Getting a new phone is always exciting. Once you have purchased your new Android phone, you can copy messages from iPhone to Android. Since your iPhone and Android phone operate using two completely different systems, you will not be able to transfer any of your text messages directly to your new phone. The good news is you can transfer your text messages from iPhone to Android using the methods outlined below.

You have four different options, with each one much easier to use than you might imagine. Simply follow the steps listed for the method of your choice. One method is not necessarily any better than another. It is simply about your preferences. Once your messages have been transferred, you will get even more enjoyment out of your new Android phone.

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1. Transfer Messages from iPhone to Android via iTunes Backup

You can manually copy your text messages from your iPhone. You can then use your iTunes back up to move your messages to Android. This method is a little more difficult, but if you follow the steps below you should not have any issues.

  • Connect your computer to your iPhone. Open iTunes, then choose your device icon once it appears.
  • Navigate to the Summary page, then choose Back Up Now.
  • When your backup is complete, open your local folder with your iPhone backup. If you are using a Windows computer, your are looking for \Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\. If you are using a Mac computer, you are looking for ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/.
  • Find the folder with the most current timestamp. Open the folder, then look for the file named 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28. This is a database file containing your text messages.
  • Copy and paste the above file into the new storage for your Android.

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  • Go to Google Play, then download and install iSMS2droid on your Android phone.
  • Open your app, then tap the button labeled Import Messages. You need to temporarily change you default messages by accepting the requested iSMS2droid permissions.
  • Once the dialog has opened, choose the message database you just transferred to your Android phone. Look for Import All Messages, then select. The process to import your text messages to your Android will now begin. You will also receive a support document.
  • Once your transfer is complete, go back to your messaging app. Now switch back to your default app. You can now read all of your text messages on your Android phone.


2. Transfer Messages from iPhone to Android via Phone Copier

This application is available for iPhones and Androids. The app will download your text message backup directly to your Android.

  • Download, then install the Phone Copier app on both phones. Open the iPhone version, then create an account. You will then be able to back up your text messages on the cloud.
  • On the Android device, click on the Download option which says Restore from Cloud Storage. It will start the copying process of the messages from your iPhone to your Android. Wait for a few minutes, until the copy is complete. You now have all the messages of your iPhone on the Android phone.
  • Open your text messages on your Android and enjoy.

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3. Transfer Messages from iPhone to Android via SIM Card

If you do not want to use an app, you can transfer your messages simply by using your SIM card. Despite the simplicity of this method, it does not always work.

  • Open your iPhone, and then save all of your text messages onto your SIM card.
  • Take the SIM card out of your Android, and then install the card from your iPhone. If your SIM card does not fit properly, this method will not work. Do not attempt to force your SIM card into your phone.
  • Turn on your Android phone. Watch your screen during this process. You should see a prompt asking if you want to import your contacts and messages from your SIM card. Click on Import.
  • Wait for your phone to turn on. Your text messages should now be available on your Android phone.

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Tip. Transfer Messages from an iPhone to a Samsung Phone

Since we've received many questions about switching from iPhone to Samsung, here we are giving you a tip to transfer messages from an iPhone to a Samsung phone. If you have purchased a Samsung phone, you should have an adapter in the box. This will enable you to transfer your text messages from your iPhone.

  • Completely charge both of your phones. Open your iPhone, then turn off your iMessage.
  • Open your Smart Switch app on your Android phone. You will most likely need to wait until the app has downloaded.
  • Once your app has opened, you will receive a prompt for receiving or sending data. Select Receive. You will then be prompted to choose between Wi-Fi and cable. Both options will work.

transfer messages via samsung smart switch

If you are using cable as opposed to Wi-Fi, you need to connect your phones with the lightning cable you received with your iPhone and use the adapter from your Android to connect both phones together, which is not necessary if you are using Wi-Fi.
  • Choose the data you want to import from your iPhone. In this instance, select SMS messages. SMS is simply another word for text messages.
  • Tap Trust on your iPhone. You will now see a message pop up on your Samsung stating your phone is being connected to your iPhone. If your iPhone backup is encrypted, you will need to enter your Apple ID password on your iPhone.
  • Wait until your Samsung phone has finished scanning your old phone for data. Now you can select the type of data you are importing. Tap on the transfer arrow. Your transfer may take a few minutes or require as long as one hour.


We hope you will enjoy your new Android phone, now complete with all of your messages. We understand the importance of your conversations. If at any time you decide you want to transfer any messages you did not include in your initial transfer, simply select the method you want to use and repeat the process.