WhatsApp, Meta’s instant messaging platform, now has a faster and more secure way to transfer chats locally from your old phone to a new one using a QR code, without the need for a cloud.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Instagram that WhatsApp users can now transfer their chats between devices (same operating system only). He said this will allow users to move their chats to a new phone “more private without your chats ever leaving your devices”.
📱📲 Now you can seamlessly, quickly and securely transfer your entire chat history between the same operating systems without ever leaving the app. Out today 👀 pic.twitter.com/UqNpyw8bCC– Whatsapp Whatsapp) June 30, 2023
The video shared on the metachannel shows that a user can easily transfer chats from one Android device to another by scanning a QR code. This eliminates the need for third-party apps and transfers data locally, rather than using the cloud. For this to work, both devices must be connected to the same local Wi-Fi network.
Follow these steps to transfer chats using this method:
- Once you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network on both devices, open WhatsApp on your old phone and go to Settings > Chats > Chat transfer.
- Now a new QR code appears.
- You need to scan this QR code from your new device (that you want your chats on) to complete the transfer of the chat data.
This is the first time WhatsApp has introduced a way to transfer chats locally on the same operating system. While transferring chats over the cloud is the norm, this new, faster method is definitely useful for users.