If you bought yourself a shiny new iPhone, you will want to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone. This guide shows if what you want to do is possible and if it is, then how you can go about doing it.
Getting an iPhone has always been exciting and many people actually look forward to this event as if it is a traditional event. Once you buy a new iPhone, the first thing you will need to do is load it up with your existing data.
All the chats, emails, and other files that you have left on your old phone should be transferred to this new device of yours. If you are particularly looking to transfer WhatsApp messages from your old Android device to the new iPhone, this guide is all you need.
There are various ways to transfer messages from WhatsApp on your Android device to your iPhone. You can use any of these as described below and get your messages migrated to your new device.
Make sure to follow the method that you think works for you as ultimately all the methods give you the same result.
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Can you Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone Directly?
Before you go any further, it is important to find out if you can actually transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone directly. The right answer here is no.
WhatsApp, as of this writing, does not allow you to transfer messages from Android to iPhone using a direct method. It is because the app only allows you to restore messages on the same type of device and in your case both Android and iPhone are two different types of phones.
However, that is not to say there are no ways for you to get your WhatsApp messages migrated over to your new iPhone. The following are some of the indirect ways to bring your messages from your Android phone to your iPhone.
Transfer WhatsApp Chats from Android to iPhone Using Email
An email has always been the easiest way to transfer and share files. If you have ever used any other file transfer methods, you have likely used email to get your task done. In the case of transferring WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone, you can make use of your email client as well.
Basically, what you can do is you can ask WhatsApp to send your chosen chat history to your selected email address. Once WhatsApp has done that, you can open that email account on your iPhone and download your entire chat history to your iOS device.
Emails work on both Android and iPhone so you can view and download your Android phone’s chat history on your iPhone as well. The following shows how you can get WhatsApp to transfer all of your messages from your Android device to your iPhone via email.
Step 1. Launch the WhatsApp app on your Android device.
Step 2. Tap on the three dots at the top-right corner and choose Settings. On the following screen, find and tap on the option that says Chats. It will open your chat settings menu.
Step 3. Scroll down on the screen that follows and tap on the option that reads Chat history. It will let you perform several actions on your WhatsApp chat history.
Step 4. On the following screen, you have several options to choose from. To transfer your WhatsApp messages to your new iPhone, you need to tap on the Export chat option at the top.
Step 5. Choose the messages you want to transfer. Then, select either Without Media or Include Media option.
Step 6. Select your email client on the following screen and it will compose a new email. Send the email to the email address that you can access on your iPhone.
When you receive the email on your iPhone, you will have your entire WhatsApp messages history on your phone.
Transfer WhatsApp Messages from Android to iPhone via WhatsApp Backup
The WhatsApp backup method to transfer messages from Android to iPhone is somewhat in a grey area. It is because this method may or may not work to help you transfer your messages. However, if you are lucky, it might just work for you and let you get all your messages transferred over to your new iPhone.
This method basically involves creating a backup of your WhatsApp messages on your Android device and then restoring that backup on your iPhone. Once the backup is restored, all of your WhatsApp messages will become available on your iPhone.
You will be creating your messages backup on Google Drive and ensure you have some free memory space available there.
Step 1. Open the WhatsApp app on your Android device.
Step 2. Tap on the three dots at the top-right corner and select Settings. Then, choose the option that says Chats to view your chat settings menu.
Step 3. Scroll all the way down and find and tap on the option that says Chat backup. It will let you backup your WhatsApp messages to Google Drive.
Step 4. On the following screen, select the Back up to Google Drive option. Then, enable the second option that reads Only when I tap “Back up”.
Step 5. Tap on the green button that says Back Up on your screen to start creating a backup of your WhatsApp messages. This can take anywhere from a few minutes to several minutes.
Step 6. Launch the WhatsApp app on your iPhone and use the same number as your Android device to set up your account. At one point, it will ask you to restore your backup. Tap on Restore and your WhatsApp messages will be restored on your iPhone.
You should now have access to all of your Android’s WhatsApp messages on your iOS-based device.
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Easily Transfer WhatsApp Messages from Android to iPhone via AnyTrans
Since Android and iPhone run two different operating systems, transferring data including WhatsApp messages between these two phones has always been an issue. However, if you do not mind using a third-party app to do the task, then your job could become a bit easier.
Enter AnyTrans for iOS, an app that allows you to transfer data between your iOS-based devices, your iOS device, and your computer, and even your Android devices and your iOS devices. This last option lets you transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone.
It is extremely easy to use the app to transfer your messages. The app uses a wizard-style procedure so you are guided at each step in the procedure to get your messages moving. The following shows how you can use the app to transfer your messages.
Step 1. Download and install the AnyTrans for iOS app on your computer.
Step 2. Connect both your iPhone and Android device to your computer and launch the app.
Step 3. Click on Social Messages Manager in the left sidebar on your screen.
Step 4. Hover your mouse over WhatsApp on the right-hand side pane and choose the option that says Android to iPhone. Then, follow the instructions displayed on your screen. These are tasks to do on your iPhone and Android.
Step 5. When your screen looks like the following, click on Restore to restore your WhatsApp messages on your iPhone.
Step 6. Wait while your WhatsApp messages are being transferred to your iPhone.
Step 7. Finally, you will get a screen that looks like the following and tells you your messages are successfully transferred.
You are all set. Your iPhone should now have all of your Android WhatsApp messages on it.
Transferring WhatsApp messages between an Android and an iPhone has always been a headache. Fortunately, some methods have surfaced recently to help you do the task without much hassle on your phones.