Your All-In-One Guide
to WhatsApp Transfer

Find out all kinds of comprehensive and reliable solutions on WhatsApp transfer between iOS/Android and iOS/Android devices including WhatsApp messages, photos, videos, documents, and more.

Typical Problems You May Face with
WhatsApp Transfer

Can’t Find the Official Ways to Transfer WhatsApp between iPhone and Android
As iOS is an entirely closed operating system, it is harder or almost impossible to achieve data transfer between iOS and Android, especially for social apps like WhatsApp. Presently, there are no official solutions that supports a direct WhatsApp transfer between iPhone and Android.
Can’t Get Back the Previous WhatsApp Backup Due to Data Overwriting
The problem is faced by both iPhone and Android Users. It doesn't matter if you have taken a backup on iCloud, iTunes, or Google Drive - the restoring process would overwrite the existing data, leading to the loss of your WhatsApp chats.
Must Transfer All Data on iPhone Including WhatsApp Data
One of the major problems faced by iPhone owners during WhatsApp transfer process is that they have to restore all data at once. When we use iCloud or iTunes to transfer WhatsApp files, it not only takes a long time to finish, but also takes up plenty of space as well.
Must Reset Phone first in order to Restore WhatsApp Data
When iPhone users want to restore WhatsApp via iCloud or iTunes, they have to first reset their target phone. This means all the other data on the phone will be erased.

Explore the Most Comprehensive and Reliable WhatsApp Transfer Solution

The iSkysoft Toolbox is recognized as a comprehensive and efficient WhatsApp transfer software that enables you to transfer WhatsApp Data easily as you wish from iPhone/Android to iPhone/Android. It offers all-in-one solution to meet any WhatsApp Transfer needs for all kinds of phones with the same or different operating systems.

Transfer WhatsApp from iOS/Android to iOS/Android
Preview the data and transfer WhatsApp you want selectively
Restoring WhatsApp Data without resetting the phone
Easy and fast to operate
Backup WhatsApp on both iPhone and Android
Safe and secure to protect your data

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How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages
from iPhone to Android

To transfer WhatsApp messages, photos, videos and more from iPhone to Android, there are no official solutions by Apple or Google. This is why users face problem because iOS and Android systems are not compatible with each other. Therefore, in most cases, we have to depend on a third-party software to achieve the WhatsApp transfer between iPhone and Android.

Transfer WhatsApp with iSkysoft Toolbox

The iSkysoft Toolbox comes with an easy and user-friendly solution to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to Android with simple steps.

1 Download iSkysoft Toolbox and connect your phones to PC.
2 Click “Whatsapp” and tap on “Transfer WhatsApp Message”.
3 Select the devices and click on "Transfer" to finish process.

Pros:

1 Transfer WhatsApp selectively without any data loss.
2 Preview the WhatsApp data before restoration.
3 Keep data on the target phone safe without resetting.

Transfer WhatsApp via
Email Chat

If you just want to transfer a few WhatsApp chats, you can export WhatsApp messages to your email address.

1 Go to WhatsApp>Setting>Chats Setting>Chat History>Export Chat.
2 Select WhatsApp messages you need to transfer.
3 Choose to email "Attach Media" or "Without Media".
4 Type the email id and send WhatsApp data.

Notes:

1 The storage larger than 25MB will not be supported by WhatsApp.
2 You have to transfer WhatsApp chats one by one.
3 This solution is limited to Gmail's space storage.

Misleading Solutions that do
not Work

There are several misleading solutions online on how to transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to Android as shown below.

1 iPhone to Android WhatsApp transfer via iCloud.
2 Move WhatsApp from iPhone to Android via iTunes.
3 Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to Android by Google Drive.

Attention:

Actually, these solutions do not work because iOS and Android are two different systems and the WhatsApp backups on one system can't be detected or retreived by another system.

How to transfer WhatsApp Data from iPhone to iPhone

When you buy a new iPhone and want to transfer WhatsApp messages and files from old iPhone to new iPhone, it is crucial that your previous and valuable WhatsApp data should be transferred safely without losing any content. Here are some of the tested solutions that you can try.

Compared to iCloud and iTunes, the iSkysoft Toolbox can help you transfer WhatsAppp messages, photos, videos, documents and more without factory resetting your iPhone. It is safe, quick, and user-friendly solution for protecting your existing data on the target phone.

1 Connect your iPhones to PC and run the iSkysoft Toolbox on computer.
2 Choose "WhatsApp" among social apps and tap on "Transfer WhatsApp Messages".
3 Set the source and target devices and then click on the "Transfer" button.
4 Log into WhatsApp on the target device and finish the WhatsApp transfer process.

Pros:

1 Transfer all or a part of the required WhatsApp data safely and quickly.
2 It is a safe WhatsApp transfer tool to use without erasing other data on target device.
3 You don't need to factory reset your iPhone during the transfer process.

