WhatsApp confirms MAJOR change that iPhone fans will love – will you use it? | The Sun
WHATSAPP has confirmed that it will finally let you transfer your chats between Android and iPhone.
It means it's now far easier to bin a Google smartphone in favour of an Apple one – and vice versa.
The long-awaited feature has been one of Apple's most requested updates.
Until now, it's been nigh-on impossible to move your WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone when swapping phones.
Now Apple and WhatsApp have teamed up to finally make it happen.
The Sun first reported last month that the new feature was being tested and WhatsApp has now confirmed its release.
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The chat app said on Wednesday: "Today, you’ll have the ability to transfer your entire chat history from Android to iOS and vice versa.
"Now you have the freedom to switch to and from your preferred devices."
Mark Zuckerberg – who runs WhatsApp (and Facebook) parent company Meta – previously said it was a change in high demand.
"We're adding to WhatsApp the ability to securely switch between phones and transfer your chat history, photos, videos, and voice messages between Android and iPhone while maintaining end-to-end encryption," said Zuckerberg.
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"This is a top requested feature. We launched the ability switch from iPhone–>Android last year, and now adding Android–>iPhone as well."
If you've got an Android phone, you'll need to install the latest version of Move to iOS from the Google Play Store.
This app already exists and is designed to shift your Android texts, photos and more over to a new iPhone.
But it's now being upgraded to include support for shifting WhatsApp messages.
You'll have to give permission for the data to be moved.
It will then be packaged up – while remaining encrypted and impossible for Apple to see – then moved over to iOS.
When you log in for the first time on the iPhone, the WhatsApp data is decrypted and automatically appears.
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There's no need to be connected to the internet for the transfer to work – it's peer-to-peer.
And there's no need to update WhatsApp, as the change is done on the company's own servers.
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