MADRID, 21 (Portaltic/EP)
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps present for both Android and iOS which helps in migrating chat history between one operating system and another when user got a new phone now that the implementation of this transfer system is complete.
Meta’s app now supports transferring chat history and other data from an Android phone to an iPhone, having added data migration from iOS to Android last year. In the latter case, it is available for Samsung phones, Pixel phones and new devices with the launch version of Android 12.
Although it does not support call history and display name, it allows transfer of account information, profile picture, individual and group chats, chat history, media files and settings.
The system follows the same procedure whether the migration is from Android to iOS or from iOS to Android, although there may be slight differences, as an operating system’s own “application” may be necessary to support the migration.
ANDROID AND IOS
To begin the process of migrating from Android to iOS, it must be specified that the Android phone is the one that the user has already used, and that it works, at least, with version 5.0 Lollipop. You need to install the “app” called “Move to iOS” there.
The iPhone where the data will be transferred must be new (or failing that, you must perform a factory reset in a used one), with iOS version 15.5 or later installed.
The process also requires that the phone number is the same on both devices (the SIM card already inserted in the new one), that they are connected to a power source and to the same WiFi network.
To perform the data migration, the user needs to open the “Move to iOS” “app” on the Android device. After following some instructions, the iPhone phone will show a code on the screen which must be entered in the Android mobile.
Once the code is entered, the iPhone will create a temporary WiFi network to which the user must also join the Android mobile. Next, a series of options for the data to transfer will appear on the screen. In this case, you must choose WhatsApp.
Data transfer will begin at this time. The user doesn’t have to do anything else until the progress bar displayed on the iPhone screen is complete. To finish, you just have to click on the Done button on Android and then on Continue on iOS.
FROM IPHONE TO ANDROID
It’s the same process, but in the opposite direction, that is, the old phone is an iPhone and the new one (or with factory settings restored) to which we want to transfer our WhatsApp history, an Android. The practical thing is to perform this migration when we turn on the Samsung or another brand new Android for the first time.
The strong point is that depending on the phone model, one application or another must be installed on the mobile. On Samsung devices (since Android 10) it’s “Samsung Smart Switch”, and on Pixel or other Android it’s Google’s “Data Restore Tool”. And as a novelty, a USB-C to Lightning cable (or equivalent adapters).
The Samsung mobile must be turned on at all times and connected with the cable to the iPhone from which it will receive data. ‘Samsung Smart Switch’ will guide the process until it asks to use the iPhone’s camera to scan a QR code which will appear on the new Android phone. Next, you will need to press the “Start” button on the iPhone.
While the part of the process is in progress on the iPhone, the Samsung terminal can be configured until it reaches the home screen, where we can install and open WhatsApp and log in with the same number of telephone. The messaging “app” itself will request to import data.
If we try to transfer data to Pixel or other Android mobile then ‘Data Restore Tool’ allows us to migrate data between devices via cable or cloud storage service. You will also need to scan the QR code with the old iPhone to complete the process.
The data migration process itself is more laborious than difficult, since you have to be aware of the independent “applications” to do it, that we have already inserted the SIM card with the same number in the new terminal, that both phones are linked (by WiFi in one case and by cable in the other), among others.
We must not forget that once the data transfer is complete, and we check that all the chats, files and other information are present on the new mobile, the data will continue to be on the old mobile, so you must delete them and delete the “application” therefore, especially if we are going to sell or transfer the mobile to another person.