Some of us prefer to use WhatsApp over other messaging apps such as Telegram or even iMessage. Over time, WhatsApp will store a lot of data on your iPhone, such as photos, videos, message, voice messages, and so on. When you buy a new iPhone, you cannot afford to lose all these precious data.
Luckily, there are a couple of ways in which you could transfer your messages and other data from WhatsApp to iPhone. The most obvious method is backing up via iTunes, but this won’t be a suitable option if you only want to transfer your WhatsApp messages to your new iPhone.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you the two different methods of transferring your WhatsApp messages to a new iPhone.
How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages Using iCloud
The first method involves using iCloud to transfer your messages from one iPhone to another. First, you’ll backup your WhatsApp on iCloud using your old iPhone and then restore them on your new iPhone. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: On your old iPhone, open Settings and tap on your name at the top.
Step 2: Tap on iCloud.
Step 3: Toggle on iCloud Drive. Below it, you’ll find a list of all the apps that back up their data to iCloud. Find WhatsApp and make sure that it is toggled on.
Step 4: Now open WhatsApp and go to the Settings tab.
Step 5: Open Chats > Chat Backup.
Step 6: Press the Back Up Now button. WhatsApp will begin backing up all your data to iCloud. Make sure that you have enough iCloud storage to complete the operation.
Step 7: Once the backup has been completed, sign into your Apple ID on the new iPhone.
Step 8: Download and install WhatsApp on your new iPhone. After you verify your phone number, WhatsApp will ask if you want to restore your iCloud backup. Tap on Restore to begin transferring all your WhatsApp messages, media files, and other data to your new iPhone. This may take some time depending on how large the backup data is.
How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages to New iPhone Without iCloud
Although the previous method is straightforward and more convenient, some of you might not have enough storage space on iCloud to complete the backup. Therefore, an alternative method would be to backup and transfer your WhatsApp data using a third-party software called iMazing. Without further ado, here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Download and install iMazing on your Mac or Windows computer. (Download link: iMazing)
Step 2: Connect your old iPhone to your computer, then open iMazing.
Step 3: Select your iPhone in the sidebar, then click Back Up.
Step 4: Once the backup has been completed, select your device in the sidebar, then click Apps.
Step 5: A list of all your installed apps are displayed. Click on WhatsApp, then select Manage Apps > Extract App.
Step 6: The file browser window is displayed. Browse and select the folder where you want to export WhatsApp’s data and files. iMazing will now extract all of WhatsApp’s data and save them in a file with the .imazingapp extension.
Step 7: Disconnect the old iPhone and connect your new iPhone.
Step 8: On your new iPhone, download and install WhatsApp if you haven’t done so. There’s no need to launch the app and verify your phone number.
Step 9: Open iMazing, select your device in the sidebar, then click on Apps. Once again, you’ll view all the apps installed on your new iPhone.
Step 10: Click Manage Apps > Restore App. The file browser window is displayed. Browse and select the WhatsApp backup file that you saved earlier. The file will have the .imazingapp extension.
Step 11: iMazing will begin to restore WhatsApp’s backup data to your new iPhone. Once done, click Continue to restart your iPhone and complete the process.
Step 12: Now go to the Home screen and open WhatsApp. You’ll view your entire chat history just as it was on your old iPhone.