Ways to Transfer WhatsApp Messages Between iPhones

--Wednesday, Dec.21, 2016

Since Jan Koum and Brian Acton established WhatsApp on February 24, 2009, WhatsApp has undoubtedly become much more popular than ever. By June 2016, more than 100 million voice calls are made per day on WhatsApp according to a post on the company's blog. I don't doubt that there is anyone who doesn't know what WhatsApp is. Thanks to WhatsApp, the boundary between friends and us are getting stronger.


'If I didn't open WhatsApp once, I'd feel uncomfortable all day long.' I believe that situation must be common in the public now. However, given that you've switched to a brand new iPhone, say iPhone 7/7 Plus, do you know how to transfer and keep your WhatsApp chat history along with the new iPhone? People tend to upgrade their phones over 2 years, so this guide will definitely come in handy one day. Whether you need it now or later, you'd better take a look at four methods below.

Method 1: Transfer WhatsApp Messages via WhatsApp Manager

WhatsApp Manager, known as iOS WhatsApp Transfer, Backup & Restore, is a multifunctional software provides a fast, simple and secure way to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to iPhone/Android without any data loss.

Step 1.Launch WhatsApp Manager

Download and install WhatsApp Manager via a click of the button above. Next, please launch the software. Then, click on "More Tools" and select "iOS WhatsApp Transfer, Backup & Restore". There are four features available. Please click and choose "Transfer WhatsApp messages" to go on.

Note that WhatsApp Manager supports to transfer to Android phones as well.

WhatsApp Manager Home Page

Step 2.Connect iPhones to the Software

Now, you should connect both iPhones via USB cables to Mac/PC. When it's done, the software will automatically detect c associated devices and show on the screen. Please confirm whether the source device and the target device are correct. If yes, tap "Transfer" to start transferring. If not, click "Flip" right in the middle to change the source/target iPhones.

Connect iPhones to Software

Step 3. Transfer WhatsApp Data

Once you hit the "Transfer" button, a pop-up will show up informing you of the fact that current WhatsApp data on the target device will be overwritten. Please choose "Yes" to continue transferring process.

Source iPhone Overwritten

The process will complete in no time. Normally, it takes less than 5 minutes. After that, you will be prompted that the transfer has completed. Now, open WhatsApp on your new iPhone, you will find all the data, including text messages, voice messages, images and stickers safe and sound.

Complete Transferring WhatsApp

Method 2: Transfer WhatsApp Chats via Auto Backup

As a matter of facts, WhatsApp itself allows users to backup and restore data in the app. It will send and store your contents to the WhatsApp's iCloud similar to the iCloud on iPhone. Though this method is a bit troublesome, it enables users to 'transfer' WhatsApp data. Please check out the following steps.

Step 1. Launch WhatsApp on the old iPhone.

Step 2. Go to "Settings" > "Chats" > "Chat Backup".

Step 3. Hit the "Back Up Now" button as to back up current contents.

Step 4. Download and install WhatsApp on the new iPhone.

Step 5. Type in your phone number to log in WhatsApp.

Step 6. Click on "Restore" if prompted to restore from WhatsApp iCloud.

Step 7. Wait until it's all done.

WhatsApp Backup and Restore

Method 3: Transfer WhatsApp Conversations via iCloud

Also, we could restore to iPhone's Backup & Restore feature to transfer WhatsApp data. Please follow the instruction and finish it.

Step 1. Open "Settings" on the old phone.

Step 2. Go to "iCloud" > "Backup".

Step 3. Tap on "Back Up Now" to back up contents on the old iPhone.

Step 4. If your new iPhone haven't been activated, you can activate it now and choose "Restore from iCloud backup". If you've activated the new iPhone, check the steps below.

Step 5. Go to "Settings" > "General" > "Reset" on new iPhone.

Step 6. Click and choose the "Erase All Content and Settings" option as to reset your device.

Step 7. After your new iPhone reboots, choose "Restore from iCloud backup".

Note that if you want to avoid wiping out the current data, you can use iPhone Data Recovery to restore WhatsApp data from iCloud instead.

Transfer WhatsApp via iCloud

Method 4: Transfer WhatsApp Messages via iTunes

WhatsApp conversations are retrievable from iTunes backups as long as there are iTunes backup files available. The detailed steps are showed as below.

Step 1. Connect the old iPhone to iTunes.

Step 2. Go to "Summary" page and Click on "Back Up Now" to have iPhone backed up.

Step 3. When the backup completes, unplug the old iPhone and connect the new iPhone to iTunes.

Step 4. Go to the "Summary" page and select "Restore Backup..."

Step 5. Choose the previous backup file to restore.

Step 6. Wait until the restoration is done.

Transfer via iTunes

Notes: Four ways to Back up WhatsApp after the Transfer

After you've successfully transferred WhatsApp messages from old iPhone to new iPhone, you should done a backup in case that data loss happens somehow. Users are allowed to do a backup for WhatsApp via four methods. You can choose the one that you'd like to try.

Backup via WhatsApp

Step 1. Launch "WhatsApp" on iPhone.

Step 2. Go to "Settings" > "Chat Backup".

Step 3. Click on "Back Up Now".

Note that you can also enable "Auto Backup".

Backup via iCloud

Step 1. Run the "Settings" app on iPhone.

Step 2. Scroll down and choose "iCloud" option.

Step 3. Swipe down and tap "Backup" option.

Step 4. Hit "Back Up Now" button.

Note that you can toggle on "iCloud Backup" as to enable the auto-backup feature.

Backup via iTunes

Step 1. Open the latest version of "iTunes" on Mac/PC.

Step 2. Plug in iPhone to connect to iTunes.

Step 3. Tap the "Phone-like" icon to enter "Summary" page.

Step 4. Scroll down and click on "Back Up Now" option.

Note that you can also encrypt the iTunes backup file.

Back up via WhatsApp Manager (Recommended)

Step 1. Launch iOS WhatsApp Transfer, Backup & Restore.

Step 2. Connect iPhone to the software.

Step 3. Go to "More Tools" > "iOS WhatsApp Transfer, Backup & Restore".

Step 4. Choose "Backup WhatsApp messages" feature.

Step 5. Click on "Backup" button and wait till it's done.

Backup WhatsApp Messages

If you're reading this paragraph, I assume that you've already learned and known how to transfer WhatsApp messages between iPhones from the sections above. Don't forget to make a backup for the transferred contents. If you're still having any problems, welcome to leave your misgivings below.

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