WhatsApp is finally adding one its most requested features - the ability to transfer full chat history when you move between iOS and Android.

When this was announced back in August 2021, you could only move your conversations when switching from iPhone to Samsung. All Galaxy phones running Android 10 or later are supported, including the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3.

WhatsApp said that the transfer feature would be available for more handsets including from Android to iPhones in the future, but it's not clear when. 

Now, though, Google has said that it has worked closely with WhatsApp to expand the option to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. But more importantly, it will soon work with any phone with Android 12. You'll connect a Lightning-to-USB-C cable between your iPhone and your new Pixel 6 (or device running Android 12) and your chat history will be securely transferred to the new phone, keeping the same protection to ensure no-one can read those conversations or see any images or videos they contain.

How to move WhatsApp chats iPhone to Android

The lack of cross-platform data transfer been a strange omission from the world’s most popular messaging app until now. The main sticking point as been the cloud storage service of choice - iOS uses iCloud while Android relies on Google Drive.

That's not changing, though WhatsApp did recently announce that those backups will now be end-to-end encrypted if you opt in. There's just no way - yet - to back up to the cloud and transfer chat history to a phone running a different operating system. So you will need your 'old' phone in working condition, so it's no use if your iPhone has been stolen, lost or damaged - even if you have a backup stored in iCloud.

When originally announcing the feature, WhatsApp Product Manager Sandeep Paruchuri added: "Your WhatsApp messages belong to you. That's why they are stored on your phone by default, and not accessible in the cloud like many other messaging services. We’re excited for the first time to make it easy for people to securely transfer their WhatsApp history from one operating system to another."

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