WhatsApp ends one of many greatest nightmares switching from iPhone to Android

If you want to switch from an iPhone to Android, the next update on WhatsApp will help. According to @WABetaInfo, a Twitter account that is browsing beta versions of Facebook’s popular own messaging app for clues about upcoming features, the next update in the pipeline will ease WhatsApp’s transition from iOS to Android.

There is currently no way to move your conversations from iPhone to Android. This is because WhatsApp on iOS uses Apple’s iCloud to back up your messages, photos, PDFs, and more. Since Android devices cannot be downloaded from Apple’s iCloud servers, your encrypted backup files will remain inaccessible when you set up WhatsApp on Android.

Likewise, Android smartphones use Google Drive to save previous messages, group chats, and more. While there is a Google Drive app on iOS, there is currently no way to use the files stored there to set up a WhatsApp account on the iPhone. Although some third-party apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store claim to offer the ability to move conversations between iOS and Android, WhatsApp has previously warned customers that these are all violating the Terms of Service.

Thanks to the function developed by the WhatsApp team, none of these apps are needed anymore.

A screenshot shared by @WABetaInfo shows the process of moving your entire chat history from an iPhone to Android with a single touch of a button. Both devices must be running the latest version of WhatsApp for the process to work.

Assuming your old smartphone and new model are up to date, you should be able to wirelessly transfer all of your calls between handsets in minutes – with no need to back up to California servers and no need to lose all of your previous WhatsApp messages just because you switch from one operating system to another.

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WhatsApp is really catching up here, with competing messaging apps like Telegram, Signal, and others that have been offering this functionality for some time.

There is some speculation that this new feature will pave the way for WhatsApp users between multiple devices. So far, WhatsApp has tied the user accounts to their phone number. This means that users can only access WhatsApp on one device at a time – and only on devices with a SIM card such as a smartphone. For this reason, WhatsApp does not have an official iPad app, for example.

While some messaging services like iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram allow users to reply to texts from an iPad and then pick up where they left off from a smartphone before returning to make another video call on a PC or tablet can do none of this.

By wirelessly transferring chats from iPhone to Android, WhatsApp could lay the foundation for users to be able to switch seamlessly between their smartphone, an Android tablet and back again.

The super sleuths at @ WABetaInfo I previously dug up screenshots of a full-fledged iPad version of WhatsApp, so the team is clearly working on it.

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