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WhatsApp Reveals Chat Switch Between iOS and Android, Beginning With Samsung at Galaxy Unpacked

WhatsApp has on Wednesday unveiled a much-anticipated function permitting customers to lastly switch their chat historical past between iOS and Android telephones. It is a function that has been massively anticipated by customers, and till now, for those who switched from an iPhone to an Android telephone, or vice versa, you then both needed to belief third-party apps, take sophisticated steps, or simply surrender in your chat historical past. With the brand new function, WhatsApp is promising an straightforward resolution to this downside.

WhatsApp made the announcement on the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked occasion, and at first, customers will have the ability to use the function emigrate their chat historical past from iPhones to Samsung telephones, beginning with the brand new foldables from the South Korean tech big — it seems like Samsung is hoping that this would possibly assist entice customers who have been locked into their iPhones, however are intrigued by its new folding telephones. Nevertheless, the function can be obtainable for each iOS and Android and can work in each instructions quickly, WhatsApp mentioned.

A consumer’s total chat historical past is end-to-end encrypted on their very own machine, and because of this migrating chats together with voice notes bumped into technical points. WhatsApp says that it labored with the world’s largest handset makers and working system makers with a view to make this potential. 

“WhatsApp can be introducing the power to maneuver your total WhatsApp chat historical past — together with voice notes, images, and conversations — in a seamless and safe method for those who select to modify cell working methods,” the corporate mentioned in its announcement. “The function signifies that individuals will have the ability to change between the platforms of their selection, and take their WhatsApp historical past with them.”

“The function can be obtainable to customers of each Android and iOS methods — which signifies that individuals will have the ability to change from each Android to iOS, and from iOS to Android. It would begin to roll out on Android initially, and on Samsung’s latest Galaxy telephones to begin. Customers will have the ability to take their WhatsApp historical past from iOS to an Android machine, and can subsequently have the ability to do the identical on iOS units.”

“Your WhatsApp messages belong to you. That is why they’re saved in your telephone by default, and never accessible within the cloud like many different messaging providers,” mentioned Sandeep Paruchuri, product supervisor at WhatsApp. “We’re excited for the primary time to make it straightforward for individuals to securely switch their WhatsApp historical past from one working system to a different. This has been one among our most requested options from customers for years and we labored along with working methods and machine producers to resolve it.”


Does WhatsApp’s new privateness coverage spell the top on your privateness? We mentioned this on Orbital, the Devices 360 podcast. Orbital is obtainable on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

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