The iCloud is an offical solution available to backup and restore all data on iOS devices. Although it can't let you only transfer the WhatsApp data from iPhone to iPhone selectively, you can still use it to backup all data on iPhone and then restore it, including WhatsApp data to another iPhone.

1 Factory reset your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all data and settings.
2 Click "Restore from iCloud Backup" after iPhone reboots.
3 Enter your iCloud credentials to access the iCloud account.
4 Choose the recent backup and confirm the restoration choice.

Notes:

1 Factory resetting your iPhone will erase all the existing data on iPhone.
2 You have to backup all data on old iPhone to transfer WhatsApp data.
3 It takes a long time to finish the transfer process depending on the file size and internet connection.
4 The transfer data is limited to 5GB unless you pay for additional storage.

Similar to iCloud, iTunes is another offical solution which you can use to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to iPhone. You can first backup data on iPhone via iTunes and then restore WhatsApp data. However, with this method, you have to restore all data (inclduing WhatsApp). The existing content on target iPhone could be lost permanently during the transfer process.

1 Open iTunes on Computer and connect your iPhone to PC.
2 Choose the device and select "Restore Backup" under the Summary tab.
3 Choose the latest iTunes backup and confirm the restoration process.

Notes:

1 You have to restore all data from iTunes backup on iPhone.
2 After restoring iTunes backup, the existing data on target iPhone will be overwritten.
3 You can only restore data from the latest iTunes backup because iTunes will overwrite the existing backup file.

How to Transfer WhatsApp Chats from Android to iPhone

Presently, there are rare solutions that provides WhatsApp transfer from Android to iPhone as iOS and Android operating systems are not compatible. However, many people still need a reliable and efficient solution to access their important WhatsApp data when they switch to iPhone. We have listed three solutions here to do the same.

Android to iPhone WhatsApp Transfer with iSkysoft Toolbox

Google Drive or Android local storage has significant limitations for WhatsApp transfer, backup & restore. iSkysoft Toolbox supports to easily eliminate all the limitations and achieve perfect experience for Android WhatsApp transfer.

1 Launch iSkysoft Toolbox on your computer, click "Restore Social App” option, select "Transfer WhatsApp messages", and connect both the source device (Android) and destination device (iPhone) to your PC.
2 Transfer WhatsApp messages.
3 Ensure the cables are connected during WhatsApp transfer. In a while, the transfer will be complete.

Advantages:

1 Transfer WhatsApp selectively without any data loss.
2 Preview the WhatsApp data before restoration.
3 Keep whole data on the target phone safe without resetting.

Android to iPhone WhatsApp Transfer via Local Backup

Due to the fact that iOS and Android operating systems are not compatible with each other, you can't use Google Drive or the local whatsapp backup solutions to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone. However, you can try to copy the backup from Android to iPhone and then open it with WhatsApp viewer tools.

1 If you have made a backup of WhatsApp on Android via Google Drive, you can find the local backups by going to phone's internal storage. The backup file would be like msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12.
2 Copy the backup file and send it to your iPhone.
3 Now download the WhatsApp viewer or ES Explorer to view the WhatsApp data on your iPhone.

Notes:

This solution may only work to view WhatsApp data on iPhone and the chats can't be detected or extracted in WhatsApp.




Android to iPhone WhatsApp Transfer by Email Chat Option

To move WhatsApp from Android to iPhone, you can also choose to export WhatsApp chats and email them to yourself on iPhone. It would only work if you want to transfer a few WhatsApp chats.

1 Open WhatsApp on Android and then tap on the three dots at the top right corner.
2 Go to Settings > Chat Settings > Chat history > Export Chat.
3 Now just select the WhatsApp chats you want and then choose "Attach Media" or "Without Media".
4 Enter your email ID and send the data.
5 Open your email on iPhone and access the WhatsApp chats.

Notes:

1 You have to transfer WhatsApp chats one by one which could take a lot of time.
2 It may not work if your WhatsApp data is large.






How to Transfer WhatsApp Chats from Android to Android

Compared to other solutions, it is relatively easier to transfer WhatsApp data from one Android to another. This is because we don't face any cross-platform transfer issues. You can transfer your data either via Google Drive integration or manually moving the local backup. Let's explore them in detail.

Android to Android WhatsApp Transfer by Google Drive

Google Drive offers Android owners a simple solution to backup and restore WhatsApp between Android phones. You can backup WhatsApp data on Android phone and on Google Drive, and can later transfer it to another Android.

1 Make sure you have taken a backup of WhatsApp on Google Drive by going to Menu > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
2 Intall WhatsApp on the new Android phone.
3 Sign in with your Google account and verify your phone number.
4 You will be asked to restore WhatsApp backup from Google Drive.
5 Confirm the restoration and finish the transfer process.

