O WhatsApp has a tool to bring iPhone conversation history to Android. Now, the feature is being brought to more phones besides Samsung Galaxy models, starting with the line. Google Pixel. As with smartphones from the South Korean brand, the function depends on a USB-C cable for Lightning to work.
The announcement came from a statement made by Google on Tuesday (26). The company says users can now use the tool to migrate their iPhone data to Google Pixel phones. Also according to the publication, the function “will be available on new smartphones launched with Android 12”.
Although the note only says that the option will be available on smartphones “launched with Android 12”, Google gave further explanation on the matter on the same day. To The Verge, the company said that manufacturers will be able to support the function on their phones by updating them to Android 12. In other words, the novelty should also come in existing models, provided that it has the latest version of the system.
“We worked closely with the WhatsApp team to build a new set of features, all designed to make it easier to move from iPhone to Android and take your WhatsApp history with you,” they announced.
WhatsApp launches tool to migrate conversations
The history migration tool has been in place for a few months. The function was officially unveiled in August during a Samsung event to announce the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 folding devices.
But the tool is not that simple to use. On a support page, the messenger team says that you need a USB-C cable for Lightning to perform the process on a new Samsung Galaxy phone or one that is being configured after it is reset to factory settings. In addition, the messaging app requires a phone with Android 10 or higher and the Smart Switch Mobile app.
The process appears to be simpler on other smartphones. Without going into too much detail, Google stated that all you need to do is connect cell phones via the same cable and, “when prompted when setting up your new Android device, scan a QR code on your iPhone to launch WhatsApp.” Then the data will be migrated.
Messenger does not have access to migration data
The support page for Samsung Galaxy phones also has other details about the migration. Those responsible for the messaging application explain that the data is not transferred via the cloud and that “WhatsApp cannot see the data you transferred”. This information must also apply to other manufacturers.
The tool migrates personal messages and other data such as group conversations, settings, profile picture and media. But payment information, call history and display name are left out. “Your old device will still have your data unless you wipe it or delete WhatsApp,” they said.
The messenger will also release the reverse path in the future. “Users will be able to take their WhatsApp histories from iOS to an Android device and later be able to do the same on iOS devices,” they said in August. But the feature to bring conversations from Android to iPhone (iOS), which already showed up in the beta version of the app, is not yet available to users.
With information: Google and The Verge