WhatsApp is finally rolling out a feature that will allow users to transfer their chats and messages between iOS and Android devices. The measure has been pending for a long time, but it will benefit users who are considering switching from Android to iPhone and vice versa.
WABetaInfo shared the news on Twitter and noted that it is not yet available in the beta version of WhatsApp, so it is not available for anyone to test. But if you want to migrate your chats between the two operating systems, the update will allow you to do so, even if it carries the same phone number.
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Currently, there is no way to move your chat history between Android and iOS devices without violating the app’s terms of service. So while you can use unsupported third-party apps to get the job done, it’s not recommended. The new update will eliminate the need for a workaround, but there’s no word yet on when it might be available.
If you missed the news, @WhatsApp is working on a chat migration feature, so you can easily transfer your chats and messages between iOS and Android. 🤩The function will be available in a future update. When it’s ready, the announcement will be available here at @WABetaInfo 😎💚 pic.twitter.com/ANy165pyZ2May 13, 2021
Meanwhile, WhatsApp is also working on end-to-end encryption for backups. The feature is currently in development and will offer the added security of password protection. If you opt for end-to-end encrypted backups, you will be prompted to set a password that will be used for future backup instances. You can change the password or disable the function in the application settings.
WABetaInfo notes that the password is private and will not be shared with WhatsApp or parent company Facebook, but emphasizes that if you lose or forget your password, “WhatsApp cannot help you restore an end-to-end encrypted backup” without she. That sounds like a pretty terrible state of affairs, but if you find yourself in such a situation, you will be able to create a recovery key, so you don’t need to panic.
There is no timeline for when this feature could arrive, only that the improved iOS and Android integration will come as part of WhatsApp’s ongoing commitment to better multi-device compatibility. All we can do is wait and sign up for the WhatsApp beta program on both Apple test flight and Google Play.
Unfortunately, the iOS beta program is full at the moment, so you’ll need to keep checking to see if any gaps are open, although the Android version doesn’t seem to have that problem at the moment. Either way, we will let you know when we have more information about the update.
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