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, with WhatsApp saying it will take a week or two for it to fully launch.
Below, I’ll walk you through how to transfer your account and provide some additional details you need to know before making the switch from Android to iPhone.
There are some requirements and notes
In addition to gaining access to the feature, which can take several weeks to access your WhatsApp account, you need to ensure the following:
- Your Android phone runs Android version 5 or later. (Unless your phone is very very old, this shouldn’t be a problem.)
- Unable to set up your new iPhone. When powered on, it goes through “Hello” in different languages.
- The iPhone will need to be running iOS 15.5 or later.
- You’ll need to install the Switch to iOS app on your Android phone.
- Make sure that your Android phone has the latest version of WhatsApp installed.
Ultimately, you’ll need to use the same phone number on both devices. To be able to access encrypted account data, you need to use the same account number (your phone number) on both devices.
How to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone
In the process of transferring your WhatsApp account from your old Android phone to your new iPhone, the Move to iOS app also transfers the rest of the information you care about most: Your text conversations, photos, and videos. It will even put a placeholder app icon on your iPhone’s home screen that you can tap to install apps without having to open the App Store.
And of course, it will transfer your WhatsApp account information, profile picture, individual chats, group chats, chat history, pictures, videos and settings. It will not cycle through your call history or display name.
1. Install the latest version of WhatsApp and switch to iOS
If you have skipped the above requirement, make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your Android phone along with Switch to iOS apps from the 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 a power source. The former will facilitate the transfer of information between devices, while the latter will ensure that no device runs out of battery while the transfer takes place.
3. Start the transfer
Open the Migrate to iOS app on your Android phone and follow the prompts until you get to a screen asking for a passcode. Go through the initial setup screen on your iPhone, select your language and country. When you get to the Quick Start screen, select Manual setting. Connect iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as your Android phone. Continue to follow the prompts, set up Face ID, and generate a passcode when prompted.
When you come Applications & Data select screen **Move Data from Android. Again, follow the prompts. Finally, you will be shown a one-time code. Enter that number on your Android phone, then approve the connection.
Above Data transmission screen, you’ll be asked to choose what information you want to include on your iPhone. WhatsApp should be listed as one of the options; Make sure you choose it.
When you’re ready to start the transfer, tap the Start button. The transfer can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or so. It all depends on how much data you need to transfer.
Once the transfer is complete, your WhatsApp account and the rest of the information you selected will be on your iPhone.
If you are selling or trading your old Android phone, make sure that you factory reset your phone after verifying all the information and data present on your iPhone.