WhatsApp on Wednesday revealed a new feature that enables users to transfer entire chat history including voice notes and photos from one operating system to another.
The new feature was unveiled at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. With the new feature, users can now transfer chat history from Android to iOS and vice versa, without the use of third-party apps.
“WhatsApp will be introducing the ability to move your entire WhatsApp chat history — including voice notes, photos, and conversations — seamlessly and securely if you choose to switch mobile operating systems,” the company said during the event.
“The feature will be available to users of both Android and iOS systems — which means that people will be able to switch from both Android to iOS, and from iOS to Android. It will start to roll out on Android initially, and on Samsung’s newest Galaxy phones to start. Users will be able to take their WhatsApp history from iOS to an Android device, and will subsequently be able to do the same on iOS devices.”
Sandeep Paruchuri, product manager at WhatsApp said during the event, “Your WhatsApp messages belong to you. That’s why they are stored on your phone by default, and not accessible in the cloud-like many other messaging services,” said Sandeep Paruchuri, product manager at WhatsApp. This has been one of our most requested features from users for years and we worked together with operating systems and device manufacturers to solve it.”
The new feature will be first available in Samsung’s Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 folding phones.