WhatsApp users can transfer chat histories from iPhone to Google Pixel, Android 12 devices

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Google on Tuesday cleared another barrier to switching mobile operating systems, announcing that iPhone users can easily migrate WhatsApp chat histories to Pixel phones and devices that launch with Android 12.

All Pixel phones now support WhatsApp chat history transfers from iOS, Google said in an update to its blog. The feature is also rolling out to new smartphones that ship with Android 12.

“Your WhatsApp chat history will simply be copied from your iPhone to your new Android phone, and we’ll automatically make sure you don’t receive new messages on the old device while the transfer is in progress,” Paul Dunlop, project manager at Google.

Google streamlined the process to enable fast and secure data transfers. Users who recently purchased a new Pixel phone or Android 12 smartphone will see an option to migrate WhatsApp data during the setup process. Connecting an iPhone via a USB-C to Lightning cable and scanning a QR code will launch WhatsApp and move over conversations, media and more, Google says. A manual option can be accessed in the WhatsApp settings menu.

WhatsApp announced iOS-to-Android chat history transfers at a Samsung hardware event in August, with the Korean tech giant’s devices being first to take advantage of the feature.

It is unclear if the new WhatsApp transfer tool will drive switchers, but messaging histories, photos and other locally stored data contribute to platform stickiness.

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