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Whatsapp latest feature: Allow transfer WhatsApp chats between Android and iOS

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Highlights:

  • WhatsApp users will soon be able to transfer chats if they switch from an Android smartphone to an iPhone, or vice-versa.
  • At present, there is no official way to transfer the chat history between new devices.
  • Telegram already supports multi-platform and device chat migration.

At present, there is no official way to transfer the WhatsApp chat history between new devices, but the chatting platform is planning to update that soon for its users.

Currently, when you switch from iOS to Android or vice-versa, WhatsApp transfers your account information – profile picture, name, individual chats, group chats, and settings – but it doesn’t migrate your chat history.

WABetaInfo tweeted:

“Finally you will be able to transfer your chats between different platforms natively! It’s under development and it will likely be released when multi-device is out.”

“The development of the feature takes a long time because it will totally change your experience on WhatsApp, and a lot of things have been rewritten in order to be compatible with multi-devices.”

The website has also shared a screenshot, which shows that a user required to use the latest version of WhatsApp to transfer chat history to an Android phone.

Whatsapp latest feature: Why chat migration is a big deal?

The chat migration is one of the biggest worries at the moment for WhatsApp users who want to switch their devices from iOS to Android or vice versa. Both platforms use different cloud backup sources, which makes it really hard for the user to retrieve any chats. For those unaware, the Android version uses Google Drive, while the iOS version uses iCloud.

The messaging app lets you back up your data to a third-party cloud storage app but doesn’t support chat history migration from one device to another.

As always, with upcoming WhatsApp features, there’s no timeline when the feature will be made available for the general public. But considering the messaging company has started exploring the feature, we might see the chat migration option in the future beta update.

On the other hand, WhatsApp competitors such as Signal and Viber do offer this functionality, so WhatsApp might want to hustle up with this feature considering it as the priority for the platform’s new update.

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