More Android devices to get feature soon.
Samsung Devices First to Get iOS-to-Android WhatsApp Chat Migration Feature
One of the most troublesome things for many WhatsApp users is migrating their chats while switching from an iOS to Android phone and vice versa. In May this year, Facebook-owned WhatsApp was reportedly working on this very issue.
On September 2, WhatsApp announced that it has added the feature that lets users migrate their chat history while switching from iOS to Samsung Android devices, according to a blog post.
During its August Unpacked event, Samsung had shed light on the new feature as addressing one of the more frustrating features, or lack thereof. Previously, if users chose to store data on WhatsApp’s cloud backup, the iOS chat histories could be stored in iCloud, while Android’s were backed up to Google Drive. This made it nearly impossible to transfer chats between phones with different operating systems.
The blog reads, “We’re excited to start rolling out the ability to move your WhatsApp history from iOS to Android. This happens without your messages being sent to WhatsApp in the process and includes voice messages, photos and videos. To start, this feature is available on any Samsung device running Android 10 or higher, and will be available on more Android devices soon.”
However, if you’re migrating from an iPhone to a Samsung Android device, your account information, profile photo, individual chats, group chats, chat history, media and settings are transferable, while your call history or display name are not.
After completing the migration, your old iPhone would still have your data stored on it, unless you remove WhatsApp or reboot the device. Also, the data that has been transferred will not go to cloud after the migration. According to WhatsApp, your transferred data can’t be seen by them.