WhatsApp Working on a Feature to Migrate Chats Across iOS & Android

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WhatsApp. Courtesy: Reuters
WhatsApp. Courtesy: Reuters

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature that allows users to migrate their chats across Android and iOS. A much-needed feature that users have been craving for might finally make its way onto WhatsApp.

iOS-Android WhatsApp chat migration is about to get easier

If you have ever had to switch platforms between Android and iOS, you will know the pain of losing chat backups. There is no proper way to take your chats with you when switching between the two most popular mobile OSs.

WhatsApp chats are inherently backed up onto Google servers in Android. In the case of iOS, this is done on iCloud. And there is no official way where Google Drive’s cloud storage can communicate with iCloud. This creates a huge problem when it comes to chat migration.

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New screenshots recently surfaced from WABetaInfo display, “Move to Android” on the iOS version of the Facebook-owned chatting service. Another screenshot asks users to keep their iPhone unlocked while the transfer is in progress.

Earlier reports from WABetaInfo have suggested that this migration feature will be available even when moving from Android to iOS. XDA Developers also report that a Google app made for iOS, called Switch to Android, could come with this WhatsApp migration tool built-in. Similar to Switch to iOS, this app will aim at helping and encouraging users to shift from iOS to Android.

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This news of the much-craved migration tool comes during the speculation that WhatsApp might be working on multi-device support of the app. The popular messaging app from the house of Facebook currently routes all accounts via a single phone number. In the recent past, this has extended from WhatsApp mobile app to browser-based and desktop apps on both Windows and macOS. Another faint rumour also suggests the possibility of migrating chat back-ups from one phone number to another.

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