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WhatsApp users can now transfer chats between iOS and Android, but there’s a catch

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  • WhatsApp users can now transfer chat data between iOS and Android devices
  • This feature was announced at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event
  • The new feature will be initially available for Samsung phones

WhatsApp users can now transfer chat history between iOS and Android devices. After being rumoured for several weeks, the feature was finally showcased at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event yesterday. The new feature offers a convenient way to transfer WhatsApp chat history when a user switches from an iPhone to an Android smartphone or vice-versa.

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Since the feature was announced during the Samsung event, it it will be available first for iPhone users who are planning to switch to new Samsung flagships such as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. However, it will be made available for other Android devices with Android 10 or above in the coming weeks.

WhatsApp finally lets you transfer data between iOS and Android

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WhatsApp now allows transferring data between iOS and Android devices

Even though WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms, it did not allow users to transfer messages history between iPhone and Android until now. WhatsApp backs up data like chat history, voice notes, and media files in Google Drive on Android devices. On the other hand, WhatsApp uses iCloud to backup data on iPhones. Since Android and iOS phones do not run on the same devices, migrating WhatsApp data had been an issue until now. However, the new feature allows users to migrate chat history between iOS and Android devices or vice-versa through a data cable.

How to transfer WhatsApp data between iPhone and Android

To transfer backup data, both iOS and Android devices are required to be physically connected through a USB Type-C to Lightning cable. Currently, there is no way to migrate data wirelessly.

In case there is more than one backup in the cloud storage, the backups will not be merged. Instead, the transferred data will overwrite the existing backup. Since there is a risk of losing old data, users need to be very sure when they overwrite an existing backup.

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Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.