For a long time now, moving from Android to iPhone was reasonably straightforward, with one glaring exception: WhatsApp. The popular messaging service made it near impossible to export your messages and load them up on your iPhone. The most frustrating part was that you could create backups in the app itself, but had no way of transferring them across platforms.
Thankfully, that has recently changed, and you can now import your old conversations when setting up a new iPhone. With the launch of version 184.108.40.206 on iOS, WhatsApp finally lets you bring over your messages. Here are the steps you need to move your WhatsApp chats and messages from Android to iOS.
What do I need?
There are a few things you’ll require before being able to make the transfer.
Connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone (or connected to the iPhone’s hotspot)
On your iPhone:
iOS 15.5 or later
WhatsApp version 220.127.116.11 or later
The same phone number as your Android phone (same SIM)
iPhone must be factory reset or new, as it needs to connect to Move to iOS app on Android
Connected to a power source
Connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Android phone (or using its hotspot with the Android device)
How to move your WhatsApp chat history from Android to iPhone
Moving your messages is a quick and easy job now. Here’s what you need to do.
Open the Move to iOS app on your Android phone and follow the instructions.
You should be prompted to connect to your iPhone by typing in a code number.
Tap Continue and follow the prompts until you reach the Transfer Data screen.
Here you’ll see WhatsApp as an option. Select it and tap Start to begin accumulating your data. When it’s ready, you’ll see you’ve been logged out of WhatsApp on your Android phone. Tap Next to continue.
Go back to the Move to iOS app. Tap the Continue button and all your data should be transferred to the iPhone.
On your iPhone, insert the SIM from your Android phone, if you haven’t already done so.
Open WhatsApp and log into your account (being sure to use the same phone number as on your Android phone). When you see the Start button appear, tap it and your data should be loaded onto your new device.
Complete the setup on your iPhone. Once everything is in place you should see that your WhatsApp messages are all present and correct.
Martyn has been involved with tech ever since the arrival of his ZX Spectrum back in the early 80s. He covers iOS, Android, Windows and macOS, writing tutorials, buying guides and reviews for Macworld and its sister site Tech Advisor.