Today, Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook, “We offer WhatsApp the ability to securely switch between phones and transfer your chat history, photos and voice messages between Android and iPhone while maintaining end-to-end encryption.” Adding. This is a top requested feature. We launched the ability to switch from iPhone —-> iPhone as well.”
It appears to have been first spotted by the WABBetaInfo website. It provides information for those who want to transfer their chat history from Android to iOS. The first thing to know is that you need to have at least Android 5 installed on your Android device and iOS 15.5 on your iPhone. WABBetaInfo says that since iOS 16 is a beta version, it is not guaranteed that it will work as WhatsApp does not provide support for beta versions of iOS.
When you transfer your chat history to different platforms, WhatsApp is not able to see the data you have transferred. Also, if you wish, you will need to manually enable the end-to-end encrypted backup option within WhatsApp for iPhone, even if you have already enabled encrypted backups on WhatsApp for Android.
The Verge points out that if you already have iOS chat history, imported Android history will overwrite it. This is definitely a thing to consider if you are someone who likes to save their chats.
Engadget reports that the WhatsApp feature will help you move your content from Android to iOS. It will be part of Apple’s existing “Move to iOS” tool. To be clear, the WhatsApp feature is available as a beta for now, so you may encounter a bug during the transfer process.
According to Engadget, when you select WhatsApp, it will automatically open and ask you to give permission to move your data to iOS. Depending on the amount of material you have, it will take some time to package everything up and transfer it to your iPhone. Apple will also pre-load the WhatsApp icon on your home page so you can simply tap it to install it on your new iPhone instead of going to the App Store.
TechCrunch reports that the process you use to transfer to iOS can also be used to transfer your account information, profile pictures, individual chats, group chats, chat history, media and settings . However, you cannot transfer your call history or display name.
Overall, it seems to me that the ability to transfer your WhatsApp information from Android to iOS might be tempting for those already thinking about getting an iPhone. One thing to note is that Meta (parent company of Facebook and Instagram) owns WhatsApp.