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How to transfer WhatsApp chats from iPhone to Samsung phone

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WhatsApp is finally allowing you to transfer your WhatsApp chat history from an iPhone to an Android device. We've been hearing rumors of a WhatsApp iOS-Android migration tool since April, but the Facebook-owned company has yet to acknowledge it. However, we now have confirmation that the feature exists and will be available first on Samsung's newest foldables.

The latest update should help mitigate one of WhatsApp's most irritating issues: the fact that your chat history has never been officially transferable between mobile operating systems. If you utilize WhatsApp's cloud backup option, your iOS conversation history is saved in iCloud, while Android chat histories are saved in Google Drive, which means you can only transfer your chats across phones that run the same operating system.

According to WhatsApp, the new feature will initially allow transfers from iOS to Samsung's new foldables, and will then allow transfers to Samsung devices running Android 10 and up "in the coming weeks." It did not say when the feature would be available for non-Samsung Android phones.

When a user sets up a new device, WhatsApp says they will be given the opportunity to safely move their chats from an old device to the new one. A USB-C to Lightning cable will be required for the process. The new transfer tool will not merge two different WhatsApp backups (one on Google Drive and the other on iCloud). Instead, when you transfer your WhatsApp data to an Android phone and then back it up, the new backup will replace the previous Android backup.

How to transfer WhatsApp chats from iPhone to Samsung:

1.      When prompted, turn on your Samsung and connect it to your iPhone via cable.

2.      Follow along with the Samsung Smart Switch experience.

3.      Use the iPhone's camera to scan the QR code displayed on the new device when prompted.

4.      On your iPhone, tap Start and wait for the process to finish.

5.      Keep on configuring your new Samsung.

6.      When you get to the home screen, open WhatsApp and sign in with the same phone number that you used on your previous device.

7.      When prompted, tap Import and wait for the procedure to finish.

8.      After you've finished activating your new device, your chats will be ready for you.

WhatsApp wants to make this option available to more users so they can switch between platforms and take their chats with them safely.

Users should bear in mind that unless the previous device is wiped clean or WhatsApp is removed, the data will remain on the old device.

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