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How to Transfer iPhone Text Messages to iPhone 7/SE/6S

“I am planning to buy the iPhone SE to replace the old iPhone 5S, and I wondering does anyone can help me transfer all my text messages from old iPhone 5S to iPhone SE with iTunes/iCloud, I have searched in the Apple App Store and can’t found any app supports transfer contacts between iPhone. Is there any way to copy text messages from iPhone 5S to iPhone SE directly?”


The new iPhone with 4 inch screen is named iPhone SE which is equipped the Tailor-made A8 processor and 1GB memory. In present, iPhone SE has four colors including Rose Gold, has two types of memory 16GB and 64GB. It is equipped 1624 mAh battery and have some function that NFC, Apple Pay and VoLTE. It is possible that it use A9 processor and M9 Coprocessor and wireless Hey Siri. Moreover, most people own an iPhone and they use it to communicate with other people by calling or sending messages. Text messaging is an amazing way to communicate with other people. Sometimes they are very important for people, because it makes people talk and connect even without seeing each other.

As an owner of an old iPhone 4S/5/5S, you may choose to get a relatively new iPhone like iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, the latest iPhone 7 for better using experience. And if you got a new iPhone device, how to move text messages from old iPhone to the new one is a useful trick to know. This article introduce 2 methods to transfer text messages from old iPhone to new iPhone SE/6S/7 and thoroughly solve all your questions on such issues.

Part 1. Transfer iPhone SMS to iPhone with Phone Transfer

Phone Transfer is a perfect and useful app to sync iPhone SMS to your new iPhone SE/6S device. It can save text messages, MMS & iMessages with attachments as a HTML/CSV/TXT file so you can easily transfer SMS from iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5/5S to iPhone SE/iPhone 7. It supports copy SMS/iMessages/MMS between two different models of iPhone even they are not in the same version of iOS( iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10). Besides text messages, contacts, call history, notes, photos are supported to copied from iPhone to iPhone SE/7/6S.

Step 1. Launch the Program and Choose the Transfer Mode

Your should install this app and run it on your computer. You will see the main window as follow. Choose the mode of “Phone to Phone Transfer”, and press “Start” to go on.

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Step 2. Connect Your Two Phones to Your Computer

According to the main interface, you need to connect your two phones to your computer. When the two devices are well connected, their names should be shown on the screen. The source phone should be old iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5/5S and destination phone should be iPhone SE. If the position was wrong, click ‘Flip’ button to switch positions.

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Step 3. Start Transferring Text Messages from iPhone to iPhone

Check the content you need to transfer and click “Start Copy” to begin the transfer process. Your data will begins to transfer from old iPhone to iPhone SE.

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Part 2. Transfer Text Messages with iCloud Backup

Text messages are contained within the iCloud backup. So you can use iCloud backup to transfer and restore all your text messages from old iPhone 4/4S/5/5S to another, like iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7.

1. Connect the old iPhone to a power source and turn on Wi-Fi.
2. On the old iPhone tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
3. Open iCloud Backup.
4. Tap Back Up Now.
5. Turn on your new iPhone. When asked, tap Restore from iCloud Backup and Next. If you have already been through the setup process, you’ll need to reset your iPhone. Tap on Settings > General > Reset and > Erase All Content and Settings.
6. Enter your Apple ID and Password.


As you see, you can use iCloud backup to transfer and restore all your text messages from one iPhone to iPhone 7/6S/SE. However, not only texts, some other content you may want to sync. To transfer messages and other data from old iPhone to new iPhone 6S/SE/7, we will introduce you an alternative option to go – with Phone Transfer.

Read More:

How to Copy Contacts from iPhone 4/4S/5/5C to iPhone SE

How to Sync SMS from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S7

How to Transfer Samsung Contacts to iPhone SE/6/6S

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