WhatsApp’s iPhone-to-Android chat transfer is now available on Pixels and new phones


Google announced that WhatsApp’s chat history migration feature to bring your messages from iPhones to Android is now available on “all Pixel phones” and that it’ll “become available on new smartphones that launch with Android 12.” The feature was already available for Samsung phones but will make the experience of switching from iOS to Android easier, as you won’t have to give up your messaging history.

The process should be relatively simple, as long as you’ve got WhatsApp up to date on both your iPhone and Android phone, and you’ve got a USB-C to Lightning cable handy. Google says that while setting up your Android phone, you’ll be prompted to scan a QR code with your iPhone, which will let you start the transfer process.

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A wired connection and QR code scan are all that’s required to start the process.
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Check out our how-to for more detailed instructions (they’re written for Samsung, but the process should be similar) and to read into the few caveats with the transfer. Google says that your iPhone won’t receive any WhatsApp messages while your messages are moving, so you shouldn’t lose anything in the switch.

Given Google’s phrasing, saying that the feature would come to “new smartphones that launch with Android 12,” it’s a bit unclear whether existing phones getting an Android 12 update will be able to make use of it. We’ve reached out to Google for clarification and will update this story if we hear back.


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