How to transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone and vice versa

To transfer a WhatsApp account when you buy a new smartphone you need to follow a very precise procedure: here's how to do it

When changing smartphones one of the worst nightmares is transferring files, documents, images, videos from one device to another. Fortunately, smartphones have a backup service that has made this process simple and fast. You have the same nightmare when you have to install WhatsApp on your new smartphone and transfer your messages and chats from one phone to another. Again, you need to use backup, although it is not as simple as it may seem.

What happens, instead, when you change your phone card number? How do you manage not to lose any of your chat messages? Even in this case there is an ad hoc procedure developed by WhatsApp that helps users to have everything at hand and not lose any message of their friends. Problems arise, however, when you change the operating system of your smartphone. In simple words, when you switch from Android to an iPhone or vice versa. In this case transferring WhatsApp is much more complicated and an official system doesn't exist. Here's everything you need to know.

How to transfer WhatsApp chats when changing number

If you change the number of your SIM card, you don't have to fear losing the chats and groups in which you were present. Within the application there is a tool that allows you to change your phone number without having to change your WhatsApp account.

To access the feature you need to go into Settings, press on Account and then on the item "Change Number". Following all the steps you will be able to enter the new phone number, without losing multimedia content or active chats.

How to transfer WhatsApp from Android smartphone to Android

Transferring WhatsApp account from an Android smartphone to another device of the same operating system is very simple. To do this, you need to backup your profile via Google Drive and use the same credentials when you download the WhatsApp app on the new device.

The first thing you need to do is open WhatsApp on your old phone, press on Settings, Chats and then Backup Chats. This will open a new tab in which to press "Backup". This will start saving all the content and all the chats on your WhatsApp profile. Then you need to use the backup you just created when you install the app on your new device and are asked if you want to download an existing backup.

How to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone

If you are changing iPhones and don't want to lose any chats and any data from your WhatsApp account, the procedure to follow is very similar to the one just seen for Android.

The first thing you need to do is create a backup of your WhatsApp profile using iCloud. Once completed (it should take five minutes at most depending on the size of the backup and the speed of your connection), you can install WhatsApp on your new iPhone using the same phone number and credentials. At some point the app will ask you if you want to use an existing backup and you'll have to choose the one you just created. This way you'll transfer your WhatsApp account to the new iPhone without losing any data.

How to transfer WhatsApp from Android smartphone to iPhone

In this case the matter gets a bit more complicated. If you buy an Android smartphone or an iPhone and your previous one was of a different operating system, you cannot transfer the chats of your WhatsApp account. At least officially, because in reality there are third-party apps that manage to get around this obstacle. Logically, like all third-party apps that have to do with WhatsApp, their use is not recommended, because they could hide viruses or access sensitive data.