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2 Ways to Transfer Contacts and Text Messages from iPhone to A New iPhone 5C/5S

Apple released two versions of iPhone recently in September, including the lower-cost iPhone 5C and high-end iPhone 5S. The hardware configuration of iPhone 5C is completely the same with the previous iPhone 5 but with new 5 colors plastic shell that solved the paint-off problem of iPhone 5. And iPhone 5S has a certain degree of improvement such as the built-in 64-bit A7 processor and the join of the fingerprint identification technology, all give the new iPhone 5S a stronger performance and effectively enhance the security. iPhone 5C is relatively favorite by young people and first-time users, and iPhone 5S is suitable for people with higher user experience requirements.

Got the latest iPhone and now you just wonder if there is a way to fill up your new favorite with all the original data you saved on your old iPhone 3GS, 4 or 4S, especially hundreds or thousands of contacts and valuable text messages you received from your best friends. It is really time and energy wasting to type these contacts on your new iPhone one by one and extremely a real pity to abandon these SMS texts. Then, is there any solution to transfer these contacts and text messages from old iPhone to the new iPhone quickly and effectively?

Why we don’t recommend syncing with iTunes?

Certainly you can use iTunes to backup the text messages and contacts from your old iPhone 4/4S/3GS to iTunes and then sync to your new iPhone. But the whole process is time-consuming and complicated. You should have the latest version of iTunes and iOS installed on your computer, connect your old iPhone to iTunes and make sure it is backed up. Then, plug in your new iPhone to the same computer, select the backup of your original iPhone in the pop-up window and restore the backup to your new iPhone. That is just the ideal condition. But if iTunes does not prompt you to select the backup to restore, you should start over again.

  Drawback: We all know that iTunes is bulky that it will slow down the system running and you have to suffer from slow transferring process. Sometime you would be failed to backup your original iPhone or there may be something wrong to terminate the transferring in midway. Just as I mentioned above, you may even be unable to find the location of backup files of your old iPhone. And what is worst, people usually get their data erased as they forget to turn off the erasing function during syncing.

Recommended Way to Copy Contacts/SMS from Old iPhone to New iPhone


To perform the transfer with a safer and faster way, we highly recommend the best iTunes alternative tool Coolmuster iPad iPhone iPod to Computer Transfer, which is a professional iPhone transferring tool to export SMS messages and contacts, as well as other file types, from old iPhone to a new one without any quality loss. To transfer without the old iPhone as hand, you can try another program as Coolmuster iPhone Backup Extractor. It allows you to extract text messages and contacts from the old iPhone backup record and transfer them to your new iPhone hassle free. This tool is quite useful when you lost your old iPhone. In the following article, we will show you how to use the two programs to copy files between two iPhones.

Way 1: Transfer iPhone Contacts & SMS to Another iPhone with iPhone Transfer

Way 2: Transfer Contacts & SMS from iPhone to iPhone with iPhone Backup Extractor

Way 1: Transfer iPhone Contacts & SMS to Another iPhone with iPhone Transfer

Not only transferring contacts and text messages, Coolmuster iPhone File Transfer also support to export music, photos, videos, voice memos, TV shows, books, etc. from iPhone to computer. The Mac version of Coolmuster iPad iPhone iPod to Mac Transfer is also available. Download the transferring tool from the below button.

1) Connect Old iPhone to Your computer

Launch the iPhone transferring tool and connect your original iPhone to the computer with the USB cable. The program will detect your iPhone automatically and display it in the primary window.

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2) Export SMS and Contacts to Your Computer

Go the left panel where your iPhone contents are categorized and click to open the "Text Message" and "Contacts" categories. Select the text messages and contacts you want to transfer and press the "Export" button which is located on the top of interface to export the selected files to your personal computer.

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3) Connect new iPhone and sync the files

When the transference finishes, eject your old iPhone and plug in the new iPhone. Drag-n-drop the exported text messages and contacts from local to iTunes and sync to your new iPhone.

Way 2: Transfer Contacts & SMS from iPhone to iPhone with iPhone Backup Extractor

As long as you have ever synced your old iPhone with iTunes before, you can use Coolmuster iPhone Backup Extractor to extract the backed up text messages and contacts from iTunes and then sync to your new iPhone. That means you can transfer files from one iPhone to another without using your old iPhone. If you are a Mac user, you can depend on iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac.

Step 1. Scan Old iPhone Backup Files

After downloading and installing the program on your computer, run it and you'll get the interface as follows. Select the iTunes backup files of your old iPhone and hit "Start Scan".

Step 2. Extract iPhone SMS Texts and Contacts

All files on your iPhone backup will be displayed into different folders. Just select "Text Messages" and "Contacts" and then you'll see all SMS messages and contacts in the right panel. Mark all needed ones, then you can click "Recover" button to save them on your computer.

Step 3. Sync exported contacts and SMS to new iPhone

Now your old iPhone text messages and contacts are all saved on your computer and you are able to sync them to your new iPhone 5/5C/5S with iTunes.

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