Since last year, it has been possible to transfer WhatsApp chats from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. This should soon work in the other direction as well.
Unlike competing messenger services, you can’t simply transfer WhatsApp chats to another smartphone operating system. At least users who switch from the iPhone to a smartphone with Android 12 or a Samsung device can take their chat history with them in the meantime. Transferring messages, pictures and videos from Android to iOS, on the other hand, is simply not possible – users have to set up WhatsApp completely from scratch. However, the messenger service is working on a solution.
WhatsApp chat transfer from Android to iOS enters test phase
In August 2021, WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart announced that the service would be working on a transfer function from Android to iOS . Just a month later, the first hints of it appeared in the WhatsApp beta for Android smartphones, as atechbook reported. However, it remained silent about iOS itself – until now. Insider blog “WABetaInfo” has found new details about the chat transfer from Android to iOS in the current WhatsApp beta for the iPhone.
In screenshots, WABetaInfo shows how the import of chat histories should look in WhatsApp for iOS. According to this, the messenger asks for permission to restore the chats. In the same window, a warning also appears that the transfer is no longer possible afterwards, should users want to skip this step. The screenshots also show how the transfer process should look like. A progress bar can be seen, as well as the hint that the smartphone has to be unlocked and the app has to be open.
However, it is still unclear how exactly the WhatsApp chat transfer from Android to iOS works. It is likely that the app “Transfer to iOS” is needed for this, which is available for free in the Google Play Store. The transfer is probably not via the cloud, but directly via USB-C to Lightning cable from Android smartphone to iPhone.
The new feature is currently still in the development phase and is currently not yet usable. An exact schedule for the official launch is not yet known. When it is, you will find all the information on atechbook.
Also interesting: multi-device use on WhatsApp now unlocked for all users.
Two-part system makes the switch difficult
The problem with moving WhatsApp chats across systems is the use of the cloud platform. While WhatsApp on Android stores the backups in Google Drive, the messenger on iPhone uses Apple’s iCloud. Since these two systems cannot communicate with each other, the detour via a cable and a separate app is required.