How to migrate your WhatsApp data from an iPhone to an Android phone

If you're moving from an iPhone to an Android device, you can transfer your:
  • Account information
  • Profile photo
  • Individual chats
  • Group chats
  • Communities
  • WhatsApp Channels updates
  • Chat history
  • Media and settings
You can’t transfer your call history, display name, or statuses, or media received over WhatsApp Channels.
Note: You can only restore your chats before you’ve activated WhatsApp on your new phone. If you want to restore your old chats, you need to first uninstall WhatsApp on your new device. It’s not possible to merge new chats from your new phone and old chats from your old phone.
What do I need?
To transfer your WhatsApp chat history from an iPhone to an Android device, you must have:
  • Either a Samsung Android, Google Pixel, or a device with Android 12 or above
  • Samsung Smart Switch app version 3.7.22.1 or above installed on your new device, or Google’s Data Restore Tool, already preinstalled on Google Pixel and devices with Android 12 or above
  • WhatsApp iOS version 2.21.160.17 or above on your old device
  • WhatsApp Android version 2.21.16.20 or above on your new device after transfer is complete
  • USB-C to Lightning cable or equivalent adapters
  • The same phone number on the new device as the old device
  • If transferring to Google Pixel or non-Samsung Android 12, the device set as factory new or reset to factory settings
To transfer your WhatsApp chat history from an iPhone to an Android:
  1. Make sure your Google Pixel or Android 12 or above device is factory reset, or you're setting up new.
  2. Go through the new device setup and make sure you choose to restore data to the device when prompted.
  3. Have the iPhone unlocked.
  4. Connect the devices by cable when the Copy apps and data screen appears.
  5. Tap Trust if the iPhone warning appears.
  6. Proceed through copying screens.
  7. Keep the iPhone unlocked during transfer.
  8. Use the iPhone camera app to scan QR code when prompted and open WhatsApp iOS to export data.
  9. Finish transfer and disconnect the cable.
  10. Open WhatsApp on your Pixel or Android 12 on the above device. Log on using the same phone number used on your old device.
What happens to my data?
Transferring your data locally by cable means:
  • Transferred data doesn’t go to cloud storage as a result of the migration. However, you may have sent this data to your cloud storage separately through Chat Backup.
  • WhatsApp can't see the data you transfer.
Which messages can I transfer to my new phone?
You can transfer:
  • Personal messages
You can't transfer:
  • Peer-to-peer payment messages
Can I transfer my call history?
Your WhatsApp call history and statuses can’t be transferred from an iPhone device to an Android device.
How to migrate from an iPhone to a Samsung Android
You must have:
  • Samsung Smart Switch app version 3.7.22.1 or above installed on your new device
  • WhatsApp iOS version 2.21.160.17 or above on your old device
  • WhatsApp Android version 2.21.16.20 or above on your new device after the transfer is complete
  • USB-C to Lightning cable or equivalent adapters
  • The same phone number on the new device as the old device
  • Your new Android device set as factory new or reset to factory settings
To transfer your WhatsApp chat history from an iPhone to a Samsung Android:
  1. Turn on your Samsung and connect by cable to your iPhone when prompted.
  2. Follow the Samsung Smart Switch experience.
  3. When prompted, scan the QR code displayed on the new device using your iPhone’s camera.
  4. Tap Start on your iPhone, and wait for the process to complete.
  5. Continue setting up your new Samsung.
  6. When you reach the home screen, open WhatsApp and log in using the same phone number used on your old device.
  7. Tap Import when prompted, and allow the process to complete.
  8. Finish activating your new device and you’ll see your chats waiting for you.
What happens to my data?
  • Your old device will still have your data unless you wipe it or delete WhatsApp.
  • Transferred data doesn't go to cloud storage as a result of the migration. However, you may have sent this data to your cloud storage separately through Chat Backup.
  • WhatsApp can’t see the data you transfer.
Note: My new device has a different phone number It’s not possible to transfer your chats to a new phone number. You’ll need to change your phone number on your old device to your new phone number to transfer chats. Learn how here.
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