Last year, WhatsApp released the ability to transfer chats from Android to iOS devices without users losing their chat history.
The same functionality was introduced in iOS devices in the year 2021 that allowed users to transfer chats from iPhone to Android devices.
Now, the Meta-owned instant messaging platform is reportedly working on a new chat transfer option to be rolled out in the future updates of the app, which will allow users to switch between different Android smartphones without having to back up their chat history on Google Drive.
According to a new report from WABetaInfo, in the WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 update, the company is developing a new way to transfer chat history that will allow Android to Android chat transfer without the need for Google Drive backups.
Currently, users need to back up their chats to Google Drive if they intend to keep all of their conversations when switching to a new device. The new chat transfer feature will be helpful for those looking for a faster chat history migration to a new Android phone without backing up their chats and media on Google Drive.
How To Use The New Chat Transfer Feature
To transfer the chat history, you first need to download the WhatsApp app on the new Android device. After opening the app on the new Android smartphone, you will be required to scan the QR code available to start the chat history migration to your new Android device.
Users will be able to access the feature by going to WhatsApp Settings > Chats and then selecting the “Chat transfer to Android” option, which will appear below the chat backup button within the Settings menu.
While the new chat transfer option certainly seems a convenient and efficient solution for the migration of chat history while switching between Android phones, it is however recommended to back up chats regularly to Google Drive to keep your conversations safe in case of unexpected events, such as loss of the phone.
The said new feature is currently under development and not yet ready for release to Beta testers, which means it will take a while before it is officially announced and rolled out.