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WhatsApp gets Android to iPhone chat history transfer feature

You can now transfer your WhatsApp chat history, photos, videos, and voice messages from your Android phone to an iPhone. According to Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement, the feature was one of the most requested. In a Facebook post, Meta’s CEO wrote:

“We’re adding to WhatsApp the ability to securely switch between phones and transfer your chat history, photos, videos, and voice messages between Android and iPhone while maintaining end-to-end encryption. This is a top requested feature. We launched the ability to switch from iPhone–>Android last year, and now adding Android–>iPhone as well.”

With the addition of Android to iPhone transfer, you can now switch your device easily and continue using the same WhatsApp account.

How to transfer WhatsApp chat history on iPhone

1. Restore your chat history from an iCloud backup
  • Ensure that you have an iCloud backup by going to WhatsApp > Settings > Chats > Chat Backup.
  • Confirm that the last backup was recent, then you can delete and reinstall WhatsApp.
  • After you verify your phone number, follow the prompts that come up to restore your chat history.
  • You must be signed in with your Apple ID that is connected to the iCloud and iCloud Drive must be turned on.
  • You must have enough free space on both your iCloud and iPhone. (A minimum of 2.05 times the space available in your iCloud account and on your phone than the actual size of your backup).
  • You must use the same phone number for backing up and restoring. (You can’t restore the chat history from another WhatsApp account).
  • You can have backups for multiple WhatsApp accounts stored in the same iCloud account because backups are tied to individual phone numbers.

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2. Transfer WhatsApp chat history from Android to iPhone

To transfer your WhatsApp chat history from an Android phone to iPhone, you must have the following:
  • Android 5 or above-powered device
  • iOS 15.5 or above-powered device
  • Move to iOS app installed on your Android phone
  • WhatsApp iOS version or above on your new device
  • WhatsApp Android version or above on your old device
  • Use the same phone number as your old phone on your new device
  • A factory new or reset iPhone 
  • Both of your devices must be connected to a power source
  • Both of your devices need to be either connected to the same Wi-Fi network or your Android device should be connected to your iPhone’s hotspot.

Now, here is what you need to do:

  • First, open the Move to iOS app on your Android phone and follow the on-screen prompts.
  • A code will popup on your iPhone, enter it on your Android phone.
  • Tap Continue and follow the prompts.
  • Next, select WhatsApp on the Transfer Data screen.
  • Tap START on your Android phone, and wait for WhatsApp to prepare the data for export. (You’ll be signed out from your Android phone once the data is prepared)
  • 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 the app to confirm the complete transfer.
  • Next, install the latest version of WhatsApp on your iPhone.
  • Open WhatsApp and log in with the same phone number your used on your old Android device.
  • Tap Start when prompted, and allow the process to complete.
  • Once it finishes activating, your new device will have your chats.

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