WhatsApp will now allow chat history transfers between iOS, Android
Chat History Transfers
This feature will cover all transfers between iO.S and Andr.oid phones, though it’s unclear when it’ll be available for all devices
Popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp has now added a new feature that will allow users to transfer chat history, including all voice notes, photos, and conversations, when switching from iO.S to Android.
According to The Verge, this long-rumoured feature was announced during Samsung’s launch event today and will initially cover transfers from iOS to the company’s new Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 and other Samsung phones “in the coming weeks.”
Eventually, this feature will cover all transfers between iOS and Andr.oid phones, though it’s unclear when it’ll be available for all devices.
The new feature should help address one of Whats-App’s most frustrating elements, which is that it’s never been officially possible to transfer chat history between mobile operating systems.
If you choose to use Whats-App’s cloud backup feature, then iO.S chat histories are stored in iCloud, while Android’s are in Google Drive, meaning it’s only possible to transfer your chats between phones running the same operating system.
This new feature transfers chat histories using a physical Lightning to USB-C cable rather than sending them via the internet.
Unfortunately, if you’ve transferred between iO.S and And.roid in the past and have two separate cloud backups, the new transfer feature won’t merge them together into a single chat history.
Instead, Whats-App tells that if you use it to migrate your chat history and then back it up, it’ll overwrite any existing backups.
Whats-App has said that the new feature will allow transfers from iO.S to Samsung’s new foldable at first, and it will allow transfers to Samsung devices running Android 10 and up “in the coming weeks.”
As per The Verge, the company declined to say when the feature might arrive for non-Samsung And.roid phones or when it’ll allow Andr.oid to iOS transfers.