After a long wait, Meta this week announced the ability to transfer WhatsApp chat history, photos, videos, and voice messages from Android to iPhone while maintaining end-to-end encryption. The system uses Apple's Move to iOS app for Android phones, and can be initiated during the setup process for a new (or factory reset) ‌iPhone‌.

Whatsapp Feature
This article runs through the steps involved in transferring your WhatsApp chat history from an Android phone to an ‌iPhone‌. The much-requested migration feature transfers everything in your WhatsApp history including texts, voice notes, and media files to a new ‌iPhone‌.

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Note that WhatsApp chat history migration is only supported on Android devices running Android 5.0 or later and iPhones running iOS 15.5 or later. Also, both the Android phone and the ‌iPhone‌ need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network when the migration takes place. The following steps guide you through the process.

Transfer WhatsApp Chats From Android to iPhone

  1. On your Android phone, download the Move to iOS app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Start the ‌iPhone‌ setup process of your new (or factory reset) ‌iPhone‌.
  3. When the Apps & Data setup screen appears, select Move data from Android.
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  4. On your Android phone, open the Move to iOS app and follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. On your ‌iPhone‌, tap Continue when you see the Move from Android screen, then wait for a ten-digit or six-digit code to appear.
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  6. Enter the code on your Android phone, select WhatsApp on the Transfer Data screen, then tap Start.
  7. Wait for your WhatsApp history and data to be prepared for migration. Once the process is complete, you will be signed out of WhatsApp on your Android device.
  8. Once your ‌iPhone‌ is fully setup, download WhatsApp from the App Store and sign into the service using the same phone number.

After following these steps, the WhatsApp chat history from your Android phone should appear on your new ‌iPhone‌.

Top Rated Comments

contacos Avatar
26 months ago

wow finally, i got buddies who are stuck on android cause of their whatsapp history. too many "personal photos" ?
I don’t understand these people. I automatically save everything to the camera roll, sort them into folders and delete the crap I don’t need and wipe all the chat attachments on WhatsApp itself on a weekly base. My mother is one of those people with like a 7 GB WhatsApp and she’s like „I don’t want to delete anything because I am not sure what I already / didn’t already save!“ and then complains about her iPhone being full and asks me what she could do ? /rant over haha
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_Spinn_ Avatar
26 months ago
I refuse to use WhatsApp since Meta owns them. I wish I could get more of my friends to use Signal.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jkozlow3 Avatar
26 months ago
I don't use WhatsApp, but what a PITA. There isn't a way to just have your history stored in the cloud and synced automatically when you install the app on another device? My FB/IG message history is available on every device - iOS or Android...why is WhatsApp any different? They're owned by the same company.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fede777 Avatar
26 months ago

I don't use WhatsApp, but what a PITA. There isn't a way to just have your history stored in the cloud and synced automatically when you install the app on another device? My FB/IG message history is available on every device - iOS or Android...why is WhatsApp any different? They're owned by the same company.
WhatsApp always used iCloud / Google Drive to store their backups, that's why they are not easily interchangeable. It would be way better if it had their own solution like Facebook Messenger.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dabi Avatar
26 months ago
Sheesh, I'm glad I only use Discord and Messenger and don't have such problems. Literally just log in on any platform I want and the history shows up just like that. This sounds so complicated in comparison.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4pp13 Avatar
26 months ago
So what happens if you reset your iPhone in order to do this and then restore from a backup? Will it all merge?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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