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WhatsApp adds ability to transfer chat history and more from Android to iPhone (and vice versa)

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Switching from an old phone to a new one has become a very mundane process in recent years, but it’s a bit more hectic when it comes to switching platforms. Since Android and iOS existed, both Google and Apple has gone to great lengths to make switching from one platform to another as painful as possible. Very subtle of course. Since many of us want to keep as much of the information we have stored on a phone as possible when we buy a new one, it’s very important that apps like Messenger, Telegram, and WhatsApp give users a problem-free way to transfer their data not just between telephones, but also between ecosystems.

whatsapp announced this week that it now becomes much easier to migrate data from an Android phone to a iPhone and vice versa. No matter which phone you switch to, you can now transfer your account information, profile picture, individual chats, group chats, chat history, media and settings.

Some data cannot be migrated from an Android phone to an iPhone

However, you cannot transfer your call history or display name if you switch from an Android phone to an iPhone. The same goes for peer-to-peer payment messages, although personal messages can be transferred from an Android phone to an iPhone. make an iCloud backup.

As for Android users, the transferred data will remain on the Android phone unless WhatsApp is uninstalled or you wipe your phone completely. Here’s what the complete process of migrating your data from Android to iPhone looks like:

  • Open the Move to iOS app on your Android phone and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • A code will be displayed on your iPhone. Enter the code on your Android phone when prompted.
  • Tap Continue and follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Select WhatsApp on the Transfer data screen.
  • Tap START on your Android phone and wait for WhatsApp to prepare the data for export. Once the data is prepared, you will be logged out of your Android phone.
  • Tap NEXT to return to the Move to iOS app.
  • Tap CONTINUE to transfer the data from your Android phone to your iPhone and wait for Move to iOS to confirm the transfer is complete.
  • Install the latest version of WhatsApp from the App Store.
  • Open WhatsApp and log in with the same phone number as on your old device.
  • Tap Start when prompted and let the process complete.
  • Finish activating your new device and you will see your chats waiting for you.

Make sure you meet the requirements

To successfully migrate the date between Android and iPhone and vice versa, your phone must be running Android 5/iOS 15.5 or later, Move to iOS app installed your Android phone, and the latest version of WhatsApp. Your iPhone must also be factory new or factory reset to pair with the Move to iOS app and move data from your Android phone.

Finally, both devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Another option is to connect the Android phone to an iPhone’s hotspot. You must of course use the same phone number as your phone on your new device to be able to transfer your data.

Any process that involves more than 10 steps probably wouldn’t be considered convenient, but the alternative would be to be stuck with a phone and operating system you no longer love, or risk losing all your WhatsApp data. losses. Despite needing a bit of knowledge before trying the migration process, this is actually a really cool feature that will likely be refined in the coming years.

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