After you have read this short article, you will be able to easily transfer WhatsApp messages from one Android phone to another and keep all your old chats.
Our smartphones and tablets are so ingrained in our lives that it is hard to imagine not having one around. Not only are smart devices great but the data they hold is very valuable to us. If you own an Android phone, you probably have been communicating with family and friends via WhatsApp. Here is the problem, a new Android phone is available in the market and you desire to own it.
Want to know how you can transfer WhatsApp messages to a new Android phone? Here is a definitive step by step guide that explains the process without any data loss. Pay attention!
- Two Android Phones (old and new)
- SIM card
How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages to a New Android Phone
Step one – Backup WhatsApp messages
This process is quite simple. Launch WhatsApp on your old Android phone, go to Options > Settings > Chat History and select Backup Chat History.
Step Two – Connect your Android phone to the PC
To make the transfer possible, connect your old Android phone to your PC using a USB cable. Make sure you enable ”Transfer Files” from your new Android phone. Locate the folder named “database” where all your WhatsApp messages are backed up.
Step Three – Save the Backup to your PC
Select the latest backup file and save it on your PC. To select the right file, find one named “msgstore” and check the date it was created. It should be the same date as the one you made the backup.
Step Four – Insert SIM card into new Android phone
Open the SIM card slot on your old Android phone, retrieve the SIM card and insert it into your new Android phone.
Step Five – Download and install WhatsApp in your new Android phone
Yes, browse Google Play Store and download the latest version of WhatsApp. Remember; don’t launch the app once installation is complete.
Step Six – Connect your new Android phone to your PC
Using a USB cable, connect your new Android phone to your PC, enable transfer files, navigate to the folder where you saved the WhatsApp back up file, open and copy the file to the new WhatsApp database folder. This will allow the app to access your old WhatsApp messages. You may find that the folder database is not available in your new Android phone. Don’t worry. You can create a new folder and name it “database.”
Step Seven – Launch WhatsApp
Disconnect your new Android phone from your PC, launch WhatsApp and follow the procedure to verify your phone number.
Step Eight – Restore WhatsApp messages from backup file
Once verification is done, WhatsApp will inform you that a new backup file has been found. Tap on Restore and let the app do the rest. That’s all!
- This procedure works only on the same phone number.
- Update WhatsApp to the latest version before backing up.
- Copy all your contacts from your old Android phone to the new one before installing WhatsApp. You can also save them to your SIM card. This will allow WhatsApp to recognize your contacts.
- You may find out that the “database” folder does not exist in the new Android phone. Just create it by taping on the right mouse button, select create new folder and name it “database.”
- Restart your phone if you don’t see your WhatsApp messages.
How you can transfer WhatsApp messages between Android phones via Google Drive
WhatsApp developers have incorporated a feature where users are able to save their chat history, voice messages, photos and videos to Google Drive. This is an alternative method to the above procedure. For the procedure to be successful, you must use Google Drive backup which means your Google account must be activated on your new phone.
To make the transfer from one Android phone to another, follow this procedure.
Step One – Backup your WhatsApp chat history on Google Drive
From your old Android phone, launch WhatsApp, tap on the menu button, navigate to Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup. Here you have two options – make the chat backup procedure to be automated or copy the history manually.
Step Two – Move the backup to the new Android phone
Once you have downloaded and installed the latest version of WhatsApp in your new Android phone, verify your phone number and prepare to transfer the backup. If all goes well, all your messages will be available on your new Android phone.