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WhatsApp users can finally transfer their chat history between both iOS and Android. This migration can be done through the most recent Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.

WhatsApp iOS to Android Devices

According to the story by The Verge, WhatsApp is now adding the ability for users to bring their own chat history when they decide to switch from their iOS devices to Android devices. This includes everything from photos, voice notes, and of course the basic conversations.

The long-rumored feature was announced during the Samsung Unpacked August 2021 event that just took place. The new feature will initially cover certain transfers from the iOS all the way to the company's very own Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 along with other Samsung phones that are to come in the following weeks.

iCloud and Google Drive Storage

Eventually, the feature will reportedly cover all different transfers between iOS as well as Android phones. As of the moment, however, it is still unclear as to when it will finally be available for all other devices, also reported by Engadget.

The new feature should help fix one of the widely known WhatsApp frustrating elements. It has actually never been officially possible for users to transfer their very own chat history between the different mobile operating systems. For those that would choose to use the WhatsApp cloud backup feature, they will be able to go to the iOS chat histories which are stored directly in iCloud while Android's own chat histories are saved in Google Drive.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

This means that it was only possible to transfer users' chats between phones that are running the exact same operating system. The brand new feature transfers chat histories through the use of a physical Lightning to USB-C cable instead of sending them through the internet. As of the moment, users can expect this feature to be available for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Quite unfortunately for users, however, if they have transferred between the iOS and Android in the past and already have two different cloud backups, the new transfer feature won't even merge them directly together in a single chat history. Instead, WhatsApp notes that if users use it to migrate their chat history and then decide to back it up, it will then overwrite any other existing backups.

WhatsApp even noted that the new features will allow users to transfer their chat history from iOS to Samsung's new foldables at first. It will then allow transfers made to Samsung devices that are running Android 10 and up in the upcoming weeks. It had also declined to say when the feature would finally arrive for other non-Samsung Android phones or when it will even allow transfers from Android to iOS.

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