WhatsApp previously announced a feature that would allow users to easily switch their WhatsApp data from Android to iOS. The feature had started rolling out to WhatsApp Beta, but it looked like it was in A/B testing as it hadn’t rolled out to many beta users who were still unable to access the feature . But that seems to have changed now. According to WABetaInfo, more users will be able to transfer their chat history to iOS with the WhatsApp beta update for Android 126.96.36.199, as the feature appears to be rolling out more widely.
At the time of the feature’s announcement, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a statement: “We are adding to WhatsApp the ability to securely switch between phones and transfer your chat history, photos, videos and your voicemails between Android and iPhone while maintaining end-to-end encryption. This is a much-requested feature. We launched the capability switch from iPhone -> Android last year, and now we are also adding Android -> iPhone,” he said.
How to Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iOS
First, you need to make sure that the iPhone you are transferring to has been updated to iOS 15.5 or above. Also, it needs to be cleaned and restored to factory settings. Then you need to download Apple’s “Move to iOS” app from Google Play Store on your Android phone first.
Make sure your WhatsApp is updated to the latest version. Next, connect both phones to power sources and connect them to the same WiFi network. Now you need to open the Move to iOS app on the Android phone and follow the on-screen instructions. Then you will be asked to enter a code. You can find this code in iPhone’s “Move data from Android” option in iOS setup wizard.
After entering the code, tap “Continue” and follow the on-screen instructions again. Select the “WhatsApp” option on the data transfer screen. Next, tap “Start” on your Android and wait for WhatsApp to compile all your data ready to export. At the end of this process, you will be logged out of WhatsApp on your Android phone.
Tap “Next” to return to the Migrate to iOS app and tap “Continue” to start data transfer. Once done, install WhatsApp on the iPhone and log in with the same phone number. After activating WhatsApp using the same number, you should be able to see your WhatsApp chat data on your iPhone. Note that some data such as payment history and call history will not be transferred.