Transfer all Messenger chats to a new smartphone. Sounds easy, but it often requires a lot of effort – if it is possible at all. Apple is now making it easy for people switching from Android to iOS with WhatsApp.
When switching from an Android smartphone to an iPhone, the entire WhatsApp chat history can be transferred directly if this is done during the initial iPhone setup. Previously, users always had to resort to additional programs from other providers. Now the WhatsApp transfer is part of the Android app “Transfer to iOS”, according to Apple.
The app establishes a direct WiFi connection between the two smartphones. So far, photos and videos, contacts, messages, web bookmarks and settings could be transferred, among other things. WhatsApp is another option. One requirement is that users keep their telephone number when switching.
That’s how it’s done:
Open the Transfer to iOS app on your Android device and follow the on-screen instructions.
A code will appear on your iPhone. If prompted, enter the code on your Android device.
Tap NEXT and follow the onscreen instructions.
Select WhatsApp on the data transfer screen.
Tap START on your Android device and wait for the WhatsApp data to be prepared for export. You will then be logged out of your Android device.
Tap NEXT to return to the Transfer to iOS app.
Tap NEXT to transfer data from your Android device to your iPhone. Wait for confirmation from the Transfer to iOS app that the transfer is complete.
Install the latest version of WhatsApp from the App Store.
Open WhatsApp and sign in with the same phone number you used on your old device.
If prompted, tap Start and wait for the process to complete.
After you’ve finished activating your new device, you’ll see your chats.
Moving app can now also select and download apps
Operating systems from Android 5 (Lollipop) are supported. According to its own statements, Apple does not have access to the data during transmission. With iPhones that have already been set up, there is still no easy way to transfer WhatsApp chats afterwards.
WhatsApp previously only allowed transfer of chat histories from iPhones to Samsung phones across different platforms. Apple is initially offering the function for WhatsApp migration from Android to iOS in a beta version.
Apple has also improved the moving app in another respect: Up to now, data from various free apps has already been transferred, but users then had to download it themselves from the App Store. Now apps available in the App Store can be automatically searched and loaded by “Transfer to iOS”.