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4 Ways to Transfer SMS from iPhone to Android

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

Are you considering switching from iPhone to Android and looking for ways to transfer SMS from iPhone to Android? Or perhaps you have already purchased an Android phone and need to move messages from iPhone to Android? Here are four methods to transfer your SMS messages from iPhone to Android.

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Steps for the transfer SMS from iPhone to Android with MobileTrans - Phone Transfer

Step 1: First of all, run the data transfer tool MobileTrans on PC. By clicking "Phone Transfer" option, you can go to the "Phone to Phone" transfer window.

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Step 2: Try to connect your iPhone and Android phone to PC. Then, the program will detect and scan the contents in your phone. After one or two minutes, all the contents will display in the interface.

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Here you can selectively select SMS and click "Start" to initiate the process of transferring SMS from iPhone to Android.

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Part 2: Extract SMS from iPhone to Android using itunes

To transfer SMS from iPhone to Android using iTunes, the first step is to ensure that your iPhone has a backup to your computer. If your iPhone was backed up to iCloud, change to 'This Computer' and click on the 'Back Up Now' option. As soon as the backup is stored on your PC, you need to look for the file named 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28. The file should be located in the following paths, based on the version of the Operating system you are using.

The file should be a Hard drive. Then click on Documents and Settings and then go to the username of PC. Then, you are required to click on Application Data, and then click on Apple Computer. You have to follow MobileSync and then Backup.

Again, the file should be present on the OS hard drive, where you are required to go to Users choose your username, and go to file AppData. Then you must go to the Roaming section and click on Apple Computer. You are required to click on MobileSync and click on Backup.

For Mac OS X, the file should be present in the User file. Here, you are required to go to the Library section and then click on Application Support, then go to MobileSync and click Backup.

Part 3: Transfer SMS from iPhone to Android with iSMS2droid

Step 1: Backup your iPhone to iTunes backup

  1. Click on iPhone device in the top-right corner of iTunes section.
  2. Click the “This Computer” option available under the 'Backup Location' settings.
  3. Then Click Backup section for the complete backup of your device to computer.
  4. Now Locate the backup file on computer.
  5. For Windows operating system, the file is generally stored under /Users/(Username)/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/Mobile Sync/Backup.

In case, you are running a Mac, the file will be stored under /(user)/Library/Application Support/Mobile Sync/Backup. You need to click on the Option and then Go menu, in case you don't see your Library folder in your user folder.

All you need is to get your folder opened with the latest timestamp.

Find the text messaging file. One must remember that the Apple doesn't allow the complete process with so much ease and thus you are required to work on it with some dedication.

Now, Copy the file to computer desktop screen and move this file to either your Android phone's internal memory or the SD card, if your device has an SD slot. Saving the file on the desktop helps saving time when you try to find it later.

Plug your Android device into your computer, and open it with either Finder (OSX) or Windows Explorer.

Place the text messaging file on your Android phone. You can move the file, which you placed on your desktop previously, to any of the location in the form of the main folder on your device's internal memory or on the main folder on your SD card if your phone has got it!

Get your Android phone unplugged from PC.

Now you need to take help from any app in order to convert the files into Android support format.

Step 2: Use iSMS2droid app to migrate your sms from iphone to android

    1. Download iSMS2droid from Google Play Platform. As we all know that Android can't read the file generated by your iPhone natively, so you are in need of a Google Play app to convert the file to an Android friendly format. By using your Android phone, you can go to app store and download, install the iSMS2droid app from there.
    2. Launch iSMS2droid and click 'Select iPhone SMS database'.

step 1 to transfer SMS from iPhone to Android

    1. Just find the text messaging file on the concerned device, and then click on it.

step 2 to transfer SMS from iPhone to Android

    1. Click 'All Text Messages' in the following window, which opens. This window will convert the complete texts into an Android-friendly format, which is generally .apk file. You can also select only the texts which you like to bring over to your phone, However remember that doing this is a very long process and at the same time is effortful work.
    2. You just tap on 'start SMS backup and Restore', which will take you to the Google Play listing for the SMS backup and restore app and you can download it from there.

step 3 to transfer SMS from iPhone to Android

    1. Install and Launch the SMS backup and restore App option

step 4 to transfer SMS from iPhone to Android

    1. Tap Restore button
    2. Now, Locate your iSMS2droid file, then tap ok Button.

step 5 to transfer SMS from iPhone to Android

    1. Select “Restore All Messages” and Click 'OK' button.

step 6 to transfer SMS from iPhone to Android

  1. As soon as the process of restore is complete, the entire iPhone messages will be available on your Android device.

Part 4: 3 apps like iSMS2droid

SMS Export

SMS Export Plus app is the best SMS backup services. The option to Print or Save to PC or Mac, Save to PDF or Excel, Backup contact wise messages. Now it very easy to print your SMS or messages straight from your iPhone


SMS backup and restore is a simple Android app that backs up and restores your phone's text messages.

The features are:

  • • Facility of Backup SMS Messages in XML format.
  • • Backup created locally on the device with options to automatically upload to Email, Google Drive or DropBox using the Add-On app.
  • • Choose a scheduled time to automatically backup.

Phone/iPad/iPod Manage

A one stop app which help you to Manage Everything on Your iPhone, iPad and iPod and is capable to do what iTunes can't!

The main features are:

  • • Ability to Transfer files from PC and iTunes and also from your iDevice to PC and iTunes.
  • • Music & video conversation facility is available and even videos and music can be converted to compatible formats for iOS device during the process of transfer.
  • • Copying of Photos between PC and iDevice and also option of sharing and printing photos with much ease.
  • • Systematic manage contacts from iPhone: Organizing contacts, Backup, Reeditin option, and removal of duplicates etc
  • • Transfer of various content directly between iDevice: These files may be contacts, photos, music, text messages etc and can be easily transferred between different Apple devices.

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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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