WhatsApp gets feature to transfer chat history between iOS and Android

WhatsApp is getting a feature that allows users to transfer their chat history between iOS and Android. The feature will be available first for Samsung Galaxy devices with Android 10 or newer and later for iPhones and other Android phones.

The transfer function was announced during Samsung’s Unpacked event, in which the company also showed its new Galaxy Fold devices. The WhatsApp function will initially be available via Samsung’s Smart Switch app. This allows users to transfer their chat history from an iOS device to a Samsung Galaxy device with Android 10 or newer, Engadget writes. This includes messages, photos, and audio messages. The transfer is done via a Lightning to USB-C cable, and therefore not via the internet.

Although the feature is initially only useful for transferring WhatsApp chat history from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy device, the function should eventually include all WhatsApp transfers between iOS and Android smartphones, The Verge writes. The feature will be available for Samsung smartphones in the coming weeks and will appear later for other Android devices, but it is not yet known when exactly that will happen. It is also not yet known when users will be able to transfer their chat history from an Android device to an iPhone.

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