WhatsApp users who switch from Android to an iPhone can now take their message history with them.
Previously, transferring WhatsApp data was only possible in the reverse direction – from iPhone to Google’s Android platform – and it was only introduced last year.
Apple said its Move To iOS app, which can be downloaded to Android phones, has now been updated to securely transfer WhatsApp data – the app is already used to transfer other phone data such as contact details, photos and videos.
WhatsApp said the transfer will take place while remaining fully encrypted and will begin on Tuesday but will take about a week to reach all users.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta – which also owns WhatsApp – said: “We’re adding the ability for WhatsApp to securely switch phones and transfer your chat history, photos, videos and voice messages between Android and iPhone, while preserving the end – to-the-end encryption.
“This is one of the most requested features. We introduced the ability to move from iPhone to Android last year and are now adding Android to iPhone as well.”