When it comes to transferring WhatsApp chats from Android to iOS, users have no choice but to start anew in iOS. They can, of course, save those chats but won’t be able to access it on WhatsApp when making the switch from Android to iOS, which is basically the point. To remedy this, WhatsApp had announced last month that it would make the Android-to-iOS chat migration happen and as per a report by Android Police, the instant messaging app has added more beta testers to its program. It appears things have worked out when testing the feature with a smaller group or people and now, more will be brought into the fold for the next testing phase.
To be eligible for beta testing on WhatsApp, you need to have the WhatsApp version 126.96.36.199 (although likely 188.8.131.52) at least on your Android Lollipop or later OS, with an iPhone running iOS 15.5 or later. Both the devices should be on the same Wi-Fi network, and also, you’ll need Apple’s Move to iOS app on the Android device and WhatsApp on the iPhone.In the Move to iOS app, you have to select the new checkbox on the Data Transfer screen and follow the instructions. As per the report, the chat migration in the beta version allows chat histories, your old photos, videos, and settings to be sent to the iPhone “but things like payments exchanged via WhatsApp and your old call history won’t be available on your iPhone.”
The success of consecutive testing phases bodes well for the feature to be launched in a stable release. Here’s hoping we get that soon.