How to transfer your WhatsApp account from Android to iPhone

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whatsapp announced the messaging app was recently updated with the ability to transfer your WhatsApp account and almost all of its history from an Android phone to an Apple iPhone.

Apple and WhatsApp teamed up to bring the feature to Apple’s Move to iOS app. Technically, it’s still in beta right now, with WhatsApp saying it will take a week or two for it to be fully rolled out.

Below I’ll show you how to transfer your account and provide some additional details you need to know before making the switch from Android to iPhone.

There are some requirements and caveats

In addition to being able to access the feature, which can take a few weeks to reach your WhatsApp account, make sure you have the following:

  • Your Android phone with Android version 5 or later. (Unless your phone is very, very old, this shouldn’t be a problem.)
  • Your new iPhone cannot be set up. When enabled, it should browse “Hello” in different languages.
  • The iPhone must be running iOS 15.5 or later.
  • You must have the Move to iOS app installed on your Android phone.
  • Make sure your Android phone has the latest version of WhatsApp installed.

Finally, you must use the same phone number on both devices. To access the encrypted account information, you must use the same account number (your phone number) on both devices.

How to move WhatsApp from Android to iPhone

While moving your WhatsApp account from your old Android phone to a new iPhone, the Move to iOS app also moves the rest of the information you care about most: your text conversations, photos, and videos. It will even put a placeholder app icon on your iPhone’s home screen that you can tap to install the app without opening the App Store.

And of course, your WhatsApp account information, your profile picture, individual chats, group chats, chat history, photos, videos and settings will be transferred. It will not be transferred through your call history or your display name.

1. Install the latest version of WhatsApp and go to iOS

If you skipped the required section above, make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your Android phone along with the Move to iOS app from the Play Store.

2. Connect both devices with power and WiFi

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Connect your Android phone and iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network and connect both to the power outlet. The former will facilitate the transfer of information between the devices, while the latter will ensure that neither of them runs out of battery while the transfer process is taking place.

3. Start the transfer process

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Open the Move to iOS app on your Android phone and follow the prompts until you get a screen asking for a passcode. Go through the initial setup screens on your iPhone and select your language and country. When you get to the quick start screen, select Set manually† Connect the iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as your Android phone. Continue to follow the prompts, set up Face ID and create a passcode when prompted.

When you’re at the Apps and data select screen **Move Data from Android† Follow the directions again. Eventually you will see a one-time code. Enter that number on your Android phone and then approve the connection.

On the data transfer screen, you will be prompted to select what information you want to transfer to your iPhone. WhatsApp should be listed as one of the options; make sure you select it.

When you are ready to start the transfer process, tap the Start button. The transfer can take a few minutes to an hour or more. It all depends on how much data you need to transfer.

Once the transfer is complete, your WhatsApp account and the rest of the information you selected will be on your iPhone.

If you are selling or trading in your old Android phone, be sure to factory reset it after verifying that all your information and data is on your iPhone.

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