How to Transfer Old WhatsApp Messages to New Android/iPhone

Many people love WhatsApp so much that they would like to take the chat history with them when switching to a new phone, no matter an Android or iPhone. It is understandable, actually, since we’ve heavily relied on it for communicating with families, friends,workmates and others. Then how to do the switch for WhatsApp data? Here are 3 solutions covering different situations. Please notice that they won’t work if you change to a new number.

Solution 1: Transfer WhatsApp Messages from Android to Android Free

Option 1: Transfer WhatsApp Messages between Android via Local Backup

1. Back up WhatsApp to local storage on old Android
Run WhatsApp on the old Android, tap menu button, go to “Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup” and tap “Back up chats”.

2. Copy WhatsApp Backup folder to the new Android
Find WhatsApp backup folder on your old Android. It could be in internal memory or external SD card. You can check it with file manager app on your phone or PC.

Copy WhatsApp Backup folder to the new Android

After that, install WhatsApp on your new Android. During the installation process, WhatsApp will detect the backup and allow you to restore after verifying phone number. Once restored, you’ll see the conversation all on your new phone.

Option 2: Transfer WhatsApp Messages between Android via Google Drive

Make sure that the available space in Google Drive is enough and Google Play services must be installed on your phone.

1. Back up WhatsApp chat history to Google Drive
Open WhatsApp, go to “Settings > Chats > Chat backup”. Tap on “Back up to Google Drive” and choose the backup frequency.

2. Restore WhatsApp backup to the new Android
Log in WhatsApp with the same phone number and Google account. After verifying your number, restore your messages and media from Google Drive.

Solution 2: Transfer WhatsApp Messages from iPhone to iPhone Free

1. Back up WhatsApp chats to iCloud
Run WhatsApp on the old iPhone, go to “Settings > Chats > Chat Backup”, tap “Back Up Now”. When it is done, you’ll see date and size of this backup.

2. Restore WhatsApp from iCloud backup
Install WhatsApp on your new iPhone. After verifying phone number, which should be the same as the one you used to make backup, you’ll be allowed to restore chat history.

Restore WhatsApp from iCloud backup

Solution 3: Transfer WhatsApp Messages and Media between Android and iPhone

Jihosoft WhatsMate is a powerful tool for moving WhatApp messages and pictures between Android and iPhone. Please download and install the program to your computer, then follow steps below:

Transfer WhatsApp between Android and iPhone

This program makes it very convenient to move WhatsApp data between Android and iPhone devices, but please notice that it is a charging software. If you want to move WhatsApp messages for free, check out the method below.

Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to Android:

  1. Open WhatsApp in iPhone and go to “Settings > Chat Setting > Email chat.
  2. Select WhatsApp messages and optionally choose “Without Media” or “Attach Media”.
  3. Enter an email address and send the messages. Then sign in the email on your Android phone. You’ll see the messages there.

By this way, you can also transfer WhatsApp messages from Android device to iPhone, but you’re not able to have the conversations synced to your newly-installed WhatsApp application.