How to transfer WhatsApp chats from iPhone to Android with these easy steps

You could have bought the latest iPhone weeks ago and then realized it’s just not working for you. Suddenly, you need to go back to Android OS which you are more comfortable with. When people want to switch phones, one of the first things they think about is how to transfer their data, such as photos, music, videos, and apps

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Simpler ways have been devised to transfer data from phones especially operating systems. However, there is still a challenge for WhatsApp users as they have to give up their chats in order to switch their phones. The social media platform is reportedly working on a solution to ease that process, but, until then, there are workarounds that users will have to make do with.

Currently, WhatsApp does not support moving chat history across these operating systems; iOS and Android OS. This is a blow for users who value their chats especially those that rely on the app for business purposes. However, WhatsApp allows users to keep their account information, such as their profile photo, name, about, individual chats, group chats, and settings, when switching from one operating system to another, such as from iPhone to Android.

If you are switching from iPhone to Android, WhatsApp users can use the method mentioned below to back up their chats and transfer them.

When switching from iPhone to Android, there is no native option to transfer chat history within the app. This is primarily because WhatsApp for iOS stores backups on iCloud for iPhone users, whereas WhatsApp for Android has backups on Google Drive. However, users can export their entire chat history via mail and then restore it on their new device.

With this method, each chat needs to be exported individually, and, therefore, it is a cumbersome process. But one that does guarantee restoring chats. It is recommended that you select which chats are important and just export those chats and leave the ones that aren’t as important. Here are the steps on how to move WhatsApp chat history from iPhone to Android.

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The process on how to transfer WhatsApp chats from iPhone to Android

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your iPhone and swipe left on the chat that you wish to export.
  2. Tap on More in the menu that appears. Select the Export Chat option.
  3. From the Share menu, choose the Mail option. The mailbox will appear with the chat file attached already.
  4. Enter the email address that you will have access to when on your Android phone. Tap Send.
  5. Get on your Android phone and open the email. Download the chat file attached in the mail. This process needs to be done for each chat that you need to transfer from your iPhone to Android. You’ll most likely end up with several emails, depending on the number of chats you export.
  6. If you have already installed WhatsApp on your Android phone, delete it and reinstall once again. Finish the setup process and when the option to restore comes up, select the Restore option to complete the setup. Click on Next.
  7. All of your exported chats should appear on your Android phone.

Before you start the process, ensure that you have backed-up all your chats.

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