How to move Whatsapp conversations to new phone..Android to Android

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Mar 11, 2014 9:51:00 PM via Website

Hi all!
Complete first timer, so please be gentle!!
I'm having problems getting my old whatsapp conversations to move over from my old phone (a battered old HTC) to my new phone (a Samsung s3 Mini) i have followed the step by guidance, copied over the folder on my SD card via my laptop and all that but its still not worked. Any other ideas? I have a lovely new phone to play with but I can't use it as I NEED my previous whatsapp conversations.
Any advice is welcome!!!! Ta.

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Mar 12, 2014 7:03:39 AM via Website

Well, I think you can do that just by signing onto the old what's app account on your new device what's app will automatically load the conversation back, but anyways if you are still experiencing some issues you can have a look at the what's app FAQ they have answered your question, here have a look at this "whatsapp.com/faq/general/21002842" .
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Mar 12, 2014 7:13:48 AM via Website

Hi John. Thanks for your reply.. Tried that and it doesn't work. I've moved phones before and I've also updated whatsapp before and it normally gives you the option to update conversations but this time on the new phone it doesn't.. :-\
Loie Favre
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Mar 12, 2014 12:12:27 PM via Website

Hi Sheralisa!

Here is how to transfer your entire chat history to your new phone:

  • Creat a backup of your chat history on your old phone. To do this you open the settings menu of WhatsApp, tap on "Chat Settings" and then tap "backup chat history".
  • Connect your smartphone via USB cable to the PC and navigate in the internal memory of the device to the folder "WhatsApp / Databases". Here are all the backup files saved with the date (eg msgstore-2013-05-29.db.crypt). Copy the file with the latest date on your PC, such as on the desktop.
  • Install WhatsApp on your new device. Important: Do not start the app!
  • Connects your new device via USB to the PC. If you've downloaded WhatApp onto your new device, a folder "WhatsApp / Databases" should be already there. If not, you can manually create it. Then you copy over the backup file msgstore-YYYY-MM-TT.db.crypt into this folder.

    Then start your WhatsApp on your new phone and verify your phone number. You should now get a notification that a message backup was found. Just click on "Restore" tap, done.

    After a few seconds, all messages are returned. Then you still have to enter a name and possibly set a profile picture, and already you have all the old chats on your new smartphone and you can continue exactly where you stopped before.

Let me know if this worked for you!

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Mar 12, 2014 7:05:28 PM via Website

You are amazing!!!! I have been driving people mental with this problem.. I'm so happy, 26k msgs restored thank youthankyou thank you!! :grin:
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Aug 1, 2014 12:43:30 AM via Website

Hello Loie,

I just found your posting after trying the instructions given by Whats app website and it did not worked.
So i went ahead and follow your instructions but instead of using an usb cable and saved the information on PC I saved on SD - memory card ( due to problems with usb port) so i saved on sd card and created the file database onto new phone and transfer files... the only thing is that i had already downloaded whats app on the new phone and had already started and it did not prompted me to restore anything...:( Is there anyway i can still save / transfer conversations.... i have very important information in it. Do you have any suggestion? when i go back to old phone i can still have access to
all conversations.

Thank you

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Nov 10, 2014 2:25:18 PM via Website

Loie Favre

Hi Sheralisa!

Here is how to transfer your entire chat history to your new phone:

Creat a backup of your chat history on your old phone. To do this you open the settings menu of WhatsApp, tap on "Chat Settings" and then tap "backup chat history".
Connect your smartphone via USB cable to the PC and navigate in the internal memory of the device to the folder "WhatsApp / Databases". Here are all the backup files saved with the date (eg msgstore-2013-05-29.db.crypt). Copy the file with the latest date on your PC, such as on the desktop.
Install WhatsApp on your new device. Important: Do not start the app!
Connects your new device via USB to the PC. If you've downloaded WhatApp onto your new device, a folder "WhatsApp / Databases" should be already there. If not, you can manually create it. Then you copy over the backup file msgstore-YYYY-MM-TT.db.crypt into this folder.

Then start your WhatsApp on your new phone and verify your phone number. You should now get a notification that a message backup was found. Just click on "Restore" tap, done.

After a few seconds, all messages are returned. Then you still have to enter a name and possibly set a profile picture, and already you have all the old chats on your new smartphone and you can continue exactly where you stopped before.

Let me know if this worked for you!

Hi Loie Favre!
I registed to this forum just to say "thank you" (well, I might ask or make more comments in the future)...
As your solution WORKS FOR ME!!!

I read many many threads, on different forums, all mostly refering to the WhatsApp FAQ, which doesn't work for me... as installing WhatsApp on my new phone didn't recognize the backup on my SD card.

So I did what you said, and I had to create a "WhatsApp / Databases" folder, copied the msgstore-YYYY-MM-TT.db.crypt to that location, and it finally found my message backup... yesss!

The only thing I don't like on my new phone (Android 4.4.2... and my old phone was Android 2.3), is that on my old phoen my WhatsApp folder was entirely on my SD card, and on the new phone it "has to be" on the internal memory...

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Feb 6, 2015 8:57:43 AM via Website

reallly can help us ,thank you!

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Mar 26, 2015 8:21:34 AM via Website

You can backup the Whatsapp data to your pc and then use Tenorshar android data to restore them to your new Samsung phone.

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May 1, 2015 12:45:00 PM via Website

Hello..Following steps would help you out to transfer whatsapp conversation from one phone to another:

  • Go to the whatsapp app from your current phone.
    -Once you have opened the app, go to the three dotted lines from the top right corner of the screen
    -From the list of settings there, select the “Chat settings” option
    -This will take you to a new page of settings for whatsapp chats. From here, go to the “Back up conversations” option.
    -You will here see the date when your chats were last backed up. Click on the option to start backing up your whatsapp conversations till date
    -Your whatsapp conversations will be backed up with the app. It will also be stored in the whatsapp folder of your phone.
    For more Whatsapp tutorials visit whatsapp360.com
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May 2, 2015 12:01:33 PM via Website

Is it possible to merge Whatsapp chat histories from 2 different Android devices?

I was using device 1 exclusively, and then started using device 2 exclusively for a while, and now I want to move back to device 1. How to I merge the 2 whatsapp chat histories together back on device 1 so that it's seamless?

Thanks.

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Jun 7, 2015 8:36:15 PM via Website

Hi

Just acquired a samsung s6 edge and unknowingly I opened whatsapp only to find that I had to start over

I checked the internet on how to take back conversations from my old phone (s2) and came on your site. The only problem is that whatsapp is default on the s6 and I can't uninstall it to reinstall the app after the transfer.

Any solutions on what to do please? I have really important conversations which I would like to keep on my S6 edge

Help please

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Jun 20, 2015 4:46:12 AM via Website

Lovely piece of work. Thanks!

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Nov 3, 2015 1:51:24 PM via Website

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Dec 17, 2015 9:03:04 AM via Website

Hey, you'd better rely on third-party tools to move WhatsApp conversations from old Android phone to a new one. I have met the same problem like you, and luckily I found an easy way from: jihosoft.com/phone-transfer/transfer-whatsapp-messages-from-android-to-android.html

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Jan 13, 2016 10:00:27 AM via Website

It is strongly suggested to do backup chat history, or else email the conversation if you need it in future.