Since early 2016, WhatsApp has protected messages and conversations despatched in its app with end-to-end encryption. Because of this no person aside from the sender and receiver of messages can learn their content material—not even Meta can learn or listen in on the contents of your conversations.
Regardless of WhatsApp being omnipresent—greater than 2 billion folks use it every month—securely transferring your encrypted chats and pictures to totally different platforms or apps has been a problem. Transferring your WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone and from iPhone to Android has traditionally solely been potential utilizing third-party apps. These apps are sometimes fiddly and don’t essentially shield your knowledge on the degree provided by WhatsApp’s ecosystem.
However in current months WhatsApp has made it potential to formally change between iPhones and Android (and vice versa), rolling out processes to securely transfer knowledge between working methods and dealing with telephone producers to allow the transfer.
Should you’re fed up with Meta’s ecosystem, it’s additionally potential to maneuver your teams and a few chat knowledge to different messaging apps. Right here’s the right way to transfer all your WhatsApp chats and backups.
Android to iPhone
Transferring your WhatsApp account from Android to an iPhone includes a couple of steps. Nevertheless it needs to be potential to convey most of your info with you: Your profile picture, particular person and group chats, historical past, pictures, movies, and settings can all make the soar from one system to a different. Your name historical past and show title can’t be moved throughout, nonetheless, WhatsApp says.
A lot of the work in transferring your WhatsApp knowledge comes earlier than you make the shift. To maneuver between gadgets, that you must guarantee you’ve the identical telephone quantity on every. Earlier than you begin the method, be sure you have a not too long ago up to date model of WhatsApp in your Android telephone. You additionally have to be operating at the very least Android 5 on the system you’re transferring from and iOS 15.5 on the iPhone you’re transferring to. (The iPhone must be a brand new system or have been not too long ago reset to its manufacturing unit settings.)
Subsequent, obtain and set up the “Transfer to iOS” app from Google’s Play Retailer—this Apple-owned app will do all of the heavy lifting. If you’re able to migrate your knowledge, plug each gadgets into an influence supply and join each telephones to the identical Wi-Fi community. (Should you don’t have a Wi-Fi community, it’s potential to make use of a hotspot to attach your Android telephone to the iPhone.)
When each telephones are on the identical community, open up the “Transfer to iOS” app on the Android telephone and comply with the directions to attach the 2 telephones. Then choose WhatsApp as the information supply you need to switch from, and the app will put together your chats to be moved throughout—closing prompts will affirm you need to make the change.
This course of will log you out of WhatsApp in your Android telephone, and also you’ll must obtain the app on the iPhone you might be transferring to. If you first use WhatsApp on this iPhone, it’ll ask you to make use of the identical quantity as on the Android system and immediate you to finish the switch course of. When the method is full, if you’re eliminating your previous telephone, be sure that to do a manufacturing unit reset and wipe all of your knowledge.
iPhone to Android
It’s been potential to switch your WhatsApp chat historical past from iPhones to Android gadgets since October 2021. This switch course of consists of your pictures, messages, voice messages, and group conversations.
The compatibility was first rolled out for Samsung telephones however has since expanded to incorporate Google Pixel telephones and all gadgets operating Android 12. To make the transfer, you’ll want a USB-C-to-Lightning cable to bodily join the 2 gadgets, Google explains. “When prompted whereas organising your new Android system, scan a QR code in your iPhone to launch WhatsApp,” the corporate says in a weblog submit. Alternatively, in WhatsApp you’ll be able to go to Settings > Chats > Transfer Chats to Android and comply with the switch prompts.