How To Transfer WhatsApp From Android To iPhone: A Step-By-Step Guide

If you’re an Android user looking to switch over to iPhone, then transferring all your data from one platform to the other is fairly simple – once you know how, that is.

We’ll show you how to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone so that you don’t have to worry about losing data when switching devices.

WhatsApp Transfer from Android to iPhone

One of the most common difficulties people face when switching from an Android smartphone to an iPhone is transferring their WhatsApp data.

Fortunately, there are a few simple steps anyone can follow to ensure that all messages and important contacts make it over safely.

Step 1: Back Up Your Data

The first step in any data transfer should always be backing up your current files. You can backup your WhatsApp data fairly easily.

This will help you avoid losing any contact information or other vital data during the process. It’s easy enough on both Android and iOS devices;

  1. First, open up WhatsApp.
  2. Go into Settings.
  3. Then into Chats, and select Chat Backup.
  4. Next, hit ‘Back Up’.

Once that’s done, make sure you copy this file somewhere safe like Google Drive or iCloud so you have access to it later if needed.

Step 2: Reinstall WhatsApp On Your New Phone

Once your backup file is secure, head over to the App Store (for Apple users) or Google Play Store (for Android users) and download/reinstall the latest version of WhatsApp on your new phone.

During setup, enter in either your existing number or create a new one. You’ll need this for authentication purposes later on when restoring all of your old chats and contacts.

Step 3: Restore Your Old Chats & Contacts

Open up the newly installed version of WhatsApp on your device and sign in with either your existing number, or set up a completely new account with whatever credentials work best for you.

When prompted about restoring previous backups, select ‘Restore’ – this will bring back all of those precious memories stored within those chat logs plus any additional contacts associated with them as well.

Congratulations! You’ve now successfully transferred all of your important conversations and contacts from one device type to another.

Backing Up Data on your Android phone

One thing that is often overlooked on mobile is backing up your data on your device. It’s easy to forget about this until something goes wrong or you get a new phone, but it’s always a good idea to keep backups.

You never know when disaster will strike, so being proactive with your data security can save you time and energy later on down the line.

Manual Backup

If you’re an Android user who wants to back up their WhatsApp information without having to worry about it every day or week, manual backups might be the right choice for you.

To do this, open WhatsApp on your phone and;

  1. Go into Settings.
  2. Then, click into Chats.
  3. Select Chat backup.
  4. Finally, press “Backup” when prompted.

If you’d like additional security measures such as encryption while backing up (which is recommended), then;

  1. Head over to Settings.
  2. Click Chats & Media.
  3. Then, select Backups Encryption (not available on all devices).

Once this step is complete, wait until the backup process has finished before resuming usage of WhatsApp.

Automatic Backup

Android users can also opt for automated backups in order to keep their chats safer than ever before!

To set automatic backups for your account;

  1. First, open WhatsApp on your phone.
  2. Then, go into Settings. Next, click Chats and then Chat backup.
  3. If a prompt appears asking whether or not you want Automated Backups enabled, confirm by pressing “Yes” – otherwise just press “Set Automatic Backup Frequency” instead.

You should now see three options listed: Daily/Weekly/Monthly – select one according to how often you use WhatsApp, so that each time new chat activity occurs an automated backup will take save.

Once you’ve done this, hit “Save” when finished making changes to begin taking backups.


Backing up your data can help keep all of your information secure in case anything happens to your device (theft, loss, breakage). And, it’s a good idea to do this before starting a data transfer.

So, before you transfer all of your WhatsApp data from your Android device to your iPhone, be sure to create a backup on your Android first incase anything goes wrong.

If it does, you can simply re-install the backup on your old phone and run through the process again.

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