Sunday, November 27

WhatsApp is getting a big update to change phone numbers

Very soon, WhatsApp users will be able to move their account to a new phone and a new phone number easily, all thanks to a new update that is expected to be available for iOS and Android users.

According to a screenshot of WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is testing a feature that allows users to move their chat and media history from an iPhone to a new Android phone. On the same page, WhatsApp provides the option to transfer the account to a new phone number.

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If this look at a beta version is real, it means that it will be more convenient for users to migrate their accounts to new phones and phone numbers.

As it is now, the process of changing phones with WhatsApp is not easy. Chat backups have been known to fail, not to mention how long it can take to restore a multi-year message history.

(Image credit: WABetaInfo)

And although WhatsApp already offered a simple tool for changing phone numbers, it only worked if you kept the same physical phone. In the future, it looks like both processes will be simplified in the same setup tutorial.

The feature, which WABetaInfo calls ‘Chat History Migration’ is in development for the iOS and Android versions of WhatsApp. So it is not available yet, but it could become an app update in the near future.

In the meantime, you can change the phone number on your account (but not your paired phone) by going to Settings> Account> Change number in the app. Be sure to check out our guide on how to use WhatsApp for more tips and tricks.

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