WhatsApp: Chats can be transferred from iOS to Android in the future

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The switch from Android to iOS and from iOS to Android has become easier and easier in recent years, WhatsApp is part of the game, but you almost always despair of taking the chat history with you one smartphone platform to the other. WhatsApp now wants to simplify the switch from iOS to Android.

While changing the smartphone within an ecosystem is no problem for WhatsApp with a corresponding backup and all content, processes and settings can be transferred without any problems, a transfer from an iPhone to an Android smartphone has not yet been possible. For the change from Android to iOS, however, there are paid programs that make the data transfer possible. According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp plans to officially support both transfer directions, even if the beta versions only talk about iOS to Android so far.

Transmission by cable and QR code

It has been reported for some time that such a function for transferring chat history is being developed, but XDA Developers has now published screenshots of the transfer process, which show the new “Move Chats to Android” function in the settings of the WhatsApp iOS app. However, this transfer does not work wirelessly or via a cloud service either, instead the iPhone and Android smartphone must be connected to one another via a USB-to-Lightning cable during the transfer. The transfer can then be initiated on the iPhone and started using a QR code that is scanned with the Android smartphone. The iPhone must remain unlocked during the transfer, otherwise it will be canceled.

Even if the function is already in a beta from WhatsApp, it is completely unclear when it will actually be made available to users.

WhatsApp can soon be used on multiple devices

WhatsApp also receive multi-device support – initially in a public beta. WhatsApp should then be able to be used on multiple devices without the main device with the stored phone number, usually the smartphone, having to be online. This restriction currently applies to the use of WhatsApp on the desktop PC. With multi-device support, WhatsApp could be used on the desktop, tablet and other devices without an active smartphone, and all chats should always be synchronized.