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How to transfer WhatsApp conversations to new devices: the easy way

WhatsApp is one of the most popular communication tools on the planet. But if you get a new phone and transfer your WhatsApp account to it, your old messages don't automatically come with you. Thankfully we're here to help. This tutorial explains how to transfer WhatsApp conversations to a new device, so you can pick up your chats where you left off.  

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Google Drive backup and restore

Newer versions of WhatsApp include automatic Google Drive backups, which makes the process of transferring your WhatsApp chat history between phones even easier than before.

  • You simply tap the trio of dots at the top left of the screen and go to Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup. 
  • From here, you can back up manually, or set it to automatically back up as regularly as you like. When WhatsApp is reinstalled, it will prompt you to recover your chats and multimedia from Google Drive. 
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The ability to make Google Drive backups in the latest version of WhatsApp makes life easier. / © AndroidPIT

Manually backing up chats and restoring them

If you've yet to receive the Google Drive WhatsApp update, it's still reasonably easy to create a backup and move it to your new phone. Simply proceed as follows:

  • Open the Settings menu of WhatsApp, tap on Chats and calls and then tap Chat backup.
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Tap the three dots (options) button. Go to Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup. / © AndroidPIT
  • Connect your smartphone to your PC via USB cable, and navigate to the internal memory of the device to the folder WhatsApp / Database. This is where all the backup files are saved with a date. They will look something like "msgstore-2013-05-29.db.crypt". Copy the file with the latest creation date (it will have a different name from the automatic backups created, mine is "msgstore.db.crypt8") onto your PC in an easy to find location (such as your desktop). 
  • Install WhatsApp on your new device but do not start the app!

  • Connect your new device to the PC via USB. Because you've already downloaded WhatsApp onto your new handset, the folder WhatsApp / Databases should now exist. If not, you can manually create a new Databases folder in the WhatsApp folder. 

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You can use a folder browsing app like File Commander to navigate to your internal storage on your phone, just like you can on your PC. / © AndroidPIT
  • Copy your WhatsApp conversation backup file into this folder.
  • Now start WhatsApp on your new phone and verify your phone number. You should now get a notification that a message backup was found. Just tap Restore, and you're done. After a few seconds, all of your messages should have appeared on your new device.

Transferring WhatsApp chats from iPhone to Android

Please note that without using a questionable third party tool, it is not currently possible to transfer chats from iOS to Android or vice versa. iPhone users can, however, use iCloud to get their old messages on their new iPhone in much the same way as Android users can make use of the Google Drive backup feature.

Are there any other methods you've tried? Did your transfer to a new phone go smoothly? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • I was trying to transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone 6 to my Galaxy S8 Android and found this guide but unfortunately it talks about transferring WhatsApp chat from one Android to Another which is not that difficult. Anyway, I spend few more hours and finally found this solution to transfer WhatsApp messages from an iPhone to Android :

    It did the job for me. In case you're looking to transfer WhatsApp chat from Android to iPhone, you might find this useful:

    • I had an LG Stylus and upgraded to the LG V20. I dont remember the process I did, but have verified that the google accounts are both the same(initially they weren't) now to reinstall whatsapp to the new phone. When I initiate the whatsapp on my new phone, the contacts do show up but not the entire chat history. Then I reinstall again on original phone and everything appears. As I used whatsapp for biz, it's important for references. Nothing has worked. Have even copied the files on my pc to upload to my new phone and still Nada.. Had done that with my old phone and it worked but not with this one. There's gotta be a's just eluding me. Anything you can recommend will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

      • Hi Manny, if you still have access to your old LG Stylus, you can try these steps:

        1. Connect your LG Stylus to your computer via USB cable. After the computer recognized your phone, open it up and search for the folder named "WhatsApp".

        2. Now copy the entire folder (it should have sub-folders like "Databases", "Media" etc.) to your computer.

        3. Uninstall the WhatsApp from your LG V20 in case you previously installed it.

        4. Now connect your new Android device LG V20 and copy that "WhatsApp" folder from your computer to your device.

        5. Now, install the WhatsApp on your LG V20 and verify your phone number. Hopefully, this time you'll see an option to restore your chats/WhatsApp messages.

        Hope it helps!

