My text messages did not transfer. Is there a way to get them yet? They are still on the old phone.

  • Can you erase the new phone and do a back up / restore from the old phone?
    – bmike
    May 3 '13 at 22:42
  • Possibly, but would I lose any information in the process?
    – Pckrfan
    May 3 '13 at 22:46
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    You would lose everything on the new phone that's not synced elsewhere. Apps, contacts, music, books - all that can sync - but you'd lose the new messages since they don't get mixed (you can't combine parts of two back up events or devices).
    – bmike
    May 3 '13 at 22:53

I would get a program like PhoneView and just archive both device's SMS/Voicemail/call records. Unless the new phone is really new and you don't mind losing the new texts to restore a backup of all the texts from the old, there's not a way to inject or combine both stores of text messages.


You have to first back up the old iphone 4, then restore the new iphone 5 to this backup, which contains your messages.To prevent from losing any data that only exist on your new iphone 5 but not on the old one, you should save these data before you do the backup and restore, because this will revert all settings and datas.

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