How to migrate your WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android

Losing your chats when switching phones is not fun, so here’s how you can move your WhatsApp data from an iPhone to an Android smartphone.

How to Migrate your WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Android (Samsung Galaxy)
WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps. Billions of users around the world depend on this platform to reach friends, family, and businesses. Despite that, the company still doesn’t offer cloud storage for people’s messages. This means that when you move from an Apple iPhone to an Android phone, your chat history won’t be available by default. Instead, you will have to follow the detailed steps we’ve listed below.

Transferring data in WhatsApp from iOS to Android

For now, WhatsApp has rolled out the ability to transfer chats from an iPhone to an Android device. However, only the following devices are supported on the Android side:

The feature will hopefully be made available to all Android devices in the future.

Here’s how you can transfer all your WhatsApp data, including chats and media, from your old iPhone to your new Android device.

WhatsApp messenger splash screen on phone in hand

We performed the migration from an iPhone 12 Pro to a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. However, the process should work on any Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel device running Android 10 and above, as well as on devices running Android 12 and above out of the box.

How to Transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android

Before we begin, there are a few things to note here. The Android phone to which you want to transfer the data must be in a brand-new state. This means it either needs to be just unboxed and not set up, or if it’s a phone you’ve already been using, you’ll have to factory reset it. We tried performing the steps on a phone that was already set up and in use, but it failed to work. Once we wiped the phone, we were able to transfer the data.

WhatsApp iOS to Android transfer

You’ll also need a USB-C to Lightning cable for this process to work since the transfer happens via a wired connection and not wirelessly. The last thing you’ll need is some patience since the transfer process is painfully slow. Depending on how large your WhatsApp data is, the process may take even up to an hour.

Now we have all this out of the way, let’s get to the steps:

  1. When your Android phone is in a brand-new state, or once you’ve factory reset it, connect it to an iPhone via the USB-C to lightning cable. Keep this cable plugged into both phones until the entire process is completed.
  2. The iPhone will give you a pop-up asking if you want to Trust this Computer. Select Trust.
  3. Begin the setup process on the Android phone by agreeing to the terms and conditions and connecting it to your Wi-Fi network.
  4. You’ll then see a screen asking if you want to transfer data from an existing device. Tap on Yes, and the phone should now download the latest version of Smart Switch.
  5. Once Smart Switch has been launched, select Transfer from iPhone or iPad. You’ll now get an option to transfer WhatsApp chats from your iPhone accompanied by a QR code.
  6. Scan this QR code with your iPhone, or launch WhatsApp on your iPhone and navigate to Settings> Chats> Move Chats to Android.
  7. Tap on the option, and your iPhone will start preparing your chats and other data to be transferred. Once done, it will ask you to continue on the new phone.
  8. On the Android device, you’ll now see the option to transfer other data from your iPhone, like contacts, messages, photos, etc. You can select these options based on whether you want that data to be transferred to your new phone.
  9. Smart Switch will now ask you to install WhatsApp on the new phone, to which you need to agree. You can also choose to install the other apps that were previously on your iPhone.
  10. Once you have performed these steps, the transfer process will begin. Depending on the data you’re transferring, this process may take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes.
  11. After the setup is complete, open WhatsApp on your Android device and log in with the same phone number that was used to log into WhatsApp on your iPhone.
  12. When you log in, you should see the prompt asking you whether you want to transfer your chat history from the iPhone.
  13. Select Start, and the transfer should take place in a few minutes.
  14. You’ll now have all your chats, images, videos, audio files, and just about everything from WhatsApp on your iPhone transferred to your Android device.

You have now successfully migrated your WhatsApp data from your iPhone to your new Android device!

You can install the rest of your apps and transfer any other data you may need, and continue to use the phone. The chat transfer process for WhatsApp is slightly complex and involves a lot of work and time, but hopefully, it gets more seamless once the feature is rolled out to all Android devices.