How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages to New Phone – Easy Guide

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WhatsApp has seen outstanding success since its release in 2009, and it continues to grow and boom.

Last year (2018), WhatsApp was the 3rd most popular Social Platform, based on active user accounts, behind only Facebook and YouTube. It is, however, THE most used Messenger app, above even Facebook Messenger (source: Hootsuite)

So when you get a new phone, how to you take all these precious conversations with you? You don't want to start afresh and lose all those memories, so let's see how to take your WhatsApp messages with you wherever you go, whatever device you have!

Method 1: How to Backup WhatsApp to computer

Before we get in to how to transfer whatsapp messages to a new phone, let's see how to backup iPhone WhatsApp messages to your computer. This is essential if you want to save messages as PDF to send to somebody, or if you need to print out a conversation for a court case. You can do all of this and more with TouchCopy - let's see how:

  1. Download TouchCopy on your PC or Mac.
  2. Open TouchCopy and connect your iPhone.
  3. Click "Messages".
  4. Under "WhatsApp", click a contact to open the conversation.
  5. Click "Save PDF" to save the conversation to your computer.
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Method 2: Transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to Android

WhatsApp have kindly provided all the tools you need to be able to do this. First, create a backup of your WhatsApp messages, then restore the backup to your new device. Easy, right? Let's see how:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your Android device.
  2. Tap the Menu icon > Settings.
  3. Tap "Chats" from the list of settings.
  4. Tap Chat Backup.
  5. Tap "Account" to select or add your Google Drive account.
  6. Check "Include Videos" if you would like to export them too.
  7. Tap "Back Up" to back up your WhatsApp conversations and media to Google Drive.

Great! You now have a backup of your WhatsApp conversations stored in your Google Drive. Next, you'll need to restore this backup on your new phone.

How to restore WhatsApp chats to new phone:

  1. Install and open WhatsApp on your new Android device.
  2. Read the Terms and Conditions and tap "Agree And Continue".
  3. Verify your country and phone number when prompted.
  4. Input the six-digit verification code if required.
  5. Tap Continue to allow WhatsApp access to your Google Drive backup.
  6. Give permission for WhatsApp to check your Google Drive for a backup.
  7. Tap the account that contains your backup.
  8. Tap Restore!
  9. When the restore process is complete, tap Next to continue to the app.

Method 3: Transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone

Transferring WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone is very similar to the Android method above, except that you'll backup to iCloud rather than to Google Drive.

Step 1: First of all, make sure that you're signed into iCloud on your iPhone, and that WhatsApp has permissions to use iCloud:

  1. Open iPhone Settings.
  2. Tap your user name.
  3. Tap "iCloud" and sign in if you're not already.
  4. Tap "iCloud Drive" and set it to ON.
  5. Scroll down and make sure "WhatsApp" is ON.

Step 2: Now you're all set up to backup WhatsApp chats to iCloud:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap "Chats" > "Chat Backup".
  4. Turn on "Include Videos" if you want to include those in the transfer.
  5. Tap "Back Up Now".

Step 3: Great! So, your WhatsApp chats are safely backed up in your iCloud. Now is time to transfer WhatsApp messages to your new iPhone. Grab your new iPhone and let's get started:

  1. Ensure that your new iPhone is signed in to iCloud and that WhatsApp has permissions (as above).
  2. Install WhatsApp, from the App Store, on your new iPhone.
  3. Open WhatsApp.
  4. Read the Terms and Conditions and tap "Agree And Continue".
  5. Verify your country and phone number when prompted.
  6. Tap "Restore Chat History".
  7. Tap Next to start using WhatsApp.

Method 4: Other

If you're making the big change and switching from Android to iPhone or vice versa, unfortunately, there's not an easy way like the methods above. If you wish to switch from platform to platform and take your WhatsApp messages with you, you'll need to use a 3rd party app / software to do so.

Thanks for reading!