Zuckerberg made the announcement in a recent Facebook post. WhatsApp has been working on chat migration between iOS and Android for over a year now. Conversation history exports to iOS became available on select Samsung devices in August 2021, and Google’s Pixel phones followed soon after.
The feature is now rolling out to the wider Android population following months of wait. Moving chats to iOS has for long been one of the most requested features among WhatsApp users, and the newly announced functionality covers everything from texts and voice notes to media files.
WhatsApp chat migration is only supported on Android devices running Android 5.0 (or later) and iPhones running iOS 15.5 (or later). In addition, WhatsApp history can only be migrated to an iPhone through the Move to iOS app, when setting it up for the first time or after a factory reset.
To import your WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone, you need to:
- Connect both the donor device (Android) and the recipient (iOS) to the same Wi-Fi network.
- When your iPhone gets to the Move to iOS screen, launch the Move to iOS app on your Android device and follow the onscreen instructions.
- Enter the code your iPhone is displaying on the Android device.
- On the Transfer Data screen, make sure WhatsApp is selected.
- Tap on Start on your Android device.
- Wait for your WhatsApp history and data to be readied for migration. Once the process is complete, you will be signed out of WhatsApp on your Android device.
- Tap Next to be taken back to the Move to iOS app.
- Wait for the app to complete the transfer process.
- Once your iPhone is up and running, install WhatsApp Messenger from the App Store and log in using the same number you were using on Android.
- Tap on Start, and WhatsApp will proceed to restore all of your chats and media.