WhatsApp Chats Are Now Transferrable from iOS to Android but There’s a Catch

A major flaw with WhatsApp that quite a few people tend to end up becoming really frustrated with is the fact that you usually can’t transfer your WhatsApp chat history from an iPhone to an Android device or vice versa. This lack of compatibility is something that can impact people quite a bit because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making it difficult for them to switch seamlessly from one type of device to another.

However, it is important to note that this problem might soon become a thing of the past thanks to a new update. This is because of the fact that you can now transfer your Whatsapp chat history from an iPhone to any Samsung Galaxy smartphone. There is a catch though, and this catch is that you would need to have a cable on hand with which you can take part in the transfer process. A lot of users caught a glimpse of this feature in the beta version of WhatsApp, but the feature has now received a wider rollout which means that pretty much any user can take advantage of it as long as they are using the specific devices mentioned above.

There are two restrictions that you would need to keep in mind, both of which have been stated above. The first of these is that only Samsung Galaxy devices will be compatible with this process. Another wrinkle to this caveat is that you can only do the transfer one way. What this basically means is that only iOS to Android transfers will be facilitated, with there being no real way to do an Android to iOS transfer right now.

The second restriction that we have already told you about is that you are going to need a cable, but the specific type of cable tends to matter quite a lot as well. You will basically need to use a Type C to Lighting cable, one that would be able to interface with both the devices that are compatible with this process. Wireless transfer still seems to be a bit of a pipe dream, and it’s something that we are just going to have to keep waiting for. The fact that this type of transfer is being facilitated at the very least is something that can probably turn out quite positive though because it is an indication that things are moving in the right direction which is most definitely a heartening sign.

Another thing that might impact your decision is that you will have to keep using the same number. Clearly there are a lot of restrictions that might limit the efficacy of this process but that’s not something that you need to worry all that much about. This first step is probably going to result in even better transfer options down the line, and as long as your WhatsApp is updated and you have the right cable it is rather unlikely that you would face any major roadblocks along the way that would prevent you from maintaining your chat history in a new Android device.

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