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Tutorial: Transfer Messages between Android devices

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Transfer messages from Android to Android

Introduction

If you've got a shiny new phone and you don't wish to lose messages on your old device, help is at hand - this article will guide you through how to transfer messages from one Android phone to another. The app used to backup messages on your old phone and restore to your new device is Droid Transfer.

There is no need to root your phone to use the app. Also, backups done by Droid Transfer are performed locally either over a WiFi or a USB connection.

Summary

How to transfer messages from Android to Android...

  1. Open the Droid Transfer app and connect phone.
  2. Open the "Messages" tab.
  3. Create a backup of your messages.
  4. Disconnect the phone, and connect the new Android device.
  5. Choose which messages to transfer from the backup to the phone.
  6. Hit "Restore"!

Read on for a complete walkthrough...

Droid Transfer

Droid Transfer is a great professional tool for all Android media transfer needs. As well as backing up Android content to your computer, you can also transfer messages from Android to Android.

To do this, you will need to download both parts of the program:

PC: download droid transfer Android: google play store badge


Connect Android and PC

Once you've got the software, connect your Android device which contains your messages. You can connect to Droid Transfer using USB or wi-fi. You'll then be able to see all of your phone's media within the program.

So now we can open the "Messages" tab in Droid Transfer. On the left hand side, you'll find a list of contacts. These are all of the message conversations which are stored on your phone. If you click a contact's name, it will bring up that conversation on the right-hand-side, including messages sent, messages received, and any media including images, videos and emoji's.


Viewing Android messages on PC

For the purposes of this tutorial, click the "Backup & Restore" button in the Droid Transfer toolbar. We need to backup all of these messages in order to transfer them to a new phone, so click "Backup".

You now have the option to backup all messages, or only specific conversations. Make your selection, then hit "Backup" to confirm. Side note- creating backups of your messages in this way is great for safekeeping. If anything should happen to your current device, such as damages or data loss, you'll have a backup of your messages which you can restore to your phone (or a new phone).


Backup Messages from Android

OK, it's new phone time! Grab your new Android device, install Transfer Companion on it, and connect it to Droid transfer in place of the previous Android device.

Again, open the "Messages" tab and click "Backup & Restore". This time, we're going to hit the "Restore" button.

Now we must tell Droid Transfer where it can locate the backup of our Android messages. When you have selected the backup file, click "Open".

At this point, follow the prompts on your Android device in order to temporarily change your default messaging app. This is required so that Droid Transfer can copy over your messages, but the change will be reverted once the transfer is complete.

Finally, Droid Transfer will allow you to either restore all messages, or restore selected messages to a device. Simply make your selection, and hit "Restore"! Droid Transfer will transfer your text messages to your new device.


Transfer messages from Android to Android

Will the transfer overwrite or duplicate my data?

Unlike a 'sync' function like you can see in iTunes, the Droid Transfer messages restore will not overwrite or duplicate your content. The program intelligently fills in gaps in conversations without duplicating messages, and even adds contacts from conversations to your contact list if they do not exist there already!