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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.  

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
  • If your old Android phone and new one both primarily use an external SD card for memory, simply take the SD card out of your old phone, and put it into your new one
  • For phones that save to internal memory, such as most newer devices, 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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  • Yup. That's right. There is no way to transfer WhatsApp chats from iPhone to Android without using a third party app. In case if you want to transfer WhatsApp chats from iPhone to Android then you need to follow these instructions: I transferred my WhatsApp messages from iPhone 6s to my Galaxy S8 Android with the help of these instructions.

    On the other hand, if you're looking to transfer WhatsApp chat from Android to iPhone, you might find this useful:

  • Is there a app to tranfer old chat to a new phone?

  • Cross platform transfer isn't supported yet.

  • And what about transfer from Android to Iphone 7?

  • Thanks so much. My partner's and my entire relationship was chronicled on Whatsapp and their support team were not at all helpful. Your step by step guide to installing a database on the new phone has saved us. Thanks.

  • Still there is no official way to transfer chats from one OS to another.

  • Biased comment: Winwazzapmigrator transfers windows phone whatsapp to Android. Check it out on the Google play store

  • Great! It transfers voice messages along with the WhatsApp conversations from one Android to another.

  • Linda Lei 4 months ago Link to comment

    The other useful way to transfer WhatsApp Messages from iOS to Android is the Dr.Fone Toolkit, in Dr.Fone Toolit, it has a feature named iOS WhatsApp Transfer, Backup & Restore which can transfer iOS WhatsApp to iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Android devices, backup or export iOS WhatsApp messages to computers, restore iOS WhatsApp backup to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices. And the most important is, it has supported the latest iOS 11. I hope this can help you.

  • Pretty useful if you're switching from one android to another.

  • Hi everyone. I got a new phone lately and restored all data in it. But the images got saved in the gallery and it's taking too much space and it's there for anyone to see. Is there anyway to delete the images from the gallery but keep them on whatsapp?

    • Brittany McGhee
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      6 months ago Link to comment

      You should try Google Photos if you don't have much space left on your device. It's unlimited, doesn't cost anything, and you can free up a lot of space on your phone by only keeping your photos in the cloud. It can also do auto-backup.

  • I copied the whole WhatsApp folder to my new Android but I did not get the message to restore my chats. Strange!

  • esther 8 months ago Link to comment

    Whatsapp gurus
    I broke my phone screen and had to use a temporary phone.

    After repair permanent phone did not pick up whatapp messages sent to me during the repair period after I clicked restore.

    I have an important message in temporary phone that I need to recover.

    Do I click restore or not when I insert sim card back into temporary phone .?or what do i do?
    Note :A few weeks have passed since the change

  • On some devices does not seem to work anymore.

    • 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!

      • I'm in process as per instructions. Have copied the whatsapp folders that appear in the internal memory of my Stylus to my pc. I've uninstalled whatsapp on the v20. Second step was copying whatsapp files on my v20. Do I uninstall whatapp on the stylus before installing whatsapp on the v20?

      • Tried it. Still didnt upload all details, etc. I did copy files on phone's internal memory but nada!?? BTW...I really appreciate the help and time..still, trying to see what I may be doing wrong or maybe, what I'm not doing right.. :)

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