How to transfer WhatsApp chats from your Android device to your new iPhone

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How to transfer WhatsApp chats from your Android device to your new iPhone

It’s been just over a week since Apple unveiled its new iPhone 15 series. We’re sure many of you have already pre-booked the device or are planning to pick it up when it goes on sale. In case you happen to be an Android user though, chances are many would have told you that transferring your data to an iPhone, particularly WhatsApp chats, is a hassle. That’s not necessarily the case, though. There is an app called Move to iOS, which has you covered. Read on to find out how.  

Prerequisites for transferring WhatsApp chats

Before we talk about just how to use the Move to iOS app, it would perhaps be a good idea to go over a few prerequisites for the same first. 

1. Install the latest version of the ‘Move to iOS’ app by Apple on your Android device. You will find it on the Google Play Store and is free to use.

2. Make sure your current Android device is running on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or above. Versions before Marshmallow are not compatible with the app.

3. Next, ensure that you have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your Android device.

How to transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iOS

1. When setting up your iPhone, after selecting language and region, a screen called Apps & Data will appear. Hit “Move Data from Android” and select ‘Continue’. It will give you a single-use code.

2. Open the Move To iOS app on your Android device and enter the above code.

3. Both devices will now connect, and on your Android device, you will see a “Transfer Data” screen. Select the WhatsApp option and click Start.

4. Depending on the size of your backup data, it may take a while.

5. It will first encrypt the data and then transfer it to your iPhone.

6. Once done, simply click on “Continue Setting up iPhone” and follow the on-screen prompts.

7. Once you are done setting up your iPhone, a WhatsApp icon should appear on the screen. 

8. Tap on it and download WhatsApp from the Apple App Store.

9. Once you have logged into WhatsApp on your new device, you should see all your chats and media getting restored. 

How to transfer WhatsApp chats from your Android device to your new iPhone

Some other things to keep in mind

1. You need to use the same phone number you were using for WhatsApp on your Android device, to transfer and restore your chats.

2. Make sure your iPhone and your Android device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network or your Android phone is connected to the hotspot of the iPhone on which you are trying to transfer the chats/data.

3. WhatsApp recommends you connect both devices to a power source while doing this, as it can be a lengthy process depending on your data’s size. This is to prevent the phones from running out of battery during the process. 

ALSO READ: How to transfer contacts from an Android phone to an iPhone 

4. The data that will get transferred includes account information, profile photos, individual chats, group chats, chat history, media and settings. WhatsApp call logs and payment history data won’t get transferred to your new iPhone. 

5. While the process will automatically log you out of WhatsApp on your Android device, your data won’t be deleted from the same. 

Now, you can transfer your chats and media without worry. We hope this helps.  

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