WhatsApp, beyond the shadow of a doubt, is the best messaging service for smartphones, like Android and iOS. It seldom happens in the tech world where a single day passes without you staring at your WhatsApp inbox, anticipating for your friends or family to send you more
Candy Crush requests. WhatsApp is the potentate of all communication applications on Android devices.
The other side of the story is strictly bound to which device you use. Suppose you’ve been using an Android device for the past one year, and are looking forward to an upgrade (or already have), then what? Assuming you’ve been using WhatsApp on the old device for over a year, this means that you might as well have a ton of music, videos and documents stored into it, or worse, important chat history, which you know is very dear and near to your heart.
You probably wouldn’t let all of your cardinal data just vanish into the air, with the device you no longer use. This is where it starts getting tricky. So, this is how you transfer WhatsApp data from one device to another.
- You need your old Android device, with all of its WhatsApp data still intact. Ensure that you still have WhatsApp installed on that device.
- A fully functioning PC, with appropriate drivers installed.
- A USB-Data Cable, for transferring the backup files later on in the procedure.
- Your new Android device, with WhatsApp installed. Make it a point that you do not set up WhatsApp on your new device as well.
- Finally, some brains.
With everything jacked up, we can now safely continue on with the procedure itself.
- Launch WhatsApp on your Android device, and backup the chat history manually. To do so :
- Go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Chats and calls > Back up chats or Chat backup.
- Once done, all you need to do is transfer Whatsapp data from your old device, to your new one. There are two possibilities in doing so.
- For devices using an External SD Card, simply swap it up into the new device, and continue on.
- For devices which utilize an Internal SD Card, then all we need to do is backup the WhatsApp folder manually (refer image). Connect your old device to your PC, and find and locate the ‘WhatsApp‘ folder. Simply copy it over to the internal storage of your new Android device, and continue.
- Once the transfer process is done, uninstall WhatsApp from your previous Android device, and install it onto your new one. You need to login/setup WhatsApp using the same number on your new device as before.
- This process usually takes some time, so grab a cup of coffee. If your transfer process was justified, then WhatsApp will prompt you to restore the found WhatsApp data.
- The restore process takes some time depending upon the amount of backup you required.
See, that wasn’t hard, was it? This procedure works with every Android device out there. You no longer have to compromise upon deletion of old chats just to get your hands on a new Android device.
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