After weeks of guess work, WhatsApp has finally enabled the transfer of message history and content between Android and iOS.A Samsung Unpacked event officially announced the feature today.For the first time, Samsung’s new foldable Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 will be able to transfer data from an iOS device to the new device.
“In the coming weeks,” the feature will gradually roll out to Samsung devices running Android 10 or higher.
The launch date of this new option is unclear, but it appears Samsung pulled strings to secure exclusivity in the hopes of finally convincing iPhone users to switch to the Samsung brand.How long before Android users can transfer data to iPhones?
When both iOS and Android devices are physically connected via USB-C to Lightning cable, transferring chats will be possible (the one conveniently included with all modern iPhones).
Transfers between platforms will not be possible over the internet.Your chat history, images, and voice messages will not be combined if you have more than one cloud backup.When a new backup is made, the transferred data will overwrite the existing backup.
There has never been an official way to transfer your WhatsApp chat history between mobile operating systems, which is one of WhatsApp’s most frustrating features.WhatsApp’s cloud backup feature stores iOS chat histories in iCloud, while Android chat histories are stored in Google Drive. This means that you can only transfer your chats between phones running the same OS.