WHATSAPP has confirmed that you can finally use it to transfer your chats between Android and iPhone.
It means it’s now much easier to scrap a Google smartphone in favor of an Apple smartphone – and vice versa.
The long-awaited feature was one of Apple’s most requested updates.
Until now, it has been almost impossible to move your WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone when switching phones.
Now Apple and WhatsApp have teamed up to finally make it happen.
The Sun first reported last month that the new feature was being tested and WhatsApp had now confirmed its release.
The chat app said on Wednesday: “Today you have the opportunity to transfer your entire chat history from Android to iOS and vice versa.
“Now you have the freedom to switch to and from your favorite devices.”
Mark Zuckerberg – who runs WhatsApp’s (and Facebook) parent company Meta – previously said it was a high-demand change.
“We’re adding the ability for WhatsApp to securely switch phones and transfer your chat history, photos, videos and voice messages between Android and iPhone while maintaining end-to-end encryption,” Zuckerberg said.
“This is one of the most requested features. We introduced the iPhone to Android skill switch last year and are now adding Android to iPhone as well.”
If you have an Android phone, you need to install the latest version of Move to iOS from the Google Play Store.
This app already exists and is designed to transfer your Android texts, photos and more to new iPhone.
But it is now updated to include support for moving WhatsApp messages.
You must consent to the data being moved.
It’s then packaged – while remaining encrypted and invisible to Apple – and then moved to iOS.
The first time you log in to the iPhone, the WhatsApp data is decrypted and appears automatically.
No internet connection is required for the transfer to work – it’s peer-to-peer.
And WhatsApp doesn’t need to be updated as the transition is done on the company’s own servers.
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