Android users can finally transfer their WhatsApp backup to an iPhone
It’s taken over a year, but WhatsApp has finally delivered on its promise, and you can now transfer your chat history from Android to iPhone, including photos, videos, and voice chats. Previously, iPhone users could move their chats from an iPhone to a few Samsung Galaxy phones starting in August 2021, and this was then expanded to Google’s Pixel 6 and 6 Pro starting in October. However, in addition to being able to switch to any Android phone (running Android 5 or later), you can now easily transfer your WhatsApp backup from Android to iPhone.
This eliminates the need for uncomfortable workarounds involving third-party apps and guarantees you’ll never have to pay to maintain your chat history if you switch mobile OS systems. Mark Zuckerberg announced the commencement of the implementation in mid-June 2022, stating that all Android-to-iPhone transfers will be encrypted end-to-end. If you’ve been waiting for this functionality, keep in mind that it’s done through Apple’s Move to iOS app. Your contacts, iMessage history, camera photographs and videos, online bookmarks, email accounts, and calendars will all be migrated as well.
The Move to iOS software requires a factory reset iPhone or a brand new iPhone with iOS 15.5 or later. WhatsApp chats cannot be transferred to an iPhone that is already in use. Furthermore, if you previously used WhatsApp on an iPhone and have an existing chat backup, you won’t be able to merge it with the Android backup: all you’ll get when you use the Move to iOS app is your Android phone’s chat history.