Launch of the Android to iOS migration by WhatsApp

According to a recent announcement from the mobile instant messaging app WhatsApp, Android users can now transfer their data to iPhone.

This follows Mark Zuckerberg’s 14 June announcement that more devices would soon be able to use the feature.

Your account information, profile picture, individual chats, group chats, chat history, media, and settings will all be transferred when you switch from an Android device to an iPhone.

The transfer does not include your display name, peer-to-peer payment messages, or call history.

Before starting the transfer, users need to download the Move to iOS application and meet the following prerequisites:

  • Be running Android Lollipop, SDK 21 or above, or Android 5 or above
  • iOS 15.5 or above installed on the iPhone
  • WhatsApp iOS version or above on the new device
  • WhatsApp Android version or above on the old device
  • Use the same phone number in the iPhone as on the Android device
  • The iPhone must be factory new or reset to factory settings to pair with the Move to iOS app and move data from the Android phone
  • Both devices must be connected to a power source
  • Both devices need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, alternatively connect the Android device to the iPhone’s hotspot

Users’ WhatsApp data will remain on their Android devices up until they remove the messaging app or wipe their smartphone, according to the WhatsApp Android to iPhone migration FAQ page.

Once customers manually generate an iCloud backup, the transferred data will only then be uploaded to the cloud service.

In 2021, the messaging service operated by Meta made it possible to move data from iOS to Android.

The Android to iOS transfer feature was introduced by WhatsApp in January 2022 however, it was only available to Android 12–powered new Samsung and Google Pixel handsets.

Information sourced from Rual de Vries, My Broadband.

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