone when it appears in iTunes and then select “Restore Backup” in iTunes.

Step 3: Choose the backup you created with iPhone A and click “Restore.”Wait for the process to complete and disconnect the device when sync is complete.

Restore iTunes Backup to iPhone B via iTunes

2. Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone Using 3rd Party-Tool

Using a 3rd party tool like iMyFone D-Port Pro eliminates this problem, allowing you to simply select the messages you need and thereby transfer only messages. With iMyFone D-Port Pro, you can create a complete or partial backup of iPhone A to your computer and then use the same program to selectively restore the messages you need to iPhone B. Here are some of the program’s features.

  • You can create a backup of just messages, WhatsApp or WeChat data, or a full backup of the device in a single-click.
  • You can restore just messages, WhatsApp or WeChat data from iMyFone, iTunes and iCloud backup without reseting your device.
  • It can also be used to extract up to 18 different types of data from backup files or the iOS device to computer, such as messages, notes, photos and more.

Backup Only Messages from iPhone A Using D-Port Pro

Step 1: Begin by downloading and installing iMyFone D-Port Pro to your computer and then follow these simple steps to backup messages from iPhone A.

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Step 2: Launch iMyFone D-Port Pro and from the main window, select “Back Up & Export from Device” and then select “Back Up Messages.” You may be prompted to connect iPhone A to your computer if you haven’t already done so.

back up messages on iOS device

Step 3: Click “Back Up” in the next window and the program will immediately begin backing up the messages on your iPhone. Once the process is complete, you will be notified that your messages have been successfully backed up.

backing up messages

If you have backed up your messages on your old iPhone using iTunes, you could also use D-Port Pro to restore only messages from iTunes backup to your iPhone.

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Restore Only Messages to iPhone B Using D-Port Pro

To transfer the backed-up messages to iPhone B, follow these simple steps.

Step 1: In the program’s main window click “Restore Backup to Device” and then select the backup that contains the messages you want to restore.

choose to restore a full backup

Step 2: Connect the second iPhone (iPhone B) to the computer and wait for the D-Port Pro to recognize it. Then click “Next” in the following screen.

choose a message backup

Step 3: The program will take some time to scan the backup selected for the messages. Once the scan is complete, the messages will be displayed in the next window. From here, preview the messages and then click “Restore.” The program will begin the process immediately and notify you when the process is complete.

preview messages in backup

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