WhatsApp is including the flexibility to carry your chat historical past with you if you change from iOS to Android — together with all voice notes, photographs, and conversations. The long-rumored feature was introduced throughout Samsung’s launch occasion as we speak and can initially cowl transfers from iOS to the corporate’s new Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 and different Samsung telephones “within the coming weeks.” Ultimately, the function will cowl all transfers between iOS and Android telephones, although it’s unclear when it’ll be obtainable for all gadgets.
The brand new function ought to assist tackle one in every of WhatsApp’s most irritating components, which is that it’s by no means been formally doable to switch your chat historical past between cellular working methods. When you select to make use of WhatsApp’s cloud backup function, then iOS chat histories are saved in iCloud, whereas Android’s are in Google Drive, which means it’s solely doable to switch your chats between telephones working the identical working system.
The brand new function transfers chat histories utilizing a bodily Lightning to USB-C cable relatively than sending them through the web. Sadly, if you happen to’ve transferred between iOS and Android previously and have two separate cloud backups, the brand new switch function gained’t merge them collectively right into a single chat historical past. As an alternative, WhatsApp tells me that if you happen to use it emigrate your chat historical past after which again it up, it’ll overwrite any present backups.
WhatsApp says the brand new function will permit transfers from iOS to Samsung’s new foldables at first, and it’ll permit transfers to Samsung gadgets working Android 10 and up “within the coming weeks.” It declined to say when the function may arrive for non-Samsung Android telephones or when it’ll permit Android to iOS transfers.