Got the latest iPhone 4 and want to transfer your SMS from current iPhone to your new iPhone
? This guide explains how to replace your current iPhone with a newly purchased iPhone using the same carrier. If you follow these steps to back up your previous iPhone first, and then restore the backup to your newly purchased iPhone 4, your saved SMS messages will be present on your new iPhone.
Step 1: Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes and iOS.
Step 2: Connect your current iPhone to iTunes and sync it. Verify that your original iPhone is backed up. For more information on how to do this, see link
Step 3: Connect your new iPhone to iTunes (on the same computer you used to back up your current iPhone).
Step 4: iTunes will ask you if you want to restore from a backup or set up your new iPhone as a new phone. When prompted, select the backup of your current iPhone. If iTunes does not prompt you to select a backup to restore when you connect your new iPhone, use iTunes to restore iOS on your new iPhone and try this step again.
Note: During the process of restoring your old backup to a new iPhone, you may see the iTunes progress bar pause. If this occurs, please allow for additional time for the upgrade to complete.
Step 5: After iTunes finishes restoring the backup you selected to your new iPhone, the iPhone will restart.
Step 6: When your new iPhone appears again in the iTunes window, select it.
Step 7: Click the tabs (Info, Music, Photos, and so on) and verify or change the items you want to sync.
Step 8: Click Apply to sync your new iPhone with iTunes.
Step 9: Verify that your saved SMS messages are present on your new iPhone.
Note: If saved SMS messages are not present on your new iPhone, then restore-from-backup may not have been successful. In that case, verify your current iPhone is properly backed up (see step 3), then use iTunes to restore iOS on your new iPhone and continue following these instructions at step 4.
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