WhatsApp announced its messaging app was recently updated with the ability to transfer your WhatsApp account and almost its entire history from an Android phone to an Apple iPhone.
Apple and WhatsApp worked together to bring the feature to Apple’s Move to iOS app. Technically, it’s still in beta right now, and WhatsApp says it will take a week or two for it to roll out fully.
Below I go through how to transfer your account and give you some extra details that you need to know before going from Android to iPhone.
There are some requirements and warnings
In addition to having access to the feature, which can take a couple of weeks to access your WhatsApp account, you need to make sure you have the following:
- Your Android phone running Android version 5 or later. (Unless your phone is very, very old, this should not be a problem.)
- Your new iPhone cannot be configured. When it is switched on, it must go through “Hello” in different languages.
- Iphone must have iOS 15.5 or higher.
- You need the Move to iOS app installed on your Android phone.
- Make sure your Android phone has the latest version of WhatsApp installed.
Finally, you need to use the same phone number on both devices. To access the encrypted account data, you must use the same account number (your phone number) on both devices.
How to move WhatsApp from Android to iPhone
When you move your WhatsApp account from your old Android phone to a new iPhone, the Move to iOS app also moves the rest of the information you care about the most: your text conversations, photos and videos. It will even place a placeholder app on your iPhone’s home screen that you can tap to install the app without having to open the App Store.
And, of course, it will upload your WhatsApp account information, your profile photo, individual chats, group chats, chat history, photos, videos and settings. It is not transmitted via your call history or your display name.
Install the latest version of WhatsApp and move to iOS
If you skipped the requirements section above, be sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your Android phone along with Move to iOS app from Play Store.
2. Connect both devices to power and Wi-Fi
Connect your Android phone and iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network and connect both to power. The former requirement will facilitate the transfer of information between the devices, while the latter will ensure that none of them run out of battery while the transfer process takes place.
3. Start the transfer process
Open the Move to iOS app on your Android phone and follow the instructions until you come to a screen asking for a password. Go through the first settings screens on your iPhone and select the language and country. When you get to the quick start screen, select Set manually. Connect iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as your Android phone. Continue to follow the instructions, set Face ID and create a password when prompted.
When you arrive Apps and data screen select ** Move Data from Android. Again, follow the instructions. Eventually, you will be shown a one-time code. Enter that number on your Android phone and then confirm the connection.
On Transfer data screen, you will be asked to choose what information you want to transfer to your iPhone. WhatsApp should be listed as one of the options; make sure you choose it.
When you are ready to start the transfer process, press the Start button. The transfer can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or longer. It all depends on how much data you need to transfer.
When the transfer is complete, your WhatsApp account and the rest of the information you selected will be on your iPhone.
If you sell or trade with your old Android phone, make sure you reset it to factory settings after verifying that all your information and data is on your iPhone.
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