WhatsApp begins beta testing of chat history transfers from Android to iOS
Last year, WhatsApp added the ability to transfer chat history from iOS to Android, starting with Samsung (in August) and eventually coming to all Android 12 devices (in October). The transfer in the other direction, from Android to iOS, goes into beta testing today.
This means that it will be some time before the option is available to everyone. But if you are using the beta version of WhatsApp, here are some key requirements:
- Android 5 (Lollipop) or later, WhatsApp (Android) 18.104.22.168 or later
- iOS 15.5, WhatsApp (iOS) 22.214.171.124 or later
- Same phone number as old phone
- Only possible during initial iPhone setup
The transfer is done using Apple’s Move to iOS app and is done locally. This means that both the old phone and the new phone must be on the same Wi-Fi network (a Wi-Fi hotspot works too) and both must be connected to a charger.
Apple’s Move to iOS app
Please note that the data on the Android device will not be erased automatically, you can do it yourself afterwards. Also, although the messages will be transferred, the peer-to-peer payment messages and your WhatsApp call history will not be transferred to the iPhone.
Please read the official guide for more details on how to transfer your chat data. If you have a problem, this page contains troubleshooting tips.
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