WhatsApp will now safely transfer your chat history if you switch from iOS to Android, starting with Samsung’s recently released foldable handsets. While most individuals will not want to do this all of the time, it’s comforting to know that you can now.
Transfers from iOS to Android on the recently released Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are the first to benefit from the new capability, which was unveiled today at Samsung’s launch event. Conversations, photographs, and voice memos are among the new transfer options. Other Samsung phones running Android 10 will be available in a matter of weeks, according to the firm, but it did not provide a particular timeline. The capability will eventually cover all transfers between iOS and Android phones, regardless of brand, but there are no more details yet.
The new functionality addresses a long-standing issue for users: the fact that transferring chat history between mobile operating systems has never been officially possible. WhatsApp’s cloud backups are saved in iCloud if you live in the Apple environment; if you live in the Android ecosystem, your backups are stored in Google Drive, and the two have never been able to share a common ground. That’s about to change and to do so, you’ll need a Lightning to USB-C cable. Even so, not everything will be flawless. The new transfer option will not consolidate distinct cloud backups into a single chat history if you’re a historical platform-hopping with several cloud backups.
Samsung’s Smart Switch transfer tool is compatible with the new WhatsApp functionality. Contacts, photos, music, messages, notes, and calendars may all be transferred to Samsung Galaxy devices via Smart Switch. It will now include the history of WhatsApp chats in that list. WhatsApp, on the other hand, said that the new operation required — and was — a collaborative endeavor. Because communications are encrypted end-to-end and saved on users’ devices, a tool that transfers chat history between operating systems necessitated collaboration between WhatsApp and operating system and device makers to ensure optimal security.
Allowing WhatsApp users to move their messages across platforms is also considered as a method to decrease the barrier to entry for iOS users interested in switching to Android, particularly Samsung’s brand new products. It will, nevertheless, be handy for present Android users who are interested in the impending iPhone 13. Regardless matter how clients move, no WhatsApp user will soon have to fear losing track of a crucial discussion due to their current smartphone platform.