If you just got a new iPhone, one of the first things you should do is import your WhatsApp chats from your previous device. Conversations can be tricky to navigate if you don’t have access to the chat history. Since you probably use WhatsApp’s ‘Message Yourself’ feature to store important information, you would want those messages to be carried forward to your new device as well. Android to iOS chat migration wasn’t possible for the longest time, but luckily there is a native process for it now. So, without further ado, here are the best ways to transfer your WhatsApp chat history from Android to iOS.
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Use the Move to iOS app
Before using Move to iOS, make sure these prerequisites are met.
- Android 5 or above installed on your Android smartphone.
- iOS 15.5 is installed on your iPhone.
- Move to iOS app is installed on your Android smartphone.
- iPhone must have WhatsApp version 188.8.131.52 or higher.
- Android smartphone must have WhatsApp version 184.108.40.206 or higher.
- Your phone number must be the same across both devices.
- iPhone must be new or reset to factory settings.
- Both devices must be connected to a power source.
- Both devices must be connected to the same WiFi network. Use a WiFi hotspot if necessary.
Here’s how you can migrate your WhatsApp data from Android to iOS using the Move to iOS app.
Step 1: Launch the Move to iOS app on your Android smartphone.
Step 2: Enter the code displayed on your iPhone.
Step 3: Tap on ‘Continue’ and follow the on-screen instructions.
Step 4: Select ‘WhatsApp’ on the Transfer Data page.
Step 5: Tap ‘Start’ on your Android smartphone to begin the export of data. Once the data is prepared, you will be signed out of your WhatsApp account on your Android smartphone.
Step 6: Tap on ‘Next’ and return to the Move to iOS app.
Step 7: Tap on ‘Continue’ to transfer data on your iPhone. Wait until the transfer is complete.
Step 8: Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone and log in using your phone number.
Step 9: Tap on ‘Start’ to finish migrating your data to your iPhone.
Step 10: Finish activating your iPhone. You will find your chats on opening WhatsApp.
Wondershare MobileTrans is a great tool to transfer your WhatsApp data from Android to iOS. Here is a step-by-step breakdown.
Step 1: Install and launch the Wondershare MobileTrans tool on your PC.
Step 2: Select ‘WhatsApp Transfer’.
Step 3: Click on the WhatsApp module and select ‘Transfer WhatsApp Messages’.
Step 4: Connect your Android and iOS devices to your PC. MobileTrans will load all your WhatsApp data before transferring it.
Step 5: Make sure the data is being transferred from Android to iOS. If it is the other way round, click on ‘Flip’.
Step 6: Click on ‘Start’ to initiate the data migration. Your WhatsApp data will be transferred from your Android smartphone to your iPhone within a few minutes.
These are the best ways to transfer your WhatsApp chat history and data from Android to iOS. You can also email your chat history to yourself as a text file and access it on your iPhone. However, you will only be able to read those chats within the file as WhatsApp does not load them in the app. The safest way to go about chat migration is by using the Move to iOS app. This is because WhatsApp doesn’t see your data while it’s being migrated. Once transferred, your data will not be removed from your Android smartphone unless you delete it yourself.
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