  • 5/18/17..greetings to all...not being too tech savvy, I have tried numerous times(at least 8) to transfer all my whatsapp chat history along with photos sent and received to my new phone with the same phone number,,,,have not been able to do so. Then I unistall in new phone and install whatsapp back to my older phone, and all is back to normal. This I have repeated no less than 8x's. Google acct I have ensured is same on both. Have tried checking internal storage which appears the files, but they wont load up on the one word...HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP! THANKS....

  • This guide is pretty useful but it needs to be updated a bit.

  • From iPhone to Android, you can use email, iCloud or tool like Whatsapp transfer, backup & restore.
    Using iCloud is the most direct method, but the backup process may take a long time to complete if you have a large size to backup. Whatsapp transfer, backup & restore can transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to android, backup and restore between iPhone and computer.

    From Android to iPhone, you can use email, WhatsApp Backup, or tool like WhatsApp Android to iPhone Transfer
    More detail:

  • It's quite easy to move chats from one Android to another Android or from one iPhone to another.

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  • I just want to say thank you. I followed the instructions and have now transferred all my WhatsApp chats to my new S7. I am so pleased as I did have some comments I wished to keep and had been going round in circles trying to work out how to do it! I now have the nickname "TechoMum". Thanks once again for your help.

  • Hope they provide some way to transfer chats cross platform, i.e. iPhone to Android.

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  • This instruction proved crucial in migrating my chats from an older Android device to a new Android device: "Install WhatsApp on your new device but do not start the app!" I tried other methods first--moving the databases prior to installation. That didn't work out.
    The only downside of this method is that my Whatsapp folder is now on the internal memory, while I would have preferred to have it on my micro SD-storage card.

  • Method1. Using Email Chat
    1. Open WhatsApp on your Android device, go "Setting>Chats Setting>Chat History>Email chat"

    2. Choose the WhatsApp history that you want to transfer. A window will pop out says that “Attaching Media will generate a larger email message”. Depending on your needs, you can click “Without Media” or “Attach Media”.

    3. Then it will come to the sending page. Provide an email account and click the sending option.

    4. Once you have sent, you can now log into your email on your new iPhone. You will be able to view your WhatsApp messages at your email account but you won't be able to sync the messages to your WhatsApp account.

    Method2. Using WhatsApp Backup
    1.Back up your WhatsApp messages on your old device.
    On your old Android device, backup your WhatsApp messages. Once the backup is complete, go to "Settings" and click Chat Settings. On the drop-down list, that appears, click "Email Chat".

    2. Uninstall WhatsApp on your Android device.

    3. Install WhatsApp and register your original phone number at the new device.
    A window will pop out says that message backup was found. Click “Restore”, and transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to Android will be finished soon. Same as transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone.

    It also can help you transfer WhatsApp messages to a new devices easily.

  • xiamia 3 months ago Link to comment

    To transfer WhatsApp conversations to a new device, Google Drive backup feature is very helpful. And pro mobile transfer tool can also help us do that directly between mobile devices.

  • When I followed the copy directions (copy the file with the latest creation date) it did not work. But it did work when I copied the whole content (all the files) of the folder WhatsApp/Databases.

  • Is there any way to transfer chats from iPhone to Android without third-party tool.

  • Rich G 4 months ago Link to comment

    Hi, does anyone know to how to solve issues regarding getting chat history to come up. I've backed it up to a Google Drive account and I was transferring it from an S4 Samsung Phone to an S7 Edge Phone, using the same phone number, but for some reason when I reinstall it, the only thing it brings up is groups that I have created or a part of and no chat history whatsoever! Would really appreciate some help as the WhatApp people haven't been that helpful.

  • Is the voice-messages can be transferred too?

    • They can be found in the folder Whatsapp>>Media>>Whatsapp Voice Notes in several folders with a date and number stamp (format: YYYY##). I transferred these folder to the same location on your new device, following the method described above.
      I used an application called Android File Transfer for Mac to move files from old device to my computer's hard drive, then to my new device. You will find it via a google search.
      I am not sure however, if the voice messages will be downloaded again once you've successfully migrated your chats via your msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.db.crypt-files. Maybe you want to share your experience with us.

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