How to transfer SMS from an old iPhone to a new one?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by seasurfer, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. seasurfer macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    I only want to transfer my SMS, I do not want to transfer other files. How do I do that?

    Please help me, I would like to save some of my most precious messages. Thank you.
  2. Honey Badger macrumors 6502a

    Honey Badger

    Jul 14, 2011
    Im no expert and there might be a better way, but some random suggestions to make sure you get at least something without a total loss: take a screen shot of each message using the sleep/home button combo or copy and paste each message to email and then email them to yourself or if you have iMessage on your computer there may be a library/data file with those messages...good luck.
  3. 6thDAY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    you should try either Wondershare MobileTrans or BackupTrans.

    BackupTrans only allow backup and restoration of sms only, no attachments in the sms, and cheaper.

    MobileTrans backs up both sms and its attachments, as well as other things, but more expensive.
  4. seasurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
  5. Fantasigraphic macrumors 65816

    Mar 25, 2009
    Itool used to let you do it but not sure now.
  6. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Last time I looked iBackupBot allows you to edit a backup so you can selectively restore or add additional items to a backup.

    Plan B: Are you able to restore a full backup of the old phone onto the new one and then delete the stuff you don't want from the new phone?
  7. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    That would literally take years. I send over 1.000 messages per day lol
  8. Honey Badger macrumors 6502a

    Honey Badger

    Jul 14, 2011
    Well in your case it might be time to see a therapist instead. lol
  9. emjaycee18 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    Just back up to iCloud and deselect everything. When you transfer phones, just restore from that particular backup.

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