WhatsApp update makes it much easier to transfer your chats to a new smartphone


WhatsApp update makes it MUCH easier to transfer your chats to a new smartphone – here’s what you need to know

  • Until now, users used the back-up and restore function or a third party app
  • But from today, you can simply scan a QR code and your new chats will appear 

Treating yourself to a new phone is exciting, but the thrill can quickly be tainted by the annoyance of having to set up all the apps on your new device. 

But a new update will put your mind at ease – at least when it comes to redownloading WhatsApp. 

Until now, users have had to use WhatsApp’s back-up and restore function or a third party app to get their chats on their new device. 

But from today, you can simply scan a QR code and your new chats will appear – including large media files and attachments. 

‘For the first time, users can preserve their complete chat and media history without having to exit the app,’ WhatsApp explained. 

From today, you can simply scan a QR code and your new chats will appear - including large media files and attachments

From today, you can simply scan a QR code and your new chats will appear – including large media files and attachments

WhatsApp hopes it will offer a more secure option for users setting up the app on a new phone. 

More secure than using unofficial third party apps which lack clear privacy practices, and more private than cloud services, the transfer process is authenticated with a QR code, data is only shared between your two devices, and is fully encrypted during transfer,’ WhatsApp explained. 

‘It’s faster than backing up and restoring your chat history and you can now also transfer large media files and attachments, which were usually too large to keep.’

Unfortunately, the new chat-transfer tool is only available between devices on the same operating system, so won’t work if you’re changing from Android to iPhone, or visa-versa.

To transfer your chats, make sure you have both your old phone and your new phone physically with you. 

You’ll need to be connected to WiFi and have location enabled. 

On your old phone, open WhatsApp, then Settings, Chats and Chat Transfer. 

At this point a QR code should appear on your screen. 

Scan the QR code with your new phone and your chats will automatically transfer across. 

The new feature is likely to be welcomed by WhatsApp users, many of who have vented about the chat transfer process through the years. 

Taking to Twitter, one user said: ‘annoying that i cant transfer my whatsapp chat history to my new phone, but parts of it have gone across..’

Another added: ‘Its very annoying how Whatsapp doesn’t make life easier when trying to transfer chats between an old and new phone..’

And one simply vented: ‘why is WhatsApp chat the most annoying to transfer.’

BEST WHATSAPP ALTERNATIVES

If you’re considering deleting WhatsApp, you’ll be happy to hear that there are several alternative apps to choose from:

1. Telegram

With more than 400 million users, Telegram is one of the most popular WhatsApp alternatives. 

While it looks very similar to WhatsApp, what sets it apart is the fact that it gives the option to set messages to self-destruct after a given period of time, leaving no trace. 

Telegram also offers end-to-end encryption.

However, as a WhatsApp spokesperson pointed out, Telegram ‘does not offer end-to-end encryption by default so it’s not necessarily more secure than WhatsApp’.

2. Signal 

Signal is one of the most secure messaging apps, thanks to the fact that it is open-source. 

This means that the code for the app is publicly available to view, making it near-impossible for the app’s creators to sneak in any backdoors that could allow governments or hackers to spy on your messages.

3. iMessage

If you use an iPhone, you may consider simply switching to iMessage, Apple’s own messaging app. 

The app has a number of impressive features included no character limits, the ability to send pictures and videos, and of course Apple’s animated emoji feature, Animoji.

Unfortunately, iMessage is only available for iPhone users, so you’ll struggle to interact with anyone using an Android. 

4. Google Messages

Google’s answer to iMessage is Google Messages, an Android-only messaging service. 

The app replaces your standard SMS app, and integrates with all of Google’s apps and services, making it easy to share images or use Google Assistant. 

5. Facebook Messenger

If you were put off using WhatsApp due to its sharing of data with Facebook, Facebook Messenger may not be the best option for you.

However, the app offers a number of helpful features, including games, secret conversations and video calls. 





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