WhatsApp customers will lastly have the ability to transfer their whole chat historical past between cellular working techniques — one thing that’s been considered one of customers’ largest requests thus far. The corporate at present launched a characteristic that can quickly turn out to be accessible to customers of each iOS and Android units, permitting them to maneuver their WhatsApp voice notes, pictures and conversations securely between units after they swap between cellular working techniques.
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 will be launched weren’t but identified.
In product leaks, WhatsApp had gave the impression to be engaged on an integration into Android’s built-in switch app, the Google Information Switch Software, which lets customers transfer their recordsdata from one Android gadget to a different, or swap from iOS to Android.
The characteristic WhatsApp launched at present, nonetheless, works with Samsung units and Samsung’s personal switch device, often known as Good Change. In the present day, Good Change helps customers switch contacts, pictures, music, messages, notes, calendars and extra to Samsung Galaxy units. Now, it’s going to switch WhatsApp chat historical past, too.
WhatsApp confirmed off the brand new device at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked occasion, and introduced Samsung’s latest Galaxy foldable units would get the characteristic first within the weeks to come back. The characteristic will later roll out to Android extra broadly. WhatsApp didn’t say when iOS customers would achieve entry, however a spokesperson for WhatsApp instructed TechCrunch the group is working to carry the characteristic to customers worldwide.
To make use of the characteristic, WhatsApp customers will join their previous and new gadget by way of a USB-C to Lightning cable, and launch Good Change. The brand new telephone will then immediate you to scan a QR code utilizing your previous telephone and export your WhatsApp historical past. To finish the switch, you’ll signal into WhatsApp on the brand new gadget and import the messages.
Constructing such a characteristic 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 device to maneuver chat historical past between working techniques required extra work from each WhatsApp in addition to working system and gadget producers with a purpose to construct it in a safe means, the corporate mentioned.
“Your WhatsApp messages belong to you. That’s why they’re saved in your telephone by default, and never accessible within the cloud like many different messaging providers,” famous Sandeep Paruchuri, product supervisor at WhatsApp, in a press release in regards to the launch. “We’re excited for the primary time to make it straightforward for individuals to securely switch their WhatsApp historical past from one working system to a different. This has been considered one of our most requested options from customers for years and we labored along with working techniques and gadget producers to resolve it,” he added.