Despite many privacy concerns, WhatsApp was recently involved courtesy of parent company Facebook, there are still many users who continue to invest heavily in messaging. To be fair, WhatsApp currently has strong privacy protections, at least for now, and is expanding its capabilities to support a multi-device world. Ironically, these two goals do not always align, as seen in the case of transferring between Android phones and iPhones, something that can finally become easier when this chat history migration feature is available.
Part of WhatsApp’s appeal is its end-to-end encryption or E2EE and its privacy protections. This is partly possible due to the fact that chats are stored on the device instead of in the cloud, away from prying eyes. That’s also why many malware programs try to access the data that WhatsApp stores on phones to try to get interesting bits of people’s conversations.
Unfortunately, the disadvantage of this system is that the direct transfer from one compatible platform to another is not exactly simple. WhatsApp has cloud backups for this purpose, but it doesn’t always work perfectly. Unsurprisingly, there are third-party solutions that WhatsApp does not encourage due to its privacy and security risks.
Fortunately, WABetaInfo has found signs that WhatsApp is finally working on an official way to do just that. The information page for transferring chat history from iOS to Android appeared in a beta version of the app, but remains non-functional. There is also no timetable for this resource, but its existence at least gives hope that it is in progress.
This migration of chat history follows WhatsApp’s efforts to cover as many devices and platforms as possible. Like many of its kind, the messaging service started out as a phone-only app and ended up reaching web browsers recently.