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How to Transfer Text Messages Between Android and iPhone 7

If you have been an Android user for a considerable period of time, you might wish to switch back to iPhone for a change or vice versa. You can go straight to a mobile shop and buy a new iPhone7 or Galaxy S8. But wait, what about the Text messages, you had in your old Android phone? If they are as equally important as the new device, you would definitely want to get your SMS database transferred from Android to iPhone 7, and this is where you would find certain difficulties in doing it.

Well, the article here will help you sort out how to easily transfer SMS from Android to iPhone 7 using simple and easier tricks and methods.

What are the difficulties of transferring Text messages?

The basic problem of transferring SMS database from Android to the iOS device is that the format of text database in iPhone is not the same used in Android phones.

Due to the incompatibility issue of the format difference, your iPhone would not accept the SMS database you earlier had in your Android.

In short, there is no provision for the format conversion of text messages.Thus, the methods mentioned below will help you accomplish your job. The methods mentioned here in the following article require few basic things. First, both the devices and second the basic knowledge of how to handle the device operations.

Method 1: How to Transfer SMS from iPhone to Android

This method requires the application of two essential tools, iSMS2droid & SMS Backup & Restore. Thus download and install them on your Android phone before starting with the methods.

Step 1: Plug in your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes from there.

Step 2: On the left bar, click on your iPhone and choose the “Backup” option from the drop down list.

Step3: Once you are done with this much, you now have to locate your backup file. For that you have to go to the following locations:

  • Windows Users: C://[Users]/[Username]/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/Mobile Sync
  • Mac Users: /Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

Step 4: You would get to see many random character files, simply open the one with the recent timestamp. You can search for file, 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28.

Step 5: After you have found out the file, copy and paste it to your Android Phone’s internal storage or SD card.

Step 6: Now open your Android device and run the iSMS2droid utility then choose “Select iPhone SMS Database”.

Step 7: After you have done this, simply locate and select the file: 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28.

Step 8: Choose all the text messages that are going to be converted to XML files, and your conversion will start.

Step 9: After the completion of the conversion process, open another tool “SMS Backup & Restore” and tap on “Restore” option which will retrieve you all the converted files from the directory, and then tap ‘ok”.

Step 10: Now you can choose to Restore all messages or from any particular date, and press “Ok”. You will be prompted to check for the duplicate messages during the restoring process.

Step11: After the completion of the restoring process, you would get to see the number of messages that have been restored and also the number of messages that have not been restored. Check your Inbox now to be sure.

Method 2: Utilizing PhoneTrans Tool

This method would also employ the implementation of another tool called PhoneTrans. The method is quite user-friendly. It is able to transfer data between Android and iPhone in a straightforward way, including contacts, SMS, call log and media files. In addition, you can also use the tool to backup SMS to computer.

Step 1. Download the tool and install it on your PC and then run it.

Step 2. Click on “Phone to Phone Transfer” and then go to “iPhone to Android transfer” option.

Step 3: Plug in your iPhone and Android phone to your PC. Your computer would detect and scan both the devices and would disclose all the contents in their respective manner in the new window.

Step 4: Once you have done this much, select the “SMS” from the content transferring menu list, and click on “Start Transfer”.

Method 3: Manual Transfer

All the methods explained above require basic know-how of the devices. Thus instead of choosing the difficult pathways, it would be better if you first select which messages are very important to you. If they are less in number, you can simply type the contents on your Android device and save it.

This will save you the trouble of going through so many hectic tasks.

NOTE: If the number messages are large, then manual typing would not be able to aid your purpose.


All the methods mentioned here in this article are quite simple and easier to implement.

The basic complexity of the task is to change the text file format of iPhone to the Android file format. For this simple reason, all the aforementioned tools are put to use. If the methods are found to be hard, the user can choose the third method for easier solution.