Google removed another barrier to switching mobile operating systems on Tuesday, revealing that iPhone users may simply migrate their WhatsApp chat history to Pixel phones and devices that ship with Android 12.
Google said in a blog update that all Pixel phones now enable WhatsApp chat history transfers from iOS. The feature is also being rolled out to new smartphones running Android 12.
“Your WhatsApp chat history will simply be copied from your iPhone to your new Android phone, and we’ll automatically make sure you don’t receive new messages on the old device while the transfer is in progress,” said Paul Dunlop, project manager at Google.
Google simplified the process to allow for quick and safe data transfers. During the setup procedure of a new Pixel or Android 12 smartphone, users will be able to migrate their WhatsApp data. According to Google jobs, connecting an iPhone through a USB-C to Lightning cable and scanning a QR code displayed on the target Android device will activate WhatsApp on iOS and transfer conversations, media, and other data. In the WhatsApp settings menu, there is a manual option.
WhatsApp launched iOS-to-Android conversation history transfers in August at a Samsung hardware jobs presentation, and the Korean tech giant’s handsets were the first to support the service. An Android-to-iOS version is scheduled to be released later.
It is unknown whether the new WhatsApp transfer feature would help reduce mobile platform churn, although messaging history, photographs, and other difficult-to-move data are well-known factors to platform stickiness.