WhatsApp is building the capability to migrate your chat history when you switch from iOS to Android — including all voice recordings, photos, videos and conversations. The feature was announced during Samsung’s launch event today and will initially cover transfers from iOS to the company’s new Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 and other Samsung phones “in the coming weeks.” Eventually, the feature will cover all transfers between iOS and Android phones, though it’s unclear when it’ll be available for all devices.
The new feature should help address one of WhatsApp’s most frustrating elements, which is that it’s never been officially possible to transfer your chat history between mobile operating systems. If you choose to use WhatsApp’s cloud backup feature, then iOS chat histories are stored in iCloud, while Android’s are in Google Drive, meaning it’s only possible to transfer your chats between phones running the same operating system.
Or of course, unless you use a modern day software solution which allows you to migrate WhatsApp between platforms in the click of a button.
The new feature transfers chat histories using a physical Lightning to USB-C cable rather than sending them via the internet. Unfortunately, if you’ve transferred between iOS and Android in the past and have two separate cloud backups, the new transfer feature won’t merge them together into a single chat history. Instead, WhatsApp tells me that if you use it to migrate your chat history and then back it up, it’ll overwrite any existing backups.
WhatsApp says the new feature will allow transfers from iOS to Samsung’s new foldables at first, and it will allow transfers to Samsung devices running Android 10 and up “in the coming weeks.” It declined to say when the feature might arrive for non-Samsung Android phones or when it’ll allow Android to iOS transfers.
Of course, this news is interesting to those who have struggled with the migration historically. For many though, they’ve stumbled across this post, which shows you just how to transfer all of your WhatsApp goodness from one operating system to the other.
Here, we’ll leave you the best solutions on the software market for porting all of your WhatsApp messages, groups, videos and chats across to the same platform or a different platform, in just a few clicks.