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How to transfer WhatsApp chats to a new smartphone

WhatsApp regularly creates backups of chat histories, which can be used to transfer the messenger unchanged to a new smartphone. How this is done step by step is explained by atechbook.

Anyone who buys a new smartphone does not want to do without all the conversations and pictures that were exchanged with WhatsApp when switching. Fortunately, the messenger offers a handy cloud backup function that allows you to easily transfer all chat histories to the new device. atechbook shows you how it works.

Transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to a new Android smartphone

atechbook editor Rita Deutschbein explains how easy the chat transfer works:

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WhatsApp can automatically save chat histories to the Google Drive cloud as a backup if this feature has been enabled by the user. This greatly simplifies the move to a new Android smartphone. But even without a cloud backup, transferring chats manually is relatively easy.

1. cloud backup

  • On the old phone, navigate to the backup options in WhatsApp under Settings>Chats>Chat backup.
  • Click on Backup
  • Install WhatsApp on the new smartphone and verify the phone number
  • When you set up WhatsApp on the new device, you will now get the option to restore the chat backup

2. manually

    • Connect your old and new smartphone to a computer and enable data transfer (MTP) on both devices
    • Copy the WhatsApp folder in the phone memory of the old device to the memory of the new device
    • Alternatively, you can copy only the Databases folder to transfer only the chat histories, but not photos and videos

Transfer WhatsApp chats from iPhone to new iPhone

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Unlike on Android, WhatsApp on iPhone uses Apple’s iCloud to create backups of chat history. Restoring the backup will only work if you use the new iPhone with the same Apple ID as your old one.

  • On the old iPhone, navigate to Settings>Chats>Chat Backup in WhatsApp.
  • Click on Create Backup Now
  • Install WhatsApp on the new smartphone and verify the phone number
  • When you set up WhatsApp on the new device, you will now be given the option to restore the chat backup

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Transfer WhatsApp chats from iOS to Android

Those who change their mobile operating system will get support from Whatsapp. When switching from iOS to Android, a new function can now be used that can transfer chat histories directly from device to device. This was announced by the company.

Initially, the new feature is only available on Samsung phones with Android 10 and the Smart Switch app installed, but according to the Facebook subsidiary, it will soon be available on other Android devices. A USB-C to Lightning cable is needed to connect the smartphones.

For transferring chats from iOS to Android, there is also the option of extracting the corresponding data from the backup file created by the iTunes desktop application for the iPhone. This data can then be transferred to the Android smartphone using the paid app “WazzapMigrator” from the Google Play Store.

Transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iOS

After users have long hoped for an official way to take WhatsApp chats from Android to iOS, there is finally good news. WhatsApp and Apple have announced a corresponding update that allows the transfer of data from Android to iPhone.

The function is made possible by the new version of the “Transfer to iOS” app in the Google Play Store, which allows devices that are on a Wi-Fi network to communicate. Detailed information about the update can be found here:

WhatsApp chats can now be taken from Android to iPhone.

Until the update, it was only possible to transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iOS via a third-party solution. However, this was anything but customer-friendly, did not always work reliably and also cost money.

Paid third-party providers

For moving from Android to iOS and vice versa, there is also the paid program “dr.fone” from the Chinese company Wondershare. The program actually works, but the license for one year also costs just under $30. There is also a free trial version of “Backuptrans”, which can transfer up to 20 messages. If this works and the transfer is worth just under $20 to you, your previous chats will also show up on the iPhone. Extreme caution is advised with both programs, as you will be giving your entire chat history, including pictures and videos, to the software providers.

Since all of these tools cost cash and the functionality is not fully guaranteed, we cannot recommend any of these solutions.

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Back up chats via email

In addition, there is the option to have chat histories sent via email. These are then not in WhatsApp, but also not completely lost. WhatsApp had to deactivate the feature in the meantime due to a patent dispute with Blackberry. However, this has since been resolved.

With material from dpa

Topics

  • Android
  • iOS
  • iPhone
  • Messenger
  • WhatsApp