When both phones are on the same network, open up the “Move to iOS” app on the Android phone and follow the instructions to connect the two phones. Then select WhatsApp as the data source you want to transfer from, and the app will prepare your chats to be moved across—final prompts will confirm you want to make the switch.
This process will log you out of WhatsApp on your Android phone, and you’ll need to download the app on the iPhone you are moving to. When you first use WhatsApp on this iPhone, it’ll ask you to use the same number as on the Android device and prompt you to complete the transfer process. When the process is complete, if you are getting rid of your old phone, make sure to do a factory reset and wipe all your data.
iPhone to Android
It’s been possible to transfer your WhatsApp chat history from iPhones to Android devices since October 2021. This transfer process includes your photos, messages, voice messages, and group conversations.
The compatibility was first rolled out for Samsung phones but has since expanded to include Google Pixel phones and all devices running Android 12. To make the move, you’ll need a USB-C-to-Lightning cable to physically connect the two devices, Google explains
WhatsApp’s guide to moving your chats between iPhones and Samsung devices says you will need the Samsung SmartSwitch app installed on the new phone and the same phone number on both devices. As with moving from Android to an iPhone, make sure you delete or wipe your old phone if you’re getting rid of it.
WhatsApp to Signal
Signal is widely considered the best messaging app for security and privacy. Check out our guide to switching your text messages to Signal and moving your messages between devices. While you can’t directly move your WhatsApp chat history to Signal, there are some things you can do to make the switch more straightforward.
It’s possible to easily recreate your WhatsApp groups on Signal—although getting all your family and friends to ditch the Meta-owned app may be more of a challenge. To recreate your groups, open the Signal app and start a new group by tapping the pencil icon. When you are asked to add people from your contacts, tap on Skip and instead pick the option to get a link to invite people to the group (a QR code is also available). From here, you can share this link with your WhatsApp chats and allow people to move over.
WhatsApp to Telegram
Unlike Signal and WhatsApp, Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default. As a result, security experts often warn against using Telegram. However, if you still want to use Telegram, it’s possible to move your chat history from one app to the other.
On both iOS and Android, open the chat you want to move to Telegram and click on the chat’s name or details (using ⋮ on Android). From here, tap Export Chat and when you get the choice of where to share the chat, pick Telegram. When exporting chats from WhatsApp to Telegram, you have the choice to take photos and videos with you, or just chat messages.
Back up your WhatsApp chats
You can also back up your WhatsApp conversations in the cloud. This allows you to keep your messages and photos safe if you’re moving from one iPhone to another iPhone or Android to Android—for instance, if you upgrade or break your device and replace it with one using the same operating system.
Until September 2021, WhatsApp didn’t end-to-end encrypt backups, creating a potential security risk and exposing people’s chats to requests from law enforcement. However, the company has since closed that loophole, so it’s now much less of a risk to have your chats backed up to iCloud or Google’s Cloud. To back up to either platform, you will need a Google Drive account or an iCloud account.
On Android, in WhatsApp go to More options > Settings > Chats > Chat backup > Back up to Google Drive. While on iOS go to WhatsApp Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Back Up Now. You’ll then be able to set the frequency of your backups and elect whether data-heavy videos are included.
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