Users switching from an Android phone to an iPhone can now take their WhatsApp data with them. This feature could have a noticeable effect on the mobile market, as many Android users likely hesitated to switch to iPhone for fear of losing their chat data.
WhatsApp’s latest update lets users migrate their account information, profile photo, individual chats, group chats, chat history, media, and settings from Android to iOS. Unfortunately, peer-to-peer payment messages, call history, and display names can’t transfer. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the migration uses end-to-end encryption, so Meta and WhatsApp can’t see your data. Zuckerberg also said this was one of WhatsApp’s most requested features since the ability to move data from iOS to Android appeared last year.
For the transfer, the Android device needs to be running Android 5 or Android OS Lollipop SDK 21 and above, with WhatsApp Android version 188.8.131.52 or newer. The iPhone must be at factory settings with iOS 15.5 or above installed along with WhatsApp iOS version 184.108.40.206 or above. The phone number must remain the same as well. You cannot transfer data from an old number to a new one.
The process happens through Apple’s Move to iOS app, available on the Google Play Store. Follow the series of prompts on both devices while activating a new iPhone. After the transfer is complete, the old Android phone will retain its WhatsApp data until you delete it. The data copied to the iPhone won’t go into the cloud until you make an iCloud backup.