Yikes. If you switch from an iPhone to Android, you will lose your chat history
If you’re looking to move from an iPhone to Android, the following WhatsApp update is here to help. According to @WABetaInfo, a Twitter account that scours beta versions of Facebook’s popular messaging app to find clues about future features, the next update in the pipeline for WhatsApp will make it easier to move from iOS to Android.
As it stands, there is no way to move your conversations from iPhone to Android. That’s because WhatsApp on iOS uses Apple’s iCloud to back up your messages, photos, PDFs, and more. Since Android devices cannot download from Apple’s iCloud servers, your encrypted backup files will be out of reach when you set up WhatsApp on Android.
Likewise, Android smartphones use Google Drive to store past messages, group chats and more … while there is a Google Drive app on iOS, there is currently no way to use the files stored there to run a WhatsApp account on iPhone. While some third-party apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store claim to provide the ability to move conversations between iOS and Android, WhatsApp has previously warned customers that these all violate the terms of service.
Fortunately, these apps are not needed much longer thanks to the feature developed by the WhatsApp team.
A screenshot divided by @WABetaInfo shows the process of moving your entire chat history from iPhone to Android with a single tap. Both devices must be running the latest version of WhatsApp for the process to work.
However, provided your old smartphone and new model are up to date, you should be able to radiate all your calls wirelessly between handsets in minutes – without having to backup to servers in California, and you don’t have to. to lose all your previous WhatsApp messages simply because you are moving from one operating system to another.
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The feature, which is not yet complete, allows you to keep your chats while moving from iOS to Android
WhatsApp is really playing catch-up here, with rival messaging apps like Telegram, Signal and others offering this functionality for a while.
It is speculated that this new feature will pave the way for WhatsApp users to switch between multiple devices. Until now, WhatsApp has linked users’ accounts to their phone number. This means that users can only access WhatsApp on one device at a time – and only on devices with a SIM card, such as a smartphone. That’s why WhatsApp, for example, doesn’t have an official iPad app.
While some messaging services, such as iMessage, Facebook Messenger and Telegram, allow users to reply to text messages from an iPad and then pick up where they left off with a smartphone before returning to video call again on a PC or tablet …. WhatsApp users cannot do all of that.
By allowing chats to be moved wirelessly from iPhone to Android, WhatsApp could lay the foundation for users to switch seamlessly between their smartphone, an Android tablet, and back again.
The super sleuths at @WABetaInfo have previously found screenshots of a full-fledged iPad version of WhatsApp, so it’s clearly something the team is working on.
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