[Finally!] How to Officially Transfer Whatsapp from Android to iPhone in 2022

Buying a new phone is always a great experience. You get a new device, a chance to start over, and the plethora of new features your new device offers. However, this experience can often be hampered if you have to manually transfer tons of data between your old and new devices.

It gets even harder if you move between different platforms. However, Apple tried to ease the pain of its new users last year by introducing the Move to iOS app. The app was recently updated to support Whatsapp data transfer between platforms, and here’s how you can get the most out of it on your devices.

You will need to meet a few requirements to transfer your Whatsapp data seamlessly from Android to iOS. You can refer to the section below and then follow the guide once the requirements are met.

What do you need

  • Android lollipop, SDK 21Where Android5 or above
  • iOS 15.5 or above
  • Switch to iOS app for Android | Download link
  • Whatsapp for iOS v2.22.10.70 or above

To note: Do not install Whatsapp on your iOS device beforehand. The app will be installed once all necessary data has been transferred to your iOS device.

  • Whatsapp for Android v2.22.7.74 or higher | Latest beta download link
  • Phone number used to sign up for Whatsapp on Android
  • New or Factory Reset iPhone
  • Android and iOS devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

To note: If you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network, you can connect your Android device to your iPhone’s hotspot instead.

How to Officially Transfer Your Whatsapp Data from Android to iOS

To note: Make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network before proceeding with the guide. You can also choose to connect your Android device to your iPhone’s hotspot as mentioned above.

Start by unlocking your iOS device and follow the setup wizard’s onscreen instructions. When you’re on the Apps and data screen, press and select Move data from Android.

Now download and install the Switch to iOS app on your Android device. Once installed, launch it and press Continue.

Faucet Accept. This is Apple’s table of contents for the Move to iOS app.

Choose whether to send app usage data to Apple servers. We will select Don’t send for this example.

The application will now ask Location authorization. Press and tune the same according to your preferences. Also, enable the location if it is disabled.

To note: Location permission is a requirement to ensure that you are signed in to the correct iOS device. The app will not work without this permission.

You will now be at Find your code page. Move to your iOS device and check its screen. Faucet Continue on the Switch from Android page.

You should now have a digital verification code available to you.

Faucet Continue on your Android device.

Now type the One-time code displayed on your iOS device.

Your iOS device will now create a temporary Wi-Fi network. Faucet Relate on your Android device to join the same.

You will now see the data transfer screen with the option to select the data you wish to transfer. Select WhatsApp.

Faucet Begin on your Android device once WhatsApp is open.

Your data will now be encrypted and prepared for transfer. Faucet Next. This will redirect you to the Switch to iOS application.

Faucet Continue and wait for the transfer to complete.

To note: Keep your devices close together and plugged in during this process. Also, do not proceed with the process until both devices notify you that the transfer is complete. Android devices are known to show the transfer completed sooner than iOS devices. Wait for the loading bar to fill up on your iOS device before following the guide below.

Once the transfer is complete, continue with the onscreen instructions on your iOS device to complete the setup process. Once done, install the latest version of Whatsapp from the App Store. You can also use the link below if needed.

  • WhatsApp for iOS | Download link

Open Whatsapp and sign in with the same phone number you were using on your Android device.

Once connected, Whatsapp will automatically detect the transfer data. Faucet Begin to start the restore process.

Continue with the on-screen instructions to set up Whatsapp on your device. When your iOS device is activated on Whatsapp, you should be able to access your old Whatsapp data in the same, including old chats.

What WhatsApp data is transferred to iOS?

Whatsapp will transfer almost all your data while using Move to iOS app including the following.

  • Account information
  • Profile customizations (status, profile picture, etc.)
  • Cats
    • Individual chats
    • Group chats
    • Chat history
    • Chat Media
    • Voice messages
  • WhatsApp Settings

However, some things won’t transfer to your iOS device due to privacy issues. These include the following:

  • Display a name
  • Whatsapp call history
  • Peer-to-peer payment messages
  • Payment options and other payment-related personal data

You will need to add these details to your new Whatsapp device on iOS individually. Plus, you’ll have to get by without your previous call and payment history on your new iOS device.

Are my Whatsapp data shared with Meta or Apple?

No, your data is neither stored nor read by these companies as it is end-to-end encrypted. However, it goes through Meta and Apple servers when transferring your data for verification and validation processes.


Here are some frequently asked questions about transferring your Whatsapp data to a new iOS device that should help you keep up to date with the latest information.

Why can’t I transfer data to an old iPhone?

Transferring data from Android device seems to be available only during the installation process on Android devices. This implies that the process requires a clean file system to configure and transfer all data to desired locations on iOS devices.

Once populated, the file system and folders do not support writing external data, which is why you cannot transfer your data without resetting your iOS device.

What happens to my Whatsapp data on Android?

This is another aspect of Whatsapp data transfer that you should beware of. Although you are signed out of your Whatsapp account on Android device during the transfer process, your data is still kept on the Android device.

Unless you uninstall the app or reset your Android device, this data will remain on your device.

Will my Whatsapp data also be transferred to iCloud?

No, your Whatsapp data will not be automatically transferred to iCloud. Once your data is transferred and your account is set up on your iOS device, you can enable iCloud backup for Whatsapp in Whatsapp settings.

This will in turn enable iCloud backup for Whatsapp and save your restored data to the cloud.

We hope this article helped you easily transfer your Whatsapp data to iOS. If you run into any issues or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the comments below.


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