If you’re using an iPhone and have decided to shift to Samsung Galaxy S5, unfortunately, the media files on your phone cannot be simply transferred via USB cable. This is also true with your text messages. Your old text messages serve as references to your conversations, that is why you may want to take them with you on your new phone. The good news is that there are ways to transfer SMS from iPhone to Samsung S5.

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to Galaxy S5

In this article, I’ll share with you two methods for moving text messages from iPhone to Galaxy S5. We’ll go through each of them so you can weigh your options better.

Way 1. The Simplest and Fastest Way to Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to S5

Let’s start with our first method. You may use Phone Transfer, which is a paid application that you need to download and install on your computer. It’s just the easiest product for transferring text messages between two phones running the same or different operating systems. Aside from text messages, it also supports transferring contacts, photos, music and videos. Moreover, it also supports over 200 phone models.


Its friendly user interface is intuitive to use. You would know what to do at first glance since the options are simple to understand. It also lets you conveniently backup files to your computer. By using this function of it, you can have a saved copy on computer in case the data on your iPhone and Samsung phone gets corrupted for some reason.

Here’s how to transfer messages from iPhone to Galaxy S5:

  • Launch Phone Transfer on your computer.
  • Under “Phone to Phone Transfer” click “Start”.
  • Connect your iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S5 to your computer using their cables.
  • The application will detect the two phones and you will see them on the screen. Your iPhone will be recognized as source phone on the left side, while Samsung will be recognized as destination phone on the right side. If you want to transfer in converse way, click “Flip”.
  • If you only wish to copy your text messages, put a checkmark only on that option.
  • Click the “Start copy” button to start copying messages to your new mobile.

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Make sure not to move the phones or cables while the copying is in progress to prevent interruption.

Way 2. A Little complex but free Way to do the trick

If you don’t want to spend a single dollar, our second method will let you do so. However, the steps are a bit complicated since it requires you to turn SMS on iPhone into Android compatible format.

1) Backup iPhone messages using iTunes.
Before the conversion, you need to copy the text messages directly to your new Galaxy S5. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. On the left panel of iTunes, right click on your iPhone and click “Back Up”. Allow the backup process to complete and access the backup file by going to the directory “C://[Users]/[Username]/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/Mobile Sync” if using Windows or “~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/” if using Mac. You’ll see a file with random numbers. Copy the latest one and paste it on your Galaxy’s SD card.

backup iPhone to PC

2) Convert message database to XML file using iSMS2droid.
Install iSMS2droid, which is an app that you can download from the Google Play Store. Open the application and choose “select iPhone SMS database”. Locate the backup file you copied and choose which messages you wish to convert.

3) Restore messages to the Android phone.
You need to install another app for restoring your messages. It’s called SMS Backup & Restore, which you can also get from the Google Play Store. Launch the app and tap “restore”. Tap “Ok” when it shows the directory of your converted messages. Choose which messages you wish to restore and hit “OK”. Wait for the restore process to complete and you should have your messages on your Samsung Galaxy S5.

restore iPhone messages to Android


Depending on your needs and personal preferences, you may use either of the two methods to transfer SMS messages to Galaxy S5 from iPhone 5S. The second method is free to use but it requires the installation of various applications and the steps are also difficult for beginners, and many people report that is doesn’t work well. But for a one-time fee that’s not that expensive, you can conveniently transfer text messages and other files using Phone Transfer, making it the best option for transferring data.


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