WhatsApp users often have a lot of trouble switching phones, especially when switching between operating systems. The social media platform is reportedly working on a solution to simplify the process, but until then users will have to use some workarounds. Currently, WhatsApp allows users to keep their account information, including profile photo, name, bio, personal chats, group chats, and settings, when switching to a different operating system, such as from iPhone to Android. However, it does not allow moving chat history. However, chat history is very important for most users, especially those who use it for business conversations.

If you switch from iPhone to Android, WhatsApp users can use the methods mentioned below to backup their chats and transfer them.

How to Transfer Chat Backup on WhatsApp from iPhone to Android

When switching from iPhone to Android, there is no native option to transfer chat history within the app. This is mainly because WhatsApp for iOS stores backups for iPhone users on iCloud, while WhatsApp for Android stores backups on Google Drive. However, users can export their entire chat history via mail and restore it on their new device. Each chat needs to be exported separately, making it a tedious process. But it does guarantee that the chat will resume. It is recommended that you choose which chats are important, then export those chats and leave the less important ones. Here are the steps to move WhatsApp chat history from iPhone to Android.

  1. Open the WhatsApp app on your iPhone and Swipe left in the chat you want to export.

  2. tap more in the menu that appears.choose export chat options.

  3. from share menu, select mail options. The mailbox will display the attached chat file.

  4. Enter an email address that you can access when using your Android phone.tap send.

  5. Use your Android phone and open the email. Download the chat file attached to the message. This process is required for every chat that needs to be transferred from iPhone to Android. You will most likely receive several emails, depending on how many chats you have exported.

  6. If you already have WhatsApp installed on your Android phone, delete it and reinstall it. Complete the setup process, and when the recovery option appears, select the recovery option to complete the setup.click Next.

  7. All your exported chats should appear on your Android phone.


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