The popular messaging app WhatsApp owned by Facebook will soon allow users to transfer their chat history including all voice memos, photos and conversations when they switch their device from iOS to Android.
According to a report in The Verge, this most anticipated feature by WhatsApp users was announced on Wednesday during Samsung’s launch event. The feature will initially cover transfers from iOS to the company’s new Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 and other Samsung phones “in the coming weeks”.
According to reports, this long-awaited feature will soon cover all transfers between iOS and Android phones, although it is still unclear when it will be available for all devices
The new feature should help address one of the most frustrating elements of WhatsApp, which is that it was never officially possible to transfer chat history between mobile operating systems.
If you choose WhatsApp’s cloud backup feature, the iOS chat histories are stored in iCloud while Android’s are stored in Google Drive, which means you can only transfer your chats between phones with the same operating system.
This new feature broadcasts chat histories using a physical Lightning to USB-C cable instead of sending them over the internet. Unfortunately, if you’ve transferred between iOS and Android in the past and have two separate cloud backups, the new transfer feature doesn’t merge them into a single chat history.
WhatsApp has said the new feature will initially allow transfers from iOS to Samsung’s new foldable device and transfers to Samsung devices running Android 10 and above “in the coming weeks”.
The company declined to say when the feature might be available for non-Samsung Android phones or when Android-to-iOS transfers will be possible, The Verge report said.