WhatsApp Rolling Out Ability to Transfer Chats Between iOS and Android

One of the biggest hurdles for customers looking to switch between Android and iOS is their inability to transfer their WhatsApp chats between the two different ecosystems. Now, that's coming to an end, as WhatsApp has officially announced that it will easily allow users to transfer their chats between Android and iOS.

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As reported first by Engadget, WhatsApp used airtime during Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event to announce the new feature. WhatsApp tested the feature for the past few weeks and said it was difficult to implement due to "end-to-end encryption," requiring added assistance to make it work.

The feature will first arrive on Android devices, specifically Samsung smartphones, allowing users to initially transfer chats from iOS to Samsung smartphones. The transfer will include the chat itself, photos, videos, and voice memos, and should be available to Samsung users in the "coming weeks." WhatsApp has not said when the feature will arrive for a wider range of WhatsApp devices and on iOS.

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zorinlynx Avatar
10 weeks ago
I'm rolling my eyes so hard at WhatsApp getting features today to fix issues that Telegram never had because it had good multiple device support from the start. Not to mention WhatsApp has always done things in a clunky manner, such as the desktop app relaying everything through your phone. It's sad that it has such a large user base making it hard for people to move to something better.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
marmiteturkey Avatar
10 weeks ago
…and how about an iPad app?

I HATE whatsapp.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
10 weeks ago

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One of the biggest hurdles for customers looking to switch between Android and iOS is their inability to transfer their WhatsApp chats between the two different ecosystems. Now, that's coming to an end, as WhatsApp has officially announced that it will easily allow users to transfer their chats between Android and iOS.



As reported first by Engadget ('https://www.engadget.com/whatsapp-import-chat-history-android-ios-144745811.html'), WhatsApp used airtime during Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event to announce the new feature. WhatsApp tested the feature for the past few weeks and said it was difficult to implement due to "end-to-end encryption," requiring added assistance to make it work.

The feature will first arrive on Android devices, specifically Samsung smartphones, allowing users to initially transfer chats from iOS to Samsung smartphones. The transfer will include the chat itself, photos, videos, and voice memos, and should be available to Samsung users in the "coming weeks." WhatsApp has not said when the feature will arrive for a wider range of WhatsApp devices and on iOS.

Article Link: WhatsApp Rolling Out Ability to Transfer Chats Between iOS and Android ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/08/11/whatsapp-transfer-between-android-ios/')
Ahhh! Making the transition very easy. I’m sure it will benefit both IOS and Android software.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ian87w Avatar
10 weeks ago
Whoa that's a long awaited feature. Hopefully it can go both ways (Android to iOS).
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alijahsimon Avatar
10 weeks ago
That’s weird; I’ve been able to do this since 2014 with Telegram with zero effort thanks to its secure and encrypted cloud backups. WhatsApp still doesn’t do this? ?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sunapple Avatar
10 weeks ago
Oh. My. God. I tried transferring Whatsapp messages from my grandma’s old Motorola to her new iPhone using 3rd party software; it cost me three hours, €30, it didn’t work and all data was lost with no recovery possible.

Now they’re rolling this out. But it’s just for one specific kind of transfer and one brand. Great work guys!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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