3 ways to transfer messages from Android to iPhone

This article explains three ways to transfer text messages from Android to iPhone, with the pros and cons for each.

How to transfer text messages from Android to iPhone

Transferring data from Android to iPhone is quite easy for most types of data. There are multiple ways to move photos and videos, music, contacts and even apps, making for a flexible and more or less simple process. It is not so easy when you transfer text messages from Android to iPhone. In that scenario, you have three main options (or maybe just two, depending on the text messaging app you’re using).

Go to iOS app

What we like

  • Comprehensive data transfer from Android to iPhone

  • Transfers text messages

  • Quick and easy to use

  • Given Apple’s iPhone expertise, this offers the greatest chance of success

What we don’t like

  • Can be slow when transferring a large amount of data

The best option for transferring text messages from Android to iPhone is also the best option for transferring data from Android to iPhone: Move to Apple’s iOS app. Apple makes this free Android app that collects all your Android data and transfers it wirelessly to the appropriate apps on your iPhone.

When setting up your new iPhone, choose Move to iOS when asked if you have any data to transfer. Follow the on-screen instructions to select the data you want to move, then sit back and wait for the wireless data transfer. When it’s done, all your Android data including text messages will be ready on your iPhone.

Third party software

What we like

  • Lots of choice for tools

  • Some programs offer options that Move to iOS does not

  • Some free options

What we don’t like

  • With so many options, it’s hard to know what’s good quality and reliable

  • Lots of paid options

Move to iOS is the best tool to transfer text messages from Android to iOS, but in some cases, not all the data you have will be moved. In those cases, you need to look for third-party software. There are so many third-party tools that do this – from programs for Windows and Mac to apps you install on your smartphone, both free and paid – that we don’t have a specific recommendation.

Spending some time on your favorite search engine looking for something like “transfer data from Android to iPhone” will give you a ton of options. Some programs are limited to transferring data only. Others do that and then also add tools for backing up your smartphone, finding hidden files, and much more.

WhatsApp and other SMS apps

What we like

  • Can be as simple as installing an app and logging in

  • Tools specialize in certain platforms

  • Usually free

What we don’t like

  • A separate tool may be required for each app

  • No single tool to transfer all data

  • Some apps may not have transfer tools

If you’re using a third-party SMS platform like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, you have another option. Depending on which one you use, you may be able to install it on your iPhone, log into your account, and automatically download all your messages. In other cases, you need a tool to transfer your text messages to your iPhone (for example, for WhatsApp, you need a transfer app).

In most cases, the ways you transfer your texts are free. But be aware, if you use more than one communication app, you may need more than one tool to transfer everything.

If you use these apps, try logging into your iPhone first. If your messages appear, you’re done. If not, look for a transfer tool specific to your app.


  • How do I transfer contacts from Android to iPhone?

    The Move to iOS app also allows you to transfer contacts between an Android and an iPhone. You can also export your SIM card in the Contacts app (Import/Export > Export > SIM card) or sync them with Google before downloading them to your new device.

  • How do I transfer apps from Android to Android?

    The easiest way to move your Android apps along with all your other data to a new phone is to back them up on the first device in Institutions > System or Google. Then launch the new one and choose Copy your data during the initial installation.

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