QUICK TIP - PHP-XML: How to copy text messages from your iPhone to an Android device

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So you’ve given up waiting for iTunes to do a full sync of your phone and bought yourself an Android phone. Bringing over your email and contacts is a doddle because you’re using Gmail, right?

Text messages however are a little trickier.

First you’ll need to do an iPhone backup (if you haven’t done so recently), then find the file 3d0d7e5fb2ce288813306e4d4636395e047a3d28 with the extension .mdbackup or .mddata in your iTunes backup folder.

This file is a SQLite database, and needs to be converted to XML format and here’s the script to do it:

Here’s the code of the script above:


Upload to hosting server, or you can run as your localhost which support PHP to convert database from iPhone to your Android phone.

Now that you have your sms.xml file, you’ll need to install this free Android app:

Once installed, copy the sms.xml to the SMSBackup folder on your SD card, fire up the app and hit restore!

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