Notes:

1 Google Drive will overwrite the existing data so you may lose your chats permanently when the new backup overwrites the existing one.
2 It is a time-consuming process and will consume your network data.

 

Android to Android WhatsApp Transfer via Local Backup

When you backup WhatsApp to Google Drive, the backups will also be stored on your Android Phone locally. Now let's check how to restore WhatsApp from the local backup.

1 If you haven't stored the backup yet, go to WhatsApp settings > Chats > Chat backup > Back Up Now.
2 Go to sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases or the internal storage on old phone and copy the data to your new Android phone. The backup file may look like msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 or similar.
3 Rename the msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12.
4 Now uninstall WhatsApp on your new Android phone and reinstall it.
5 Choose "Restore" when the backup file is detected.

Pros:

1 The WhatsApp local backup only lasts for 7 days.
2 The whole process is complicated to operate.
3 The new backup data will overwrite the existing chats.

Explore more Tips about WhatsApp

Q
How to Move WhatsApp Messages from iCloud to Android ?
A
There is no official solution for moving WhatsApp messages from iCloud to Android directly, but with an 3rd-party tool can easily achieve this. Explore how to transfer WhatsApp messages from iCloud to Android with 2 steps.
Q
How to Move WhatsApp to SD Card Directly ?
A
Connect your device to computer with a USB Cable, then found WhtasApp Folder in the folder of Android phone. Besides you can also move WhatsApp meda to SD card via File Manager APP. Check this step-by-step tutorial.
Q
How to Download and Export WhatsApp Chat ?
A
WhatsApp offer an official way by Manually Download Messages via Email, but it can not export messages all together one time, you should download it one by one. Find out secret solution here.
Q
How to Recover Deleted Photos from WhatsApp ?
A
Recover WhatsApp deleted pictures via iCloud or iTunes if you already backup your WhatsApp data, but if you want to retrieve without backup, there also a easy way to recover deleted image without data loss.

Backup WhatsApp Regularly to Ensure Data Safety

To protect your WhatsApp data, it is necessary to backup WhatsApp messages and files from time to time. This will make sure that your precious and valuable chats from WhatsApp are still accessible when you switch to a new phone or suffer from a data loss. Now let's take a look at some common WhatsApp backup solutions.

With the iSkysoft Toolbox, you can backup WhatsApp data on both iPhone and Android. One of the most outstanding attributes for iSkysoft Toolbox lies in its ability to let you backup WhatsApp selectively and the new backup content will not overwrite the previous ones.

1 Download and run the software and connect the phone to computer.
2 Select "WhatsApp" and then click on "Backup WhatsApp Messages".
3 The program will begin to backup WhatsApp on iPhone or Android.
4 You can view the backups and restore it to anohter iPhone or Android phone.

Pros:

1 The new backup will not overwrite the existing backup content.
2 You can preview the backup data and restore it selectively to another iPhone or Android.
3 It provides three simple steps to finish the backup process.

For iPhone Owners, iCloud can be used to take a backup of their data on iPhone including WhatsApp messages and files. However, this solutions only offers 5GB free space and the iCloud backup will overwrite your existing content.

1 Connect your iPhone to an active WiFi network.
2 Then go to Settings>Account name>iCloud>iCloud backup>Backup Up Now.
3 If you want to sync Whatspp on iCloud, please tap on "iCloud Drive" and choose WhatsApp.

Notes:

1 iCloud only offers 5GB of free space so backup will fail if the file size exceeds the available storage.
2 If you choose to sync WhatsApp on iCloud, the deleted data on your phone will be reflected on iCloud.
3 You have to restore all data on iCloud from the backup.

Apart from iCloud, iPhone owners can also use iTunes to take a backup of their data on iPhone including WhatsApp messages. For this method, you need to operate it on your computer and have to backup all data on iPhone.

1 Connect your iPhone to PC using a lightning cable.
2 Tap on the "Device" icon when your iPhone is detected by iTunes.
3 Go to its "Summary” and click on the "Back Up Now" button.

Notes:

1 To backup WhatsApp via iTunes, you have no choice but to backup all data on iPhone altogether.
2 You will need to reset your iphone to restore iTunes backup which would erase its existing data.
3 It may take a long time to finish the backup process.

If you are using Android phones, you are able to backup WhatsApp on Google Drive. The data that's backed up on Google drive will also be stored on your Android phone but the local backup on Android phone only lasts 7 days.

1 Go to WhatsApp > Settings > Chats > Chat backup.
2 Then you can tap on "Back Up" or select a backup frequency by going to "Back up to Google Drive" and access a Google account.
3 After that, choose "Back up over" to choose the network.

Pros:

1 The WhatsApp local backup only lasts 7 days on an Android phone.
2 The new back-up data will overwrite the previous backups.