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How to: Transfer iPhone WhatsApp Data to Android In 2018 [Solved]


Switched to Android device from iPhone?

And I’m pretty sure now you must be facing the issue with 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 There’s a lot of content available that’s of no use since it’s outdated.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 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. To back up, your iOS device just open 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’ and then Export all selected.
Screenshot Courtesy: Wazzapmigrator

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.

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.


What Next?

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 🙂

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.

That’s it.

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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  2. Nicola Beghin

    Hi Govind, WazzapMigrator’s developer here! thanks for the detailed tutorial!
    BTW the old whatsapp version is not required anymore with latest wazzapmigrator version.

    For anyone else: feel free to drop a line if you need help!

  3. Govind Choudhary

    Hi Nicola,

    First of all thanks for making such a helpful app, there are thousands of people face this issue while WhatsApp data migration from iOS to Android. And that’s the reason I thought to share a working updated tutorial for this.

    Yes, updated the article regarding the old WhatsApp version.

    Another thing about you that I like the most is you’are available 24×7 to personally help people when they face any issue, I can clearly see on the blog you’re replying to every comment, that’s so nice. Keep doing a good job, Nicola.

  4. Zayn

    Hi, I am unable to locate the Media folder to transfer the whatsapp media files, the media folder is not located in the folder you suggested to look in, the only folders I am able to see within that folder are Backup, Cookies, FieldStats and preferences. I have been able to transfer the chat history file fine but I am just struggling to locate the media folder.

    Thank you

    1. Govind Choudhary

      Hi Zayn,

      Yeah, I got the issue and updated the article. If you didn’t find the WhatsApp Media folder in the old folder, try browsing to this path > AppDomainGroup-group.net.whatsapp.WhatsApp.shared > Message > Media. Select all sub-folders under ‘Media’ and then Export all selected.

      Hope it helps.

  5. Nikhil Manchanda

    Hi Govind.

    Thanks for writing such a detailed article at first.

    In the step below
    Search for AppDomainGroup-group.net.whatsapp.WhatsApp.shared and export WhatsApp Chat File that would be with the name of ChatStorage.sqlite.

    I am not able to locate ChatStorage.sqlite. file,

  6. Govind Choudhary

    Hi Nikhil,

    No problem, it’s a bit lengthy but I want to cover up everything so the readers also understand what’s going on behind the scene.

    Did you take the complete iPhone backup properly in unencrypted form? Can you see the other files of WhatsApp in the backup? Just follow all steps as mentioned, you will see all files there. Even then if you face the issue, ping me up again here.

  7. Gupta

    Hi Govind am also having same problem unable to see ChatStorage.sqlite. file and am using 11.3.1 IOS version can u advice me

  8. R20

    Hi I’m having problem regarding the media file, the media file I have can only see in the AppDomainGroup.whatsapp.shared (sorry didn’t want to type out the whole thing)> Media, I followed your step but Wazzap said I have the wrong file

  9. Lauri Laitinen

    Thank you SOOOOOO much!!! After searching through half the internet I finally found a working solution. I managed to both messages and media without a problem.

  10. Faisal

    Really great app. I successfully backed up on Android. Actually was two different Whats app accounts so had to delete local back ups for my old account from whats app backup folder manually, whihc worked. now running two account on same phone. 🙂 All due to Govind Choudhary. Thumbs up man. 🙂

  11. Adrian

    Hi Govind,

    First and foremost, thank you for such detailed instruction. I am now exporting the media but I too cannot find the Media folder (in both the links given). But I can find hundreds of jpeg files under one of the link. It looks something like below. Should I highlight every single one for export?
    Message/Media/[email protected]/d/e/d/de7e48-104-45xxxxx.jpg

    Do I only export the jpeg, how about other files? (will videos from my whatsapp be exported this way?)

    Also, do I need to create separate folders for ChatStorage.sqlite and all the media jpeg files for importing into Android?

    1. Govind Choudhary

      Hi Andrian,
      No problem.

      Import all sub-folders under Media primary folder that will import all photos, voice notes, and videos. You don’t need to select individual files. Coming to the second question, you don’t need to create a separate folder; all you need to do is copy these two files to your android phone’s Wazzapmigrator folder. Once it copied, run Wazzapmigrator and it will auto-detect the backup.

  12. Adrian

    Hi Govind,

    Thanks, it works! Although some files after export got corrupted but nevertheless, almost all my whatsapp chat and media are now in Android.

    Just to be sure, I can now delete All the files inside my Wazzapmigