[4 Ways] How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to Mac Easily?


iPhone and Mac have become very important to our daily lives for work and contact. We sometimes need to sync the information on these two devices so that we can better handle our tasks and schedules. This article will show you step-by-step how to transfer messages from iPhone to Mac. This way, you won't miss any important talks, whether you're at home or at the office. Let's look into this process together and use technology to make our lives easier.


Part 1. How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to Mac with One Click

The easiest iPhone SMS to Mac transfer method is using Coolmuster iOS Assistant, a powerful tool designed specifically for Apple devices. It offers a simple and efficient way to manage and transfer your device data. With this software, you can easily transfer iMessages from iPhone to Mac with just one click securely and safely.

Key features of Coolmuster iOS Assistant:

  • Transfer messages from an iPhone to a computer with ease.
  • Backup and restore your entire iPhone/iPad/iPod with just one click.
  • Transfer iOS files with ease after previewing and selecting them.
  • Support a variety of file types including contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, notes, bookmarks, books, calendars, apps, and more.
  • Efficiently manage iTunes backup files and iOS data on your computer.
  • Easily edit, add, or delete data directly on your iOS device using your PC/Mac.
  • Compatible with the latest iOS 17.

Now, let me show you how to transfer iMessages from iPhone to Mac using iOS Assistant:

01After downloading the iOS Assistant on Mac, launch the program and connect your iPhone to Mac via a USB. Remember to hit the "Trust" option on your iPhone and then tap "Continue" on Mac to keep the program going on.

tap trust on your ipod

02Once your iPhone is connected successfully, you can see the main interface like this picture.

the main interface of coolmuster ios assistant

03Choose the "Messages" option; you will see all your text messages in the right panel, which shows all kinds of messages' content and time. Select the messages you'd like to transfer and click the "Export" button above. You will see you can export these messages to HTML, text, csv files and save them in what you need.

how to transfer messages to macbook via ios assistant

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Part 2. How to Download Messages from iPhone to Mac via iCloud

A second approach to transfer SMS from iPhone to Mac is via iCloud. Apple's iCloud provides handy cloud storage. Logging into the same iCloud account on iPhone and Mac lets you simply sync texts. Here's how to use iCloud to transfer texts from iPhone to Mac:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "Apple ID" > "iCloud".

Step 2. To activate iCloud "Messages", toggle "Messages" green.

turn on icloud message on iphone

Step 3. Log in to your MacBook using the same Apple ID as your iPhone. Then launch Mac Messages.

Step 4. Click "Account" under Messages "Preferences". Choose your Apple ID from the accounts list and check "Enable Messages in iCloud".

transfer imessages from iphone to mac via icloud

Step 5. This feature syncs all iPhone messages to your Mac's Messages program. Click "Sync Now" to start synchronization if it doesn't start immediately.

Learn More: Is iMessage not syncing on Mac? Read this guide to find the solution.

Part 3. How to Import iMessages from iPhone to Mac via Text Message Forwarding

For users who utilize iMessage, the SMS Forwarding feature can be utilized to import iMessages from iPhone to Mac. Here is how to transfer messages to MacBook via Text Message Forwarding:

Set Up the iMessages Account:

Step 1. Launch the "Messages" app on your Mac and sign in by entering your Apple ID and password in the pop-up screen, then click "Sign In".

Step 2. If you have set up two-factor authentication, enter the correct code.

Step 3. Once signed in, navigate to the top menu and click on "Messages". From there, select "Preferences".

set up imessages account

Step 4. In the "Accounts" tab, input your email address and phone number to receive emails and text messages.

Step 5. You'll also have the option to specify the email address and phone number you prefer to use when starting a new conversation.

Transfer iMessages from iPhone to Mac:

Step 1. Switch to your iPhone and navigate to "Settings" > "Messages" > "Send & Receive".

send and receive

Step 2. Select the "Use Your Apple ID for iMessage" option and input your Apple ID and password. If you have enabled two-factor authentication, enter the passcodes as prompted.

use your apple id for imessage

Step 3. Select the appropriate email address and tap "Next".

Step 4. Next, navigate back to "Settings", then go to "Messages" > "Text Message Forwarding". Follow the prompts to receive a verification code, then enter the code on your iPhone to enable message forwarding.

how to download messages from iphone to mac via text message forwarding

Step 5. Once text message forwarding is enabled on your iPhone, you can compose a new message by tapping the "Compose" button in the Messages app, or by selecting "File" followed by "New Message", or by using the shortcut "Command + N" to open a new message composing window.

Step 6. Enter the recipient's name and type your message at the bottom of the screen. Finally, press "Return" to send the message.

Further Reading:

How to Transfer Messages from iPhone to iPhone?

How to Download Text Messages from iPhone with Ease [6 Hot Ways]

Part 4. How to Copy Messages from iPhone to Mac with iTunes

iTunes is a basic backup tool provided by Apple, capable of transferring nearly all iPhone data to a Mac, including text messages. You can restore backups onto your iPhone to retrieve the data. Here is how to download messages from iPhone to Mac with iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac and open iTunes.

Step 2. In iTunes, select the iPhone icon, and you'll see the "Summary" panel.

Step 3. Now, you can click "Back Up Now", and your iPhone, along with all text messages, will be backed up to your Mac.

how to transfer imessages from iphone to mac via itunes

Part 5. Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Can AirDrop transfer SMS?

Unfortunately, AirDrop cannot directly transfer SMS (text messages) or multimedia messages (MMS). AirDrop is primarily used for transferring photos, videos, documents, and other files between Apple devices. SMS and MMS are typically transmitted via cellular signal rather than through the internet or Bluetooth. Therefore, AirDrop cannot directly transfer these messages.

Q2. Will transferring iMessages from iPhone to Mac delete them from my iPhone?

No, transferring iMessages to your Mac won't delete them from your iPhone. They'll remain on your iPhone unless you delete them manually.

Q3. How long does it take for iMessages to sync between iPhone and Mac?

Syncing iMessages between devices usually happens quickly, but it can depend on your internet connection and the number of messages being transferred. Generally, it should only take a few moments for messages to appear on your Mac after they've been sent or received on your iPhone.

Words in the End

Here are four methods, along with detailed steps on how to transfer messages from iPhone to Mac. Each of these four methods has its advantages. However, if you want to manage various files, not just messages, and don't want to worry about the possibility of losing important content during the transfer process, then Coolmuster iOS Assistant is the best choice. You will feel secure when managing documents between your iPhone and Mac, and I sincerely recommend it to you.

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