WhatsApp rolls out new Chat History Transfer feature

Update: WhatsApp has now confirmed in a blog post that the ability for users to migrate their chat history from iOS to Samsung Android devices is now out of the beta phase and is available for all users. The company has also said that this feature will be made available for other Android devices in the coming months.

A few things you need to be able to transfer your iPhone backup to Android successfully are:

  • Samsung SmartSwitch app version or greater installed on your new device
  • WhatsApp iOS version or greater on your old (iPhone) device
  • WhatsApp Android version or greater on your new device
  • USB-C to Lightning cable
  • Use the same phone number on the new device as the old device.
  • Your new Android device must be factory new or reset to factory settings.

To know the steps to conduct the transfer and more related to this, do visit the FAQ section here.

Original Article: Yes, you heard it right, WhatsApp has finally announced a feature that everyone was waiting for for a long time. This feature will enable you to carry your chat history while switching across mobile platforms (Android and iOS).

Earlier, on shifting from Android to iOS or opposite, you would lose your chat history, which was not always good as there might be some sensitive chats. That would no longer happen as Whatsapp has introduced this new feature making this problem sorted (for some mobile users for now).

First reported by Engadget, Whatsapp launched this new feature during the Galaxy Unpacked event and stated that it is coming first on Samsung phones running Android 10 or higher, also including the newly launched Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. However, further said that this feature would be available on every other Android phone at some time. 

This transfer of chats will also include pictures and voice notes. The company also revealed the difficulties they faced while implementing this feature. This feature was hard to implement because the messages on the platform are completely encrypted end to end and stored on the device. According to the company, migrating them had cost additional work from Whatsapp, OS developers, and phone makers.

This announcement will be helpful to those users who want to switch to Android from iPhone and for the current Android user who may have an eye on the upcoming Apple iPhone 13. Moreover, Samsung is hopeful that it will rope the users towards the Galaxy phones.


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