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While there's no direct method to hack your way into the iPhone file system to import SMSes from your Android phone, softwares do allow you to do that. For those of you who want to transfer their SMSes from Android phones to the iPhone, there's “Backuptrans Android SMS to iPhone Transfer” which helps you do just that.

Transferring music or contact data is usually easy. You have plenty of options including iTunes, Outlook and even other third-party services. In fact, if you've got an Apple account, you even have iCloud which can be used to transfer contacts and photos easily.

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But when it comes to SMSes, things get a little more than tricky. You have to rely on exporting the files from Android, converting them to “.db” and then importing them into the iPhone.

How to Transfer SMS from Android Phone to iPhone

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Developer: Dhvanesh Adhiya
Price: Free+

It's relatively easy to access Android's file-system but you hit a brick wall when you come to the iPhone. You'll need iFile or something of that sort to access the file system. Even then, how do you change the SMS exports to be readable by the iPhone?

That's where Backuptrans helped us.

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Here's how to use Backuptrans to transfer SMSes from your Android smartphone to iPhone.

  • You'll have to make sure that you have:
  • iTunes latest version (11, preferably)
  • Android and iPhone connected to your computer via USB cables
  • Backuptrans Android SMS to iPhone Transfer

How to:

  • Once you've connected your Android smarty, open the Backuptrans software.
  • Your Android device should be listed on the side pane. Right click it and select “Transfer Android SMS to iPhone”
  • The software will automatically push a window asking you to select the target iPhone.
  • Select the iPhone and press Confirm. The transfer will begin now. Once it's done, your iPhone should restart to refresh the messages.
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Check to see if the transfer is complete and successful.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of iGeeksBlog.com. He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

  • Robert Knecht

    DOESN’T WORK! Don’t waste your time. I got the software as a gift with a new iPhone 6s (re…placing my LG G3). Both devices connect, I uncheck everything except SMS (that’s all I really need), the transfer completes – 575 items and the iPhone reboots. NOTHING! Where are the messages??? It said it completed successfully, nowhere to be found on iPhone :-(

    • Lou DeRose

      Hi Robert!
      I see you’ve tried it all. I’m still having trouble with my HTC/iPhone transfer.
      I saw your response regarding MobileTrans, but I’m still waiting for their support to get back to me. Thanks for your help there. ALMOST got Move to iOS to work, but then it crashes at 44% EVERY TIME. Apple support is useless.


    • Innreously

      I highly recommend using Mobiledic Phone Transfer program to transfer messages from Android to iPhone, I’ve been using Mobiledic for 4 months and it enables me to transfer all data, and backup my iPhone to computer. I like it.

      Just try Mobiledic Phone Transfer.

  • Lisa White

    To transfer contents between android phone and iphone, you can also use Coolmsuter Phone Transfer to help.

  • mike

    this is completely useless

  • Jabs

    free can do only 20 sms… waste

  • SkAshe

    Thanks! Can’t wait to try it with my 5s!