WhatsApp users are finally getting the chance to switch from Android phone to iPhone after a lot of waiting. The instant messaging app announced a new capability in beta on Tuesday. This update allows users to transfer their WhatsApp account information, profile photo, personal and group chats, chat history, media and settings from Android phone to iPhone. Last year, WhatsApp enabled users to transfer their chats from iPhone to Android phone. However, that change has so far been limited to select Samsung and Google phones.
Nearly 10 months after the official announcement, WhatsApp has begun to make available the ability to transfer data from Android phones to the iPhone. Users need to install the latest Move to iOS app on their Android phone to start the transfer process.
“We are adding to WhatsApp the ability to securely switch between phones and transfer your chat history, photos, videos and voice messages between Android and iPhone while maintaining end-to-end encryption. This is the most requested feature,” said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO, Meta. Said In a comment on his Facebook page announcing the update.
Gadgets told 360 that WhatsApp’s beta that transfers its data from Android phone to iPhone is slowly becoming available and will take almost a week to reach all users.
Users must have a device running Android 5 or higher for the transfer, but the iPhone must be running at least iOS 15.5 to move data. WhatsApp is required for Android version 126.96.36.199 or higher to enable data transfer. Must have Move to iOS app installed on Android phone. Furthermore, users need to have their Android phone number on the iPhone to move data.
Instead of transferring WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android phone, the two devices need to be physically connected via cable, while the migration from Android to iPhone takes place wirelessly. However, both devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network or the Android device must be connected to the iPhone’s hotspot connection. According to one it is also necessary to connect the devices to the power source to enable data transfer FAQ page.
Since the process is working through the Move to iOS app, it is important to note that the iPhone data to which WhatsApp data needs to be transferred must be factory reset or reset to factory settings.
How to transfer WhatsApp data from Android phone to iPhone
If the requirements are ready, you can transfer your WhatsApp data from Android phone to iPhone by following the steps given below.
Open the Move to iOS app on your Android phone and follow the on-screen prompts.
Displays your iPhone code. Enter that code on your Android phone when prompted.
Press Continue And follow the on-screen prompts.
Now, select WhatsApp On Transfer data Screen.
Press Later Move back to the iOS app.
Knocking Continue To start the transfer process. It may take some time to transfer all your data. The Move to iOS app confirms once the transfer process is complete.
After the above steps, you will need to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your iPhone from the App Store. You must log in to the app using the same phone number you used on your old device. The app will ask you to tap Get started To complete the transfer on the iPhone.
Transferring data does not mean that even your current WhatsApp backups stored on Google Drive will be transferred to your iCloud storage. Once the migration is complete you will need to manually back up your content via iCloud. If you already have a WhatsApp backup stored in your iCloud, it will be replaced with a new one.
Your Android phone will still hold your WhatsApp data – unless you delete the app or wipe your phone data.