How to Transfer iPhone Text Messages to Android

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Though now nearly three decades old, text messaging is still the primary way most people communicate with friends and family. Typically when users change phones, it’s like starting the conversations all over again, as text message history typically doesn’t come along for the ride. Transferring your iPhone text messages to your Android phone is a bit tricky, but doable. This guide will show you the best way to get these messages onto Android.

1. Plug your iPhone into your computer. Once you’ve plugged your iPhone in, your computer should launch into the iTunes application.

2. Click on your iPhone in the top-right corner of iTunes.

Click iPhone

3. Click the “This Computer” checkbox under the “Backup Location” settings.

Click this Computer

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4. Click Backup to backup your device to your computer.

5. Locate the backup file on your computer.

Locate Backup File

For Windows machines, the file will be stored at /Users/(Username)/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/Mobile Sync/Backup.

If you’re running a Mac, the file will be under /(user)/Library/Application Support/Mobile Sync/Backup. You may have to Option-click on the Go menu if you don’t see your Library folder in your user folder.

6. Open the folder with the most recent timestamp.

7. Find the text messaging file. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t make this entirely easy for you. You’re looking for the following file: 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28. Search for this file in the folder (copy and paste helps).

Select the text messaging file

8. Copy the file to your computer’s desktop. You’ll need to move this file to either your Android phone’s internal memory or the SD card, if your device has an SD slot. Having the file on the desktop will save time when you try to find it later.

Move file to desktop

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

10.Place the text messaging file on your Android phone. Move the file, which you placed on your desktop in a previous step, to either the main folder on your device’s internal memory or on the main folder on your SD card if your phone has one.

11. Unplug your Android phone from your computer.

12. Download iSMS2droid from Google Play. Android can’t natively read the file generated by your iPhone, so you’ll need a Google Play app to convert the file to an Android friendly format. From the Play Store on your Android phone, download and install the iSMS2droid app.


13. Launch iSMS2droid and click “Select iPhone SMS database.” 

Select iPhone SMS database in iSMS2droid

14. Locate the text messaging file on your device, and click on it.

Locate tet file

15. Click “All Text Messages” in the following pop-up window. This will convert all of your texts into an Android-friendly format. Alternatively, you can select only those texts you’d like to bring over to your phone, but it’s a painfully long process.

Tap All

16. Tap “start SMS Backup & Restore” which will take you to the Google Play listing for the SMS Backup and Restore app.

17. Install and Launch the SMS Backup & Restore App.

SMS Backup and Restore

18. Tap Restore.

 Tap Restore

19. Locate your iSMS2droid file, then tap OK.

Locate your backup file

20. Select “Restore All Messages” and tap OK. Once the restoration process is complete, all your iPhone text messages should now be available for you on your Android phone.

Select Restore All Messages

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  1. Cassandra Thompson Says:

    I downloaded the file over, but it is saying that the messages are encrypted. What do I need to do from here?

  2. Jewels Says:

    I have tried this, and I haven’t encrypted my iphone sms/backups yet the program for droid is telling me “this is not an iphone database or this is encrypted” my iphone is using iOS 7.1, is this progam not capable of handling that iOS version? I thought it had to be>= iOS5

  3. Germadio Says:

    Please check if your iPhone backup file is password encryption protected. If yes, please uncheck encrypted backup and then make a new backup of iPhone to try again.

    Or try another tool called Backuptrans iPhone SMS + MMS to Android Transfer. Transferring MMS messages is also supported.

    Hope it helps.

  4. Dawn Says:

    I’ve got the file saved to my computer but I can’t locate the SD Card on my Bionic…don’t know what other file I’m looking for to transfer it…Help!

  5. DroidLover Says:

    Thanks for the tutorial it worked perfectly for me.

  6. Rudy Says:

    I’m having some trouble finding the backup folder on my computer. I’ve double checked that the iPhone is backed up to the computer (not iCloud), configured my OS to show hidden files, and restarted my computer in a last ditch attempt to conjure it. but it’s just not there, nor is it anywhere to be found. I tried searching for all of the individual file names in the finder search, but still nothing. Any idea of how I can access the backup folder?

  7. ljcarter Says:

    I was unable to find a file named “3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28″ in the itunes backup- which file contains my texts?

  8. Martyn Says:

    I’m also getting the message that the file is “not an iPhone SMS database or is encrypted”. Tried new backup, ensuring encryption box was not ticked but got the same result. Anybody got any suggestions?

  9. tyanah Says:

    Well it worked for me.. Iphone 5 iOS 7.1.2 to the Lg G2 4.4.2

  10. Amy W Says:

    Great tutorial. Looks like it worked for everything but the picture messages. One update I’d suggest: If you have KitKat or newer, you have to switch the app SMS Backup & Restore to the default messenger for the backup and then switch back to whichever program you want to use.

  11. SS Says:

    Hi, I can not located the file after I backed it up to my computer. I have a MAC 10.9.5.

  12. Muz Says:

    Hi mate, Just trying to follow the procedure but this isms2droid app is crushing again and again..Any other app can do the same ? Please reply me ASAP..that`ll be so great thanks.Cheers

  13. good man Says:

    it crashed, when importing , what to do ?

    i have messages more than 8000 msgs,

    waiting for your answer

  14. Dan Says:

    Works like a charm, I bought iphone backup extractor to transfer whatsapp messages and i was still looking for an SMS solution.

    This is just great and its free !!

    For the ones who have a load of messages may i suggest that you try and delete some of them. the .xml file must be too heavy and bloated for this software to parse.

  15. Jasmin Barby Says:

    If you are not that familiar with the iTunes, you can also transfer the messages along with other data such as videos, photos, contacts by using some proper tool. Here is a Youtube video shows you how to achieve that.

  16. eveeve Says:

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

  17. Rollins, Joh Says:

    Thank you for sharing. I use it to copy messages from android to iphone.

  18. J R Tur Pineda Says:

    To avoid “this is not an iphone database or this is encrypted” error message, copy the file to the root of the phone main memory, not to the external sd card.

  19. mino Says:

    works on iOS 8.3 and Android L

    J R Tur Pineda’s comment was bang on:

    don’t do it off of your external sd

  20. EmmaSebastian Says:

    Gosh, it’s too complicated.
    I found this guide, it’s more simple.

  21. Jose Says:

    Elaborate tutorial indeed. But I would rather seek help from a professional tool. I’ve tried Gihosoft Mobile Transfer. It is efficient and easy to use. People in need can give it a try.

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