WhatsApp for iOS may soon have the ability to import conversations from Android devices

Deepak Gupta January 21, 2022
Updated 2022/01/21 at 9:02 AM

WhatsApp for iOS may soon bring the ability to let users move their chat history from an Android device to an iPhone. Currently, WhatsApp users on an iPhone can only migrate their chats from an existing iPhone device and cannot move their chat history from an Android device. Last year, the instant messaging app allowed its users on some Samsung and Google Pixel phones to transfer their chats from an iPhone.

according to one report by WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp for iOS beta version 22.2.74 references the ability to import chat history from an Android device. A screenshot was shared by the source that shows WhatsApp asking users for permission to import chat history.

screenshot of whatsapp chat migration feature ios wabetainfo WhatsApp

WhatsApp for iOS appears to be testing the chat history import feature to move chats from an Android device
Photo credit: WABetaInfo

The new experience has not yet been made available to beta testers. It may therefore take some time to become a reality for end users.

In September last year, WhatsApp released beta version for Android users who suggested the option to move chat history to iOS from an Android device. A similar indication initially appeared in WhatsApp for Android beta version earlier that month.

Users may need to physically connect their Android phones to a new iOS device using a USB Type-C-to-Lightning cable to move chat history. The migration process may also require users to install Apple’s Move to iOS app on their Android devices, suggested WABetaInfo.

In August last year, WhatsApp introduced iOS chat transfer feature for some Samsung devices. It was expanded to Google Pixel devices in late October. The feature to migrate iOS chats is also available for devices based on Android 12 out of the box.

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