WhatsApp could allow users to transfer chat history between different numbers

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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Facebook-owned popular messaging platform WhatsApp is working on a way to allow users to transfer their chat history when switching to a new phone with a different phone number, according to a report.

The new feature appears to be an expansion of the ability to transfer WhatsApp chat history from one device to another, from Android to iOS, and vice versa via a Chat History Migration tool that is currently in testing.

Users will be able to transfer media from one platform to another using the Chat History Migration tool. Users who want to move their WhatsApp accounts between Android and iPhones will benefit from this.

Users can now change their phone numbers without losing their chats on WhatsApp. However, in this situation, the new device should run on the same platform as your old phone. This means that whether you switch between two iPhone models or two Android phones, you’ll be able to transfer your chat history.

It’s important to note, however, that users will only have the option of migrating their chats when they first sign in to their WhatsApp account on the new phone, not later.

According to WABetaInfo, the feature is currently in progress on both the Android and iPhone versions of WhatsApp. Last month, a couple of references to the Chat History Migration tool were spotted. Also in the beta phase, there are no details about when it will be available to users.

WhatsApp is still working on securing chat backups, according to reports. The company has recently been spotted testing end-to-end encrypted chat backups stored on Google Drive.

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