How To Restore WhatsApp Chats From iPhone To Android


WhatsApp is one of the most downloaded messaging apps for Android and iOS devices, mainly because of its versatility and features. It also offers cross-platform messaging, as well as end-to-end encryption to keep your private messages secure.

If you are planning to switch to a new Android device from your older iPhone, you might wonder whether it’s possible to restore your WhatsApp chats on a different operating system. While Apple locks out its users in the iCloud environment for backups, it’s possible to get your chats back on your Android device. Simply follow the instructions in this guide.

Step 1: Export WhatsApp chats on iPhone

WhatsApp does offer an option to export chat history in different formats. Here’s how to do it on your iPhone:

  1. First, launch WhatsApp from the iOS Home Screen.
  2. Next, scroll down to the chat you want to export and then swipe to its left.
  3. Tap More from the actions, then click Export Chat in the window.
  4. Now select Mail from the Share Sheet, then enter your email address (which you also can access from your Android device) in the recipient field.
  5. Tap the up-arrow icon (Send) in the upper right corner of the Mail window.

That’s it! You can access the exported chat on your Android device. However, you will have to do the same for every open chat session individually. You can repeat the steps above.

Step 2: Import WhatsApp chats on iPhone

Now that you have sent all of your exported WhatsApp chat on your email address, it’s time to import them on WhatsApp. Just do the following:

  1. Launch the Gmail app on your Android device.
  2. Now open up the mails with your exported WhatsApp chat, then tap the Download logo next to the files.
  3. After that, uninstall WhatsApp from your device and reinstall it from the Play Store.
  4. Next, relaunch WhatsApp from the app drawer and go through the verification process.
  5. During the final setup phase, WhatsApp will automatically scan for your chat history files. When found, tap Restore to continue restoring your WhatsApp chats.
  6. Once WhatsApp restores all of your chat backups, click Next to finalize the WhatsApp setup process.

Although the export and import process is way easier on a single platform, it’s quite intricate and convoluted when switching from iOS to Android. It’s due to the lack of proper cross-platform synchronization.

You can at least follow the instructions above to restore your WhatsApp chats from iPhone to Android in a less complicated way.

Set up Google Drive backup for WhatsApp on Android

It’s vital that you set up Google Drive to keep a backup of your WhatsApp chats so that you won’t have to go through the time-consuming process next time you switch to another Android device. Simply follow the steps below.

  1. From the WhatsApp window on your Android device, tap the overflow icon on the top-right corner and tap Settings in the drop-down menu.
  2. Select Chats from the settings menu, and click Chat backup on the following page.
  3. Next, tap Back up to Google Drive and choose your preferred backup frequency.
  4. After that, select your Google Account to sync up the backup. You can choose more than one Google Account for your chat backups.
  5. Now select Wi-Fi as your preferred connection for backing up your chat history. You may also choose Wi-Fi or cellular, but uploading the backup to Google Drive might use over 100MB+ of your cellular data plan.
  6. In case you want to back up videos as well, toggle on Include videos in the “Chat backup” menu. Note that it will increase the backup size significantly over time.

Once you go through the steps, your WhatsApp chats will be backed up automatically on your Google Drive. Later, if you sign in with your Google Account on a new Android device, you can restore your Whatsapp chats seamlessly.

If you want to create a new WhatsApp chat backup manually, go to the “Chat backup” menu from the app settings, then tap the “BACK UP” option. The manual backup will be stored on your device’s internal storage instead of syncing up with Google Drive. You can access the backup file from the WhatsApp folder in the root directory.

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