WhatsApp is one of the biggest and most popular chat apps out there. It seems to have everything — it is easy to use, it has great security, and thanks to its strong encryption, you can have private conversations with your friends without the fear of surveillance. However, that’s all well and good for as long as you keep using one smartphone. As most people know, smartphones were not really meant to last and need to be upgraded every few years.
Sure, you can buy one, take care of it properly, and even run it for two or three years. But, sooner or later, it will start to fail. And that’s only if you don’t end up dropping it and having its screen smashed, or have a non-waterproof one sink into the bathtub.
In the end, you will have to replace it. However, your WhatsApp conversations won’t be on your new phone — unless you transfer them manually, that is. So, today, we are going to show you how to do that in several different ways. After that, it will be up to you to choose a method and transfer all of your old WhatsApp chats to your new Android device.
3 Methods to Transfer Your WhatsApp Chat to a New Android Phone
1. Google Drive
One of the most popular ways to get your transfer your WhatsApp conversations to another smartphone is via Google Drive. This method became a common one after WhatsApp started including automatic Google Drive backups. After that, all you need is to transfer your simcard to a new phone and restore the chats with ease. To do so, follow these steps:
- Go to WhatsApp on your new smartphone.
- Tap the three lines on the top left corner of your screen.
- Go to Settings, and then proceed to Chats.
- Once in Chats, tap on Chat Backup.
- Tap on Account to add your Google Drive account.
- Now go back and press the Back Up button. You can backup your chats manually, or let your phone do it automatically. After you reinstall WhatsApp or install it on a new phone, you will be able to recover your chats directly from Google Drive.
Now to restore your WhatsApp chat on the new device, following these steps:
- Install WhatsApp on your new Android device.
- When you open it, you’ll be asked to agree to the Terms & Conditions. Press Agree and Continue.
- Enter your phone number. If prompted for verification, enter the verification code.
- WhatsApp will now ask if you want it to find and restore your backup from Google Drive, press Continue and allow WhatsApp to access your Google Drive to find the backup.
- Once it finds your backup, it will show a message on WhatsApp. Tap Restore and then Next to restore all your WhatsApp conversations.
This is by far the easiest method where you don’t really have to do almost anything, apart from logging into your Google Drive on the new phone. WhatsApp will then restore your chats instantly in the background.
2. PC transfer
While Google Drive transfers are among the most popular ones, there are still many who prefer to transfer their data via PC. There are a few reasons for this, but the biggest one is fear of data loss. You see, Google Drive may be practical, but it also comes with limited space, as well as a storage validity period.
As such, you may lose a portion of your data if you rely on Google Drive for backups and restoration of your conversations. Another reason may be WhatsApp’s new encryption algorithm, which might lead to complications when you try to import old conversations onto a new device.
In order to avoid these issues, people prefer to simply use their computer to transfer WhatsApp messages from one Android to Another by using Dr.Fone – WhatsApp Transfer tool. Here is how it works:
- Start by downloading and installing the Dr.Fone software.
- Run the tool and once it greets you with its menu, select the WhatsApp Transfer option.
- Connect both, the old phone and the new phone to your computer, and select the WhatsApp option within Dr.Fone interface.
- Next, find and select an option called Transfer WhatsApp Messages.
- The tool will then detect both Android devices, and once you make sure that each device is in the right place within the software, simply click ‘Transfer.’
- Dr.Fone will move your chat history, and you will be able to see the progress of the process.
That’s pretty much all there is to it. Once the process is complete, you can simply start using WhatsApp on your new device as you did on the old one.
3. Phone-to-Phone transfer
Another option you have is to transfer your WhatsApp chat history from one Android to another directly, with no computers or cloud storages in between. Instead, you would use a local backup. The process is a bit lengthy, although not that complicated.
The steps are rather simple and easy to follow, and you can have it all done in a matter of minutes. Here is what you need to do to get the job done:
- Start by backing up your chats manually by going to WhatsApp, and then to Settings within the app.
- In the settings, find an option called ‘Chats and Calls,’ and inside, go for ‘Back up Chats’
- Once the process is complete, you will have to transfer the backup to your new phone. But first, you need to place the backup on an SD card.
- Once you do that, it is as simple as transferring the SD card from one phone to another.
- After completing the transfer, you can just install WhatsApp on the new phone.
- WhatsApp will locate the file backup on your phone automatically, and ask you if you wish to restore the data. If you choose to do so, your old chats will appear on the new phone.
One thing to note here is that it is possible for some files to be missing once the final transfer is complete. File transferring often sees such complications, with files going missing, getting corrupted along the way, or getting encrypted in a way that the new Android device’s WhatsApp cannot figure it out.
In other words, regardless of which method you take, there are bound to be some uncertainties, and you should be prepared for the fact that some files may end up being lost, at least as far as the new device is concerned. You can still keep them in the old device, provided that you don’t delete them or the app itself.
WhatsApp is a quick, safe, and free method of secure communication that a lot of people tend to use these days. However, if you happen to change your phone, and you wish to have your old chats transferred into a new Android device, you will have to do it yourself.
There are multiple ways of going about it, as described above. However, while the methods are fairly simple and quick, they do have their negatives. For example, you can end up losing files no matter what way you try to transfer files from one device to another.
Files are fragile, and it is possible for something to happen in transfer, that would result in a total loss of the file, or at least it got corrupted along the way, so be prepared for that possibility.