IF you're switching from an iPhone to an Android device, there may be a new way to save your WhatsApp chat history.
A new feature in the Whatsapp beta version 22.2.74 for iOS indicates that a transfer of the data is possible using the Move to iOS app.
According to WABetaInfo, this latest update brings the app closer to being able to transfer the data.
It seems as though WhatsApp will need a user's permission before transferring the data.
The app will likely need to remain open during the data transfer. Your phone will also need to be unlocked.
Currently, chats from iOS can be transferred to Samsung devices.
There is also support from WhatsApp and Google when moving conversations from iOS to Pixel phones.
However, there is not yet the technology to support the transfer of chats from iOS to Androids.
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The usage of the Move to iOS app will definitely aid in the process when it comes to Androids.
But questions remain as to when the feature will become available, and which operating systems will support the data transfer.
WhatsApp only began allowing users to move conversations from iOS to new Samsung devices last September.
That was then extended to Google Pixel phones and also to some Android 12 devices.
The process requires the iPhone to be operating on certain iOS versions and involves a USB-C to Lightning cable for the data transfer.
Previously, iOS users had their chat histories stored in iCloud if they opted to use WhatsApp's backup feature, while Android users had their chats backed up to Google Drive, The Verge reports.
The lack of compatible operating systems made it impossible to transfer the data.
WhatsApp also recently rolled out a new update to make it easier to chat with their support team.
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