How to Transfer iPhone Text Messages to Android

Switching from iPhone to Android phone is not as difficult as you might think. The most tedious part is moving all your personal belongings. We will show you how to transfer SMS messages from iPhone to Android, including iMessages.

Along with photos and videos, text messages are probably one of the things you care about the most when changing phones. Nobody wants to lose all their conversations, some of which can be very important. The good news is that you don’t need to.

Prepare your iPhone

The first thing we need to do is prepare your iPhone for text messaging. To do this, we just need to make sure you sync your messages to iCloud.

First, open the Settings app.

Tap your profile at the top of the screen.

Select iCloud.

Scroll down and make sure “Messages” is enabled.

That’s all! We are ready to go.

Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy

Samsung offers an app called “Smart Switch” that you can use to move text messages (and other things) from your iPhone to your Galaxy phone. You will need the small USB-C to USB-A adapter that comes with your Samsung phone. If you don’t have one, you can buy a cheap USB-C to USB-A adapter  online.

First, open the “Smart Switch” app on your Galaxy phone – download here – and select “Get Data”.

Select “iPhone/iPad” as the source.

Connect the adapter to your Samsung phone, and then connect it to your iPhone with a USB Lightning cable.

The Smart Switch will start “Searching for Data to Transfer”. When it’s done, you’ll see a list of things you can transfer from your iPhone. Select “Messages” and whatever else you might need and click “Submit”.

This process may take some time depending on what you are transferring. You can select “Keep Screen On” to keep it on.

Once this is done, you can click “Next”.

The next screen will remind you to turn off iMessage on your iPhone to make sure you receive all messages.

That’s all! You can skip the next few screens and you’ll see all your conversations, including iMessage, from your iPhone in the default text messaging app.

Transfer text messages from iPhone to Google Pixel

Samsung Smart Switch is a great tool because you can use it anytime. Google Pixel phones do not have this feature. You can only transfer data from an extension phone during the initial setup process. So if your Pixel is already set up, you’ll have to put your data in the hands of a third-party app or reset your phone.

Either way, we’ll show you how. Go through the Pixel setup process and connect to a mobile network or Wi-Fi. Click “Next” when asked if you want to copy apps and data.

The next screen will prompt you to turn on your iPhone and unlock the screen. Click next.

Now we need the USB-C to USB-A adapter that comes with your Pixel phone. If you don’t have one, you can find it inexpensively online . Plug it into your Pixel and then connect it to your iPhone with a Lightning USB cable. Click next.

Sign in with your Google account to continue with the setup.

The next screen will ask you what you want to copy from your iPhone. Select “Messages” and whatever you want, then click “Copy”.

You will be prompted to “Continue” with the setup or exit and finish it later. Click Continue.

Continue setting up until you reach the “Your phone is almost ready” screen. Click “Done” to finish.

On the next screen, you will be asked to turn off iMessage on your iPhone so you don’t miss any messages.

That’s all! All your conversations and iMessages will be in the default text messaging app on your Pixel.

Unfortunately, messages are one of the hardest things to transfer from iPhone to Android. This is easy with a Samsung Galaxy device, but can be problematic for others. In most cases, it’s best to do this during the initial switchover setup.

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