3 User Friendly Ways To Transfer SMS From One Android Phone To Another

Switching to a new phone can be a tedious process at times. You face the risk of losing everything you had on your old phone, which can be a little be a bit irritating for some days. 

Whenever we shift from one Android device to another, we sync or transfer our photos, videos, contacts, SMS, and other data files. 


From personal chats to important information, our SMS messages may sometimes contain crucial details. Therefore, we suggest that when you switch from an old Android device to a new Android device, make sure that you don’t forget to transfer your messages.

In this article, we are going to discuss in detail how to transfer SMS messages from one android phone to another. 

A lot of third-party applications come in handy while one needs to transfer SMS messages from one android device to another. 

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~ Using SMS Backup & Restore

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The first thing you need to do is, install the SMS Backup and Restore app on both your android phones and make sure each of them is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Note: It would not work over a cellular network!

Once the app has been installed, open it on both phones. On the main screen of your device, tap on the ‘Transfer’ option.

After that, a new box will appear on your screen with the details of how the transferring works. It sends all the information over Wi-Fi.

You need to select the following options on each of your phones: the “Send from this phone” option on the old phone and the “Receive on this phone” option on the new one.

The phones will immediately start looking for each other on the network and automatically get connected. Once the device, which is supposed to send the SMS data, recognizes the receiving device, tap on it from the available options in the list. This will result in initiating the transfer.

The sending phone will send an ‘Invite’ to the receiving phone. You will need to accept this invite or else, you can’t proceed further.

Once both the devices are connected, the sending phone will display two options: “Transfer texts and call logs from the current state”, or “Use the most recent backup”. If you have never used ‘SMS Backup & Restore’ before, then the backup option will not be available and you will have to go with the first option only. 

(The first option is the most up-to-date option)

The sending phone will immediately prepare a backup and send it over to the receiving phone. At this point, you might have to wait for a few seconds.

Once the backup has been prepared, you will get a notification on the receiving phone asking if you want to ‘Accept and Restore’ the data. You need to tap on the ‘Accept’ option. 

The transfer will begin right after you accept the request.

Next, you will have to set ‘SMS Backup & Restore’ as your default option, until the transfer is finished. 

After the transfer finishes, simply tap on the ‘OK’ option.

Then you will be directed to the next screen where you need to tap on the ‘Yes’ option to make SMS Backup & Restore your default SMS app. You can easily change it back to your preferred texting app once the restoring process has finished. 

And now, the process of restoring your SMS messages is going to take a while, depending on how much information or data it has to transfer.

Once the transfer process has finished, you will receive a notification stating all the details of the transfer. All of your SMS messages from your previous Android device should now show up on the other Android phone. 

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~ Using Dr.Fone

This Android SMS transfer tool is a third-party application that is designed to meet the custom requirements of transferring. With this app, you can easily transfer all the SMS messages you want to transfer from one Android device to the other. Many users even consider it as an ideal option to minimize SMS storage consumption on new Android devices.


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To transfer SMS messages from one Android device to another, using Dr.Fone, you need to follow the given steps. 

First, you need to install and launch the Dr.Fone app and select the ‘Phone Manager’ option from the list of options that will be displayed on your device. 

After selecting ‘Phone Manager’, you will need to connect the two Android devices to your computer using the USB ports.

Then you need to click on the upper left corner of your device’s screen and you will be able to see the names of both the Android devices on your screen. 

You will need to click on the name of the device to specify it as the source of the Android device for SMS transfer.

Next, you need to click on the ‘Information’ tab and you will be taken to a new screen on your desktop. In this new screen, the ‘Contacts’ and ‘SMS’ will be displayed on the left column. Here, you need to click on the ‘SMS’ option to access all the Android messages.

All your SMS messages will now be displayed on your desktop’s current screen. You need to scroll on the screen to view and select all those messages that you want to transfer to your other Android device. 

Once you have selected the SMS messages, you need to click on the ‘Export’ icon on the top bar of your desktop and select the Android device you want to transfer the messages to. 

After this, you will see that within a few seconds, all your selected SMS messages will be transferred from one Android device to the other. 

~ Using Google Backup 

You can also transfer text messages from one Android device to another using the ‘Google Backup’ method. Google backup ensures that your backup is stored with Google and you can restore it anytime, on any Android device later, using the same Google credentials.
This process backs up your device’s settings such as the Wi-Fi, contacts, SMS, and photos, which you can later restore to any other Android phone. 

Here is how you can transfer SMS messages from one Android phone to another, using the Google backup method. 

First of all, you need to back up the SMS messages on your old Android device, then only you can restore it on a new Android device.

Then you will have to browse to the ‘Settings’ on your source Android device and tap on the ‘Backup’ or ‘Backup and reset’ option. Now, you need to go to the ‘Backup my data’ section and make sure that ‘Messages’ has been selected on the list of data types displayed there. Lastly, you need to tap on the ‘Back Up Now’ option.

Now, get your target Android device and add the same Gmail account, that you had in your source Android device, to it. Then you need to browse ‘Settings’ > ‘Accounts’ > ‘Add Account’ > ‘Google’ > ‘Key’ in your Google account credentials. 

Now you need to sign in with that account on the other android device 

Next, you are simply required to turn on the ‘Automatic Restore’ option so that the backup gets restored on your new Android device. 

For this, head to ‘Settings’ > ‘Backup & reset’ > and tap on the ‘Automatic restore’ option. 

After this, you will see that everything from your backup, including your SMS text messages, will be available on the other Android device too. 

We hope that this was helpful to you and you understood how to transfer SMS messages from one android phone to another.

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