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WhatsApp will finally allow users to transfer their chat history between Android and iOS

By Kenny Yeo - on 12 Aug 2021, 9:47am

WhatsApp will finally allow users to transfer their chat history between Android and iOS

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WhatsApp will finally allow users to transfer their chat histories when they switch from an iOS to Android device or vice versa. Users will be able to transfer entire chat histories including all voice notes, photos, and conversations.

The announcement was made last night during Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event where the company introduced a slew of new devices including the Galaxy Z Fold3, Z Flip3, Galaxy Watch4, and Galaxy Buds2.

The feature will be available first on Samsung's new Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 phones and other Samsung phones "in the coming weeks". 

This new feature solves one of WhatsApp's biggest annoyances. Prior to this, you could never transfer chat histories between iOS and Android devices because WhatsApp's backup feature uses iCloud on iOS devices and Google Drive on Android devices. You could therefore only transfer chat histories if you stayed within the same OS. 

According to reports, users will need a Lightning to USB-C cable to effect the transfer. And for users who have already made the switch from iOS to Android or Android to iOS in the past and have two separate cloud backups, there's no feature yet to merge them.

No word yet on when this feature will be coming to non-Samsung Android phones and also iPhones. Though one suspects WhatsApp might try to slide this announcement in during the new iPhone unveiling sometime in September.

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