Buying a new smartphone brings many changes, including migrating all the information from your old device to your new one. Of course, today’s operating systems make this process easier, but some operations are more complex than others. Like transferring WhatsApp conversations from iPhone to Android, which is probably one of the most complicated tasks.
The good news is that WhatsApp will finally have an easier way to transfer conversation history from the app to different systems. With the new feature, users can retrieve their WhatsApp chat history, media files and profile data to another smartphone by backing up Whatsapp.
According to information from WABetaInfo, there are no details yet on when this feature will launch, but it should happen soon. The site also points out that testing for the migration service has been done beta version of Android 126.96.36.199.
According to the company, moving WhatsApp conversations from one system to another will require at least version 10 of Android. For iOS, WhatsApp hasn’t set the criteria yet, but it should also require a minimum updated version (probably iOS 12 or 13).
Keep in mind that the feature is being rolled out gradually. That is, for now, only new Samsung phones – from the Galaxy line – or with factory-restored system will be able to use the feature. The user will also need a USB-C Lightning connector (the same one that comes in the charger of the latest iPhones) to perform the migration.
Another requirement is that you continue to use the same phone number when swapping out your iPhone for an Android. It doesn’t have to be the same carrier SIM, but it must be the same number to receive the authentication SMS when you log into the app.
How to transfer WhatsApp conversations?
Migration is done via the Smart Switch Mobile app, which is pre-installed on some Samsung phones. It is already used to migrate photos and SMS messages from an old iPhone, but now you will also be able to transfer WhatsApp messages.
Through the app, it will back up WhatsApp: your profile picture, individual and group conversations, conversation history, media files and settings, but it doesn’t include call history, display names or even payments you’ve made using WhatsApp.
After the migration, your WhatsApp data is also available on your iPhone, but because the app only works on one phone at a time, you won’t be able to use it on iOS unless you log out of your Android account.
The feature is now available in the Samsung Smart Switch Mobile app version 188.8.131.52 or later; WhatsApp for iOS version 184.108.40.206 or later; and WhatsApp for Android version 220.127.116.11 or later.
Step-by-step: How to transfer WhatsApp conversations between iOS and Android
- Turn on your Android smartphone.
- Follow the steps on the Samsung Mobile Smart Switch;
- Use your iPhone camera to scan the QR code displayed on your Android device;
- Tap “Start” on iPhone and wait for the process to finish;
- Continue setting up your Android device;
- When Android setup is complete, open WhatsApp and sign in to your account with the same phone number used on your iPhone;
- Tap “Import” and wait;
- That’s it. At the end of the process, your old conversations will be available on WhatsApp.
What if something goes wrong?
Since this is a new feature, some processes may not work correctly. That’s why it’s important to check that your apps are up-to-date. It is also important that the user does not configure WhatsApp on the new smartphone before starting the transfer. This is because if you have confirmed your phone number in WhatsApp on the new phone, you will not be able to save messages.
If this happens to your device, in order to recover your message history, you need to delete the app on the new phone and then start the process again. It is also important to note that this procedure is only valid for users who will keep the same phone number, as WhatsApp cannot transfer message history between different numbers.
WhatsApp says there will be no hassle in transferring chat history between iPhone and Android. The platform has been working on a workable solution to securely transfer your conversations without compromising your privacy, as might happen if you use third-party software.
WhatsApp also confirmed that more Android manufacturers will have access to the new migration feature in the coming months, but did not specify which ones.