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WhatsApp finally makes it easier for people to switch from an Android phone to an iPhone without losing their chat history. In an announcement via Facebook, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that people can now “securely switch between phones” while maintaining end-to-end encryption.
Previously, switching from Android to iPhone meant losing your chat history or relying on third-party apps. Now this is no longer a requirement with WhatsApp linked to Apple’s Move to iOS app, which is available through the Google Play Store. WhatsApp describes the steps in one support document for moving data and another for moving chat history. You’ll need to keep track of both to move everything.
However, there are caveats. First, you’ll need the latest beta version of the WhatsApp Android app, which at the time of writing is version 22.214.171.124. On the iPhone side, you will need iOS 15.5 or later and WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 or later. Here are the main software requirements, along with the Move to iOS app mentioned above.
In his announcement, Zuck said that an easier way to switch from Android to iPhone is a “most requested feature.”
We’ve added to WhatsApp the ability to securely switch between phones and transfer your chat history, photos, videos, and voice messages between Android and iPhone while maintaining end-to-end encryption. This is a highly requested feature. We introduced the ability to switch from iPhone to Android last year, and now we’re adding Android to iPhone as well.
WhatsApp is one of the best iPhone apps to stay in touch with Android users who don’t have access to iMessage, but switching from Android to iPhone has been a pain until now. As Apple prepares to announce the iPhone 14 lineup and potentially lure existing Android users into its camp, this news from WhatsApp comes at just the right time. Hopefully the Android version of the app will be out of beta in September.
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