WhatsApp customers will lastly be capable of transfer their whole chat historical past between cellular working methods — one thing that’s been one in all customers’ largest requests to this point. The corporate at the moment launched a function that may quickly develop into out there to customers of each iOS and Android units, permitting them to maneuver their WhatsApp voice notes, images, and conversations securely between units after they swap between cellular working methods.
The corporate had been rumored to be engaged on such performance for a while, however the particulars of which units could be initially supported or when it could be launched weren’t but identified.
In product leaks, WhatsApp had appeared to be working on an integration into Android’s built-in switch app, the Google Knowledge Switch Device, which lets customers transfer their recordsdata from one Android system to a different, or swap from iOS to Android.
The function WhatsApp launched at the moment, nonetheless, works with Samsung units and Samsung’s personal switch instrument, often known as Smart Switch. At present, Good Change helps customers switch contacts, images, music, messages, notes, calendars, and extra to Samsung Galaxy units. Now, it should switch WhatsApp chat historical past, too.
WhatsApp confirmed off the brand new instrument at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked occasion, and introduced Samsung’s latest Galaxy foldable units would get the function first within the weeks to return. The function will later roll out to Android extra broadly. WhatsApp didn’t say when iOS customers would achieve entry.
To make use of the function, WhatsApp customers will join their outdated and new system collectively through a USB-C to Lightning cable, and launch Good Change. The brand new cellphone will then immediate you to scan a QR code utilizing your outdated cellphone and export your WhatsApp historical past. To finish the switch, you’ll signal into WhatsApp on the brand new system and import the messages.
Constructing such a function was non-trivial, the corporate additionally defined, as messages throughout its service are end-to-end encrypted by default and saved on customers’ units. That meant the creation of a instrument to maneuver chat historical past between working methods required further work from each WhatsApp in addition to working system and system producers as a way to construct it in a safe approach, the corporate mentioned.
“Your WhatsApp messages belong to you. That’s why they’re saved in your cellphone by default, and never accessible within the cloud like many different messaging providers,” famous Sandeep Paruchuri, product supervisor at WhatsApp, in an announcement concerning the launch. “We’re excited for the primary time to make it simple for folks to securely switch their WhatsApp historical past from one working system to a different. This has been one in all our most requested options from customers for years and we labored along with working methods and system producers to unravel it,” he added.