iOS to Android WhatsApp Chat Transfer Released for Multiple Samsung Phones: How to Use

WhatsApp is officially launching its chat migration feature from iOS to Android, starting with Samsung phones. The iOS-to-Android chat migration feature was announced at last month’s Galaxy Unpacked event and at the time was only available for the new folding phones unveiled at the event. However, WhatsApp has now offered the option to transfer chat history to many other Samsung phones – but with some caveats. With this feature, WhatsApp users can transfer their account information, profile photos, personal chats, group chats, past chats, media and settings from an iPhone to a Samsung device. WhatsApp notes that users cannot transfer their call logs or visible name.

The instant messaging app published a blog post to announce the expansion of the WhatsApp chat history transfer feature. This feature will work on Samsung smartphones that have version or higher of the Samsung SmartSwitch app and are running on Android 10 or higher. The company says it will expand the feature to other Android smartphones soon.

To use this feature, users must have WhatsApp iOS or higher on their old iPhone device and have WhatsApp Android or higher on their new Samsung phone. WhatsApp users must be using the same phone number as the old iPhone and the Samsung phone must be new. If not new, users will have to factory reset their Samsung phones to initiate the chat transfer.

Most importantly, Samsung users will need a USB Type-C lightning cable to make this transfer. Wired transfer also means that migrated data does not go to cloud storage and WhatsApp cannot see the data you transferred.

How to migrate WhatsApp chat from iPhone to Samsung phone

Follow the simple steps mentioned below to migrate your WhatsApp chat history from an iPhone to a compatible Samsung phone.

  1. Turn on your Samsung phone and connect it to your old iPhone using a USB Type-C to Lightning cable when the notification appears.

  2. Follow the Samsung Smart Switch steps for configuration.

  3. When the notification appears, scan the QR code that appears on the new Samsung phone using your iPhone camera.

  4. On iPhone, tap To start and wait for the process to complete.

  5. Continue setting up your new Samsung phone.

  6. When you get to the home screen, launch WhatsApp and log in with the same phone number you used on your old iPhone.

  7. When the notification appears, tap importand let the process complete.

  8. Complete activation of your new phone and you will see your chats. WhatsApp says the data will remain on the old iPhone until you erase your data or delete the WhatsApp app.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360. His reporting experience spans smartphones, wearables, apps, social media and the entire tech industry. She reports from Mumbai and also writes on the ups and downs of the Indian telecommunications industry. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips and releases can be sent to Most

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