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If you want to take the WhatsApp app with you from one iPhone to another, there are different approaches. Moving WhatsApp with all messages to a new iPhone is of course easiest if the app and the chats it contains migrate from iOS device to iOS device as part of a full backup. But you can also implement chat and group take-along as a single measure. Do you have a comment or an addition, please leave a comment.
If you have bought a new iPhone, you either want to transfer all data from the old device or at least move individual apps and content. In the first case, i.e. when transferring a copy of the old device, hardly any preparation is required. To be on the safe side, you can make a backup on your Mac or PC.
Basically, when you set up the new device using the "quick start" function, you only have to transfer the SIM card and follow the instructions on the display after you have selected this option to take over the old iPhone data. Then you put the devices next to each other and they take care of it. Further information on the iPhone quick start can be found in the support document HT210216.
In the event that you do not want to transfer a copy of the old iPhone, but only want to transfer selected content, proceed as follows:
The official instructions On the FAQ page of WhatsApp there are a few more tips on the procedure shown. The most obvious is that you have to be logged in with the Apple ID on the devices with which you access the iCloud in which the WhatsApp backup is created.
A more important note, however, is: "You need at least 2,05 times the size of your backup as free space in your iCloud account and on your phone.“Furthermore, it is once again pointed out that the procedure only works if the same telephone number is used on both devices (i.e. the SIM card moves with it or there is a number portability at the new tariff).
According to the official WhatsApp FAQ, there is currently no solution to move WhatsApp from an Android device to an iPhone with iOS. It works in the other direction - from iPhone to Samsung devices, for example. The Samsung SmartSwitch app and a USB-C to Lightning cable are required for this. You can find the instructions with this link. A solution for the other direction is also being worked on, so that WhatsApp can be taken from Android to iOS. There is currently no precise information on this (as of October 28, 2021).
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