WhatsApp has created a new way to transfer your entire chat history from Android to iOS and vice versa. 

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In a new FAQ released via its website, the instant messaging platform gave a detailed list of steps to migrate chat history across both Android and iOS devices.

If you’re moving from an Android phone to an iPhone, you can transfer your account information, profile photo, individual chats, group chats, chat history, media, and settings.

WhatsApp said you can’t, however, transfer your call history or display name.

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What you need to have in place

  • Android OS Lollipop, SDK 21 or above, or Android 5 or above installed on your Android device
  • iOS 15.5 or above installed on your iPhone
  • Move to the iOS app installed on your Android phone
  • WhatsApp iOS version 2.22.10.70 or above on your new device
  • WhatsApp Android version 2.22.7.74 or above on your old device
  • Use the same phone number as your old phone on your new device
  • Your iPhone must be factory new or reset to factory settings to pair with the Move to iOS app and move data from your Android phone
  • Both of your devices must be connected to a power source
  • Both of your devices need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network or you’ll need to connect your Android device to your iPhone’s hotspot

Migrate from Android to iPhone

  • Open the Move to iOS app on your Android phone and follow the on-screen prompts.
  • A code will be displayed on your iPhone. When prompted, enter the code on your Android phone.
  • Tap Continue and follow the on-screen prompts.
  • 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 Move to iOS to confirm the transfer is complete.
  • Install the latest version of WhatsApp from the App Store.
  • Open WhatsApp and log in using the same phone number used on your old device.
  • Tap Start when prompted, and allow the process to complete.
  • Finish activating your new device and you’ll see your chats waiting for you.

WhatsApp said transferred data doesn’t go to cloud storage as a result of the migration until one creates an iCloud backup.

It said the Android device will still have one’s data after the transfer unless one deletes WhatsApp or wipes the phone.

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