WhatsApp chat transfer feature from iOS to Android arrives on Pixel phones and is coming to Android 12 soon


WhatsApp users on iOS can now transfer their chat history to other Android devices. Previously this feature was only available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones and is now available for all Google Pixel smartphones. Google also mentions that this feature will also be available for smartphones that come out-of-the-box with Android 12. In particular, users will need a USB Type-C to Lightning cable for this functionality to work. WhatsApp first introduced this feature with the launch of the Galaxy Z foldable smartphones in August.

Google announced in a blog post that more and more Android devices will receive the new WhatsApp chat transfer function. As mentioned earlier, users will need a USB Type-C to Lightning cable to transfer the chats. The search giant explains how the chats are transferred and mentions that after connecting iOS and Android devices, users need to scan a QR code on iPhone to transfer the conversations, media and more to the Android device.

The blog post also mentions that when the iPhone has trouble scanning the QR code, users need to open WhatsApp and leave settings > Chats > Move chats to Android. Google also said that the user would not receive any new messages while the chats were broadcast.

As already mentioned, the WhatsApp chat transfer function was already available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones and is now being extended to the Google Pixel range. Google also mentions that this feature will be available for all smartphones launched with Android 12.

Earlier this week, WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo reported that WhatsApp Business accounts will soon have a message rating function. It allows all users to give feedback to the companies by rating their messages. Ratings range from one star to five stars, with five being the maximum. However, the tracker indicates that there is currently no way to provide direct feedback to WhatsApp Business accounts.

Does WhatsApp’s new privacy policy mean the end of your privacy? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you get your podcasts.


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