Whatsapp has made some changes to their app and now you’ve to follow some extra steps in order to transfer your Whatsapp data from iPhone to Android. One of our fellow readers has commented on how he has done it. I’m pasting his comment here. Follow these steps and for any doubt do comment, I’ll try to reply asap.
0. Make sure you’ve synced your contacts from the old phone with the new one first if you want Whatsapp to recognize them instead of showing up as phone numbers.
1. Create a non-encrypted backup of your iPhone on your PC using iTunes. This can be done even if you never used iTunes before (like me, since you have CopyTrans for that). Keep the default backup folder because that’s where wmextractor will look for the file.
2. Download the free wmextractor and run it. It should automatically detect your iTunes backup and begin extracting the relevant files (ChatStorage.sqlite which have your chat history and the accompanying Media folder which holds all the video, audio, and pictures).
3. Hook up your Android phone (the phone where you want to move the Whatsapp history to), to your PC, create a folder called WazzapMigrator under Internal Storage, and copy the ChatStorage.sqlite file and the Media folders over to that newly created folder.
4. Once done, on the same device, buy (yes, as in actually paying for) and install the WazzapMigrator app on the Google Play Store. Once it launches it should auto-detect your copied files and you can hit the Play button to begin converting it to a WhatsApp compatible format (crypt12 files).
5. This is important but varies from one phone to another. Read the How to install WhatsApp 2.18.248 article and make sure you’ve turned off all the relevant things.
6. Once finished, install/side-load the older Whatsapp APK that they have on their site (the WhatsApp_2.8.248.apk file).The need for using an older version is due to newer versions not accepting local backups.
7. If all goes according to plan, you should be able to complete the SMS verification process without getting any messages about your version being outdated or the verification process failing to connect to their servers as it happened for me the first time. Whatsapp should automatically detect the backup files created by WazzapMigrator and restore your chats and history.
8. Once done, inside your Whatsapp, disable the google drive backup and then use the backup option to create a local backup. At this stage, I suggest you copy the entire WhatsApp folder in your device’s root folder to your PC as a backup in case something goes wrong so it won’t get overwritten.
9. Uninstall the existing version of WhatsApp, and download and install the latest one from the Play store. If you’re lucky, by the end of the process, you should have a working latest version with all of your history intact.
Switched to Android device from iPhone?
And I’m pretty sure now you must be facing the issue of transferring WhatsApp data from your iPhone to your new Android device. Well, if this is then. This quick how-to guide is for you.
Recently, my brother shifted to Samsung Galaxy S8 from iPhone 7 and I must say it wasn’t easy for me to successfully transfer all his WhatsApp data to Android. There are a lot of fake paid apps and software available that would do nothing. There’s a lot of content available that’s of no use since it’s outdated. Even I’ve checked on a couple of forums and Quora and got to know hundreds of people do face this issue. So, then I thought why not share the method which worked for me on the blog so that it can help my readers.
So let’s get started.
What are the main issues?
First and foremost, WhatsApp doesn’t have any feature for putting the backup on Google Drive like we’ve on Android platform where you can backup entire WhatsApp data on GDrive and then restore the same on any Android Smartphone. Here on iOS, Only the iCloud Whatsapp backup is available and that’s of no use for migrating WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Android. I hope they’ll integrate the same feature on iOS app too.
You can’t see, extract the iOS backup even it’s not encrypted. You need some third-party iOS backup viewer to do this. While On Android, you just need to plug your device into the computer and just copy the WhatsApp internal data folder to the phone you’re switching.
How to Migrate All WhatsApp Data from iPhone to Android?
Here are quick steps you need to follow to transfer all iOS Whatsapp Data to any Android Device. Click the step to see the complete explanation.
Step 1: First and foremost thing, make a complete backup of your iPhone using iTunes and important thing to note here is, make sure it’s NOT encrypted. If you don’t have iTunes Installed, download it from here. To back up, your iOS device just opens iTunes on your PC or Mac and connect your iOS Device. Follow the onscreen steps if asked like enter your passcode or trust the computer. From Backups at the bottom, select ‘This Computer’, uncheck ‘Encrypt iPhone Backup’ and click Backup Now.
Step 2: Download and install this ‘iBackupViewer’ One of the best and free iTunes Backup Extractor. Here are its download links for Windows | Mac.
Now, you got the iPhone BackUp Viewer, let’s extract the WhatsApp Chat File and Media File from the iPhone Backup you’ve done in step 1.
Step 3: Open ‘iBackUp Viewer’ and it will auto-detect your iPhone Backup. Click the iPhone image shown there and then follow the steps shown in the screenshots.
Follow this video to have a glimpse what exactly you’ve to do in the coming steps.
Click the last icon show in the window to get the WhatsApp backup files.
Search for AppDomainGroup-group.net.whatsapp.WhatsApp.shared and export WhatsApp Chat File that would be with the name of ChatStorage.sqlite.
Now, we need to export the WhatsApp Media File as well that would contain all photos, videos, gifs etc. To do that, just search for AppDomains-net.whatsapp.WhatsApp folder and then go to the subfolder ‘Libray’ and export the Media folder from there.
If you can’t find WhatsApp Media folder in iBackupviewer as shown in the below screenshot, you’ll find it here > AppDomainGroup-group.net.whatsapp.WhatsApp.shared > Message > Media. Select all sub-folders under ‘Media’ OR if you’re unable to select all media files shown under the folder, just go back to the root of main Media folder and just export the complete Media folder itself. If you able to select files then select all of them and click Export all selected. Kindly note, there are two media folders, you need to select the one that’s inside Message Folder.
Woah! Half of the work is done now. Now, you’ve got WhatsApp backup files from your iPhone Backup. Now, as you guessed it right all we need to put them on your Android Smartphone. Here we’ve to use a very nice Android Application that would convert all iOS Whatsapp data into Android.
Before proceeding, completely remove the existing Whatsapp on your Android device.
Step 4: Download and Install ‘WazzapMigrator‘ app on your android device. It’s a paid app, though they have also got the lite version that would not extract the media files so it’s better to support the developer and grab the full version. So, you don’t get any type of issue while data migration. The app only costs around $4.49. In case, you’re facing any issue in getting the Pro version, you can try with getting any crack apk of this but I would never recommend that.
Step 5: Once you install this app on your Android Device, you’ve to move those two WhatsApp files (Chat and Media One) that we’ve got in step 3 in your Internal Storage of your Android Device.
To paste these files, connect your android device to windows or mac and it should show you the Internal Storage if not try Android File Transfer tiny software from Android to do the same.
Where to paste these files?
Once you connect your Android Device to your computer, you’ll see ‘WazzapMigrator folder’ in the internal storage. Just move those two files ChatStorage.sqlite and Media files there.
Open the WazzapMigrator app on your Android Device and it should auto-detect your iPhone backup there now. If not, manually give the path to WhatsApp Backup files. Once it’s done, click the play button there and it’ll start converting all the WhatsApp Data. It may take some time depending on the size of your files.
Last Step 🙂
Whatsapp has released a new version (2.18.260) which doesn’t support restoring from local backups so this in case we need to use the older version (2.18.248) which is currently working. Thanks to Nicola (Developer of WazzappMigrator for this fix). Now, to restore from local backup, all you need to do is:
completely remove the existing Whatsapp on your Android Device.
Disable Whatsapp Google drive backup. To do this, just go to drive.google.com. In the top right, click the gear icon > Settings. On the left, click Manage Apps. Find “WhatsApp” in the list. Note: If your backup is large, WhatsApp might take a few minutes to display. Click Options > Disconnect from Drive or “Delete hidden data”. Please note, once you restore your all Whatsapp data to Android, you can connect it back and back up it to your Google drive. This is just for stopping Whatsapp from automatically backing up from Google Drive.
Disable the auto-updates apps from Google Play settings for a while until you restore your all messages.
Verify your number and it’ll auto-detect the local backup generated by WazzapMigrator App 🙂
Once it’s done. You’ve to install the fresh copy of WhatsApp on your Android Device from Play Store and once you enter and verify your number it will auto-fetch the backup from your WazzapMigrator app. Tap ‘Restore from the backup’ to restore to iPhone backup.
I hope this how-to tutorial has helped you in migrating iPhone Whatsapp Data to Android Device. Do let me know in the comments if you’re facing any issue.
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