Void yawn on Whatsapp?: How to take chat history with you to your new device

Space yawning on WhatsApp?
So take your chat history with you to the new device

Who does not know that? You buy a new smartphone, but you don’t have your old chat history ready. But users do not need to be afraid of loss, because the transmission of messages is done quickly. This is how it is done.

Anyone who buys a new cell phone and installs the WhatsApp messenger service there initially sees an expanding void. Only the chat groups you are a member of are in the list – without any chat history. But don’t panic, because conversations can move quickly. This is how it is done.

From Android to Android

To transfer WhatsApp chat logs manually, users follow the following: In WhatsApp settings under Chats there is a Chat backup option. Select this and click the Save button to save the record. Then connect the old device to a computer with a USB cable and copy the backup named “msgstore.db.crypt” to the computer. The file is in the “WhatsApp/Databases” folder and is either on the internal memory or on the SD card. Then connect the new mobile to the computer and copy “msgstore.db.crypt” in the WhatsApp folder. Only then start WhatsApp on the new device and re-register with their phone number. The application automatically recognizes the backup and is imported after the user’s consent.

Navigating is easier with Google cloud storage. The Google Drive option can also be found as a storage location under Backup options. Anyone who uses this option and then connects on the new device will be asked if chats should be restored. Click Restore – Done!

iOS to iOS

If you use WhatsApp on the iPhone, on the other hand, you have no choice: in order to be able to migrate your chat logs, iCloud cloud storage must be activated. The following procedure is the same as with Android: just register on the new device with the phone number and answer the question about recovery in the affirmative – that’s it.

Between Android and iOS

It’s more complicated for users switching from iOS to Android device or vice versa: while moving from iOS to Android is possible for free using the “Wazzap Migrator Lite” app, the other method only works with a paid version of the little assistant.

The developers of WhatsApp are also working on a solution: it has recently become easier, at least on Samsung devices, to move from iOS to Android. However, only for Samsung phones with Android 10 or later and the Smart Switch app installed. According to Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, other manufacturers’ easy-to-use solutions are already in the works.

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Brooke Vargas

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