According to reports, WhatsApp is developing a way to let you transfer your chat history between operating systems and phone numbers.
Until now, WhatsApp has allowed users to transfer saved messages only between devices running the same operating system.
Now, according to reports from WABetaInfo and 9to5Google, WhatsApp is working on a way to allow users to transfer chat history from iOS to Android.
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The feature has appeared in development since April of this year, and now the screenshots shared by WABetaInfo show a new “Move discussions to Android” option in the WhatsApp app on iOS. The screenshots also show a prompt for users to keep their iPhone unlocked with WhatsApp open while transferring.
It has also been reported that the transfer would be possible from Android to iOS as well, but so far most of the evidence only points to an iOS to Android transfer option at this time.
Thank you @xdadevelopers for your recent discovery of the “Switch to Android” app, to migrate WhatsApp chat history from iOS to Android. 🤩
These screenshots show how the process works. This feature is under development and will be available in a future update. https://t.co/FmZbXi33L2 pic.twitter.com/w7GiCUHSuS
– WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) July 28, 2021
Additionally, XDA Developers reports that WhatsApp’s new transfer tool could be part of the new “Switch to Android” IOS application, under development by Google, which facilitates migration to Google’s operating system.
Apple has already offered a “Switch to iOS” app to help users migrate from Android to iOS. The XDA developers have interpreted the code of the Google app, which suggests that it could integrate with the new transfer tool of WhatsApp.
In addition, it has also been reported that WhatsApp is even developing a way to transfer chat histories not only between devices and operating systems, but also between different phone numbers.
Currently, WhatsApp is beta testing multi-device support, a feature that will allow users to access their conversations from multiple devices, regardless of shutting down a primary phone.
However, it is not yet clear when the messaging service will announce the release of these new features, nor how it intends to deploy them and make them widely available.
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