WhatsApp users will finally be able to move their entire chat history betweensomething that’s been one of the users’ biggest requests to date. Today, the company introduced a feature that will soon become available to users of both iOS and , allowing them to move their WhatsApp voice notes, photos, and conversations securely between devices when they switch between mobile operating systems. The company had been rumored to be working on such functionality for some time, but the details of which devices would be initially weren’t yet known.
In product leaks, WhatsApp appeared to be working on integrating Android’s built-in transfer app, theTransfer Tool, which lets users move their files from one Android device to another or switch from iOS to Android. However, the feature WhatsApp introduced and Samsung’s transfer tool, known as Smart Switch. Today, Smart Switch helps users transfer contacts, photos, music, messages, notes, calendars, and more to devices. Now, it will share , too.
WhatsApp showed off the new tool at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event andfirst in the coming weeks. The more broadly. WhatsApp didn’t say when iOS users would gain access, but a spokesperson for WhatsApp told to users worldwide. WhatsApp users will connect their old and new devices via a USB-C to and launch Smart Switch to use the feature. The new phone will prompt you to scan a QR code using your old phone and export your WhatsApp history. You’ll sign into .
The company also explained that building such a feature was non-trivial, as messages across its service areby default and stored on users’ devices. The company said that creating a tool to move chat history between operating systems required additional work from both WhatsApp and operating system and device manufacturers to build it securely.
“Your WhatsApp messages belong to you. That’s why they are stored on your phone by default and not accessible in the cloud-like many other messaging services,” noted Sandeep Paruchuri, product manager at WhatsApp, in a statement about the launch. “We’re excited for the first time to make it easy for people to securely transfer their WhatsApp history from one operating system to another. This has been one of our most from users for years, and we worked together with operating systems and device manufacturers to solve it,” he added.