If you’ve just bought a new Android phone or iPhone, you’ll probably want to transfer all of your data, including WhatsApp and all your personalized settings, as is.
If you want to transfer WhatsApp to a new phone, it’s not as easy as moving large files between devices, but it shouldn’t be difficult. There are workarounds that can simplify the process and ensure you don’t miss anything.
With the right apps and settings, you can transfer WhatsApp and all your settings to your new phone and make the process as easy and painless as possible. This step-by-step guide shows you how to move WhatsApp data between Android and iPhone devices.
How to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone
Android users can back up their WhatsApp data and settings via Google Drive. However, you cannot restore a backup to an iPhone or other type of phone.
In addition, there are certain tools and apps that claim to safely transfer such backups to different devices, but they are not official solutions and are not recommended by WhatsApp. It is also not recommended to transfer your personal data through unfamiliar applications or tools to different devices.
If you switch from Android phone to iPhone and use the same phone number, you can use the same SIM on your iPhone. All your WhatsApp data and settings will be transferred to your new phone.
However, if you change phone numbers, you will need to take some steps to use the same WhatsApp account on iPhone. You will start by verifying your number when you install WhatsApp on your iPhone.
- Launch WhatsApp on iPhone and tap the three dots (menu) at the top right of the screen. Click “Settings”.
- Then click Account.
- Click Change Number.
- You will receive a message: “When you change your phone number, your account, group and settings data is transferred.” Tap Next.
- Enter your old phone number and then enter your new phone number. Click Next.
- Click Finish. If you want to notify your WhatsApp contacts of the new number, you can toggle the Notify Contacts button.
If you just want to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone without settings, there is no direct way to do it. However, you can keep a read-only backup of your recordings and read them at any time.
To do this, open WhatsApp, click menu> Settings> Chats> Chat history> Export chat.
Select the chat you want to export, choose whether to include media files or not, and then save the file to Google Drive or to your email address. You can view the file later as a text file on your iPhone.
If you want to move pictures on WhatsApp, you can use apps like Google Drive, Google Photos, or OneDrive and access pictures from your new phone. Select the WhatsApp pictures folder and then go to Google Photos to back up the folder.
To do this, open Google Photos, tap Menu> Photo Settings, and toggle the Backup & sync switch. Select Back up device folders and switch the slider to the folder you want to keep.
As soon as you sign in to your new phone, all of your WhatsApp images will be copied and you can view them in Google Photos.
You can also move your personal WhatsApp data such as audio, documents, or other files. If you have an Android file manager, you can check the WhatsApp folders on your phone and then use the USB cable to transfer data from the Android device to the computer and then to the iPhone.
Alternatively, you can transfer data from your Android phone to SD card and then use SD card to transfer data to iPhone.
How to Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to Android
If you have an iPhone and want to transfer WhatsApp data to your new Android phone, you can back up your WhatsApp chats to iCloud. However, WhatsApp cannot read iCloud backups on Android, and there is no way for it to do so when installing and setting up WhatsApp on an Android device.
The third-party apps used to transfer WhatsApp data and settings from iPhone to Android are also unreliable or contain complex processes, some of which hardly work. Plus, you cannot rely on third-party solutions to securely transfer sensitive information between devices.
If you are going to use the same number, you only need to insert the SIM card into your new Android phone However, if the Android phone has a new number, please check the existing phone number after installing WhatsApp on the new phone.
- Launch WhatsApp and click on Settings> Account.
- Click Change Number and then click Next.
- Enter the old phone number and then enter the new phone number. Tap Next> Done.
- You can toggle the Notify Contacts button to notify your WhatsApp contacts when your number has changed.
If you just want to transfer WhatsApp messages from your iPhone to your new Android device, there is no direct way to do it. However, you can export chats to a ZIP file and email or save it to a location that you can access from your Android phone.
To do this, open WhatsApp, swipe left on the conversation you want to save, and then tap More> Export Chat. You can choose whether to keep all media files or not. Once you receive the file, send it via email, which you can access on your new Android phone, and then extract the ZIP file to read on your new phone.
Transfer all WhatsApp data effortlessly
Transferring WhatsApp and all your settings to a new phone shouldn’t be a painful process. There are many things you need to do with your new device. Whether you are switching from Android to iPhone or iPhone to Android, the steps above will help you easily transfer all your chats, photos, personal data and other WhatsApp settings to your new phone.
Share with us in the comments if you’ve managed to transfer WhatsApp to your new phone using this guide, or if you’re having trouble with the process.