How to Copy Text Messages From One Phone to Another

Updated April 17, 2017

With technology constantly advancing, no doubt you have been tempted to abandon your old phone for a new one with more features. However, sometimes switching to a new cell phone means parting with the information, photos and messages stored on your current phone. This can be a frustration for many who may need to reference information stored on their phones. To save all of your information on your old phone to your new device, simply copy your messages to your sim card.

Navigate to your phone's menu. Click "Options" or "Settings" on your phone. Alternatively, you may have to navigate to your text message icon to change the SMS settings.

Click "SMS Text," "Text Messages" or a similar option. This will access your phone's text message settings.

Change the option to save messages to your phone's SIM card. This option may say "Store messages on SIM card" or similar wording. Click "Yes" to confirm that you want to store text messages to your SIM card. Click "Yes" if prompted to confirm changes.

To save your text messages from your phone's SMS icon directly, click the messages you wish to save and click the "Menu" button. You can select "Save to SIM" to save the messages you have selected to your SIM card.

Turn your phone off by pressing the power button. Open your old phone's back compartment to access the SIM card storage unit. Open your new phone's back compartment to access the SIM card compartment.

Remove the SIM card from your old phone by sliding it out of the compartment. Place it into your new phone by gently sliding it into the SIM card slot. You can now access the text messages that were stored on your old phone on your new device.

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Christina Whitaker began her writing career in 2005 in newspaper journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA and a law degree. Her legal experience includes work in Federal Court, and civil and criminal litigation. She also maintains a blog on social, pop-culture and cultural matters.