How to Transfer WhatsApp Data from Android to iPhone and Vice Versa
If you’ve ever switched between Android and iOS, you know that transferring your WhatsApp data between devices can be a pain point. Until recently, transferring chat backup from Android to iOS device was not even possible. However, WhatsApp now allows you to transfer chat history and media between supported Android and iOS devices in just a few simple steps. This is currently available for beta users and will soon work for stable users as well.
Here is how to transfer your WhatsApp data from Android device to iPhone and from iPhone to Android.
How to Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iOS
Start by making sure your iPhone has been updated to iOS 15.5 or higher. You will need to clean the iPhone and set it up as new for this to work. On the Android phone, the device must be on version 5.0 and above. On the Android phone, go to the Play Store and download Apple’s ‘Move to iOS’ app.
There are a few other prerequisites. Make sure your WhatsApp is updated to the latest version on your Android. Also make sure that both phones are connected to a power source and they are also connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Open the Migrate to iOS app and follow the on-screen instructions. You will soon be asked to enter a code. You can find this code on your iPhone (in the “Move data from Android” option of the iOS setup wizard). Once you’ve entered your code, tap Continue and follow the on-screen instructions again.
Select “WhatsApp” on the data transfer screen. On your Android phone, tap “Start,” then wait for WhatsApp to gather all your data, ready to be exported.
Once this is ready, you will be logged out of the WhatsApp app on your Android phone.
Tap “Next” to return to the Migrate to iOS app and tap “Continue” to start data transfer. Once done, install WhatsApp on your iPhone from the App Store and log in with the same phone number.
Complete the activation on your new device and your WhatsApp chat data should be visible on your iPhone. Note that some items like payment history and call history will not carry over.
How to Transfer WhatsApp from iOS to Android
If you’ve used WhatsApp on an iPhone before and want to switch to an Android phone with your chat history intact, you can do so with Android 12 phones that aren’t yet set up (although you can do a factory reset). factory even if it is).
Start by connecting your iPhone to a freshly reset Android 12 device with a USB Type-C to Lightning cable. Follow the on-screen instructions to import all data or a selection of data from iPhone to Android 12 device.
When the transfer is complete, press the “Continue” button and scan the QR code displayed on the Android phone using your iPhone.
Complete the process by setting up WhatsApp on the Android phone.
You can even transfer iOS WhatsApp data to some Samsung phones even if they are not running Android 12. This is possible through a collaboration between WhatsApp and Samsung. Note that you will still need the Samsung phone to be freshly reset.
First, reset your Samsung device and connect your iPhone to the phone via a USB Type-C to Lightning cable when prompted by the built-in Smart Switch app.
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Select all the apps and corresponding data that you want to transfer, including your WhatsApp. You will then be asked to scan a QR code on your Android phone. This should open WhatsApp on your iPhone and then you can press the “Start” button to continue the data transfer.
Finish setting up your Samsung device, then install and open WhatsApp on it. Log in with the same mobile number and tap the “Import” button when prompted to complete the data transfer to your Samsung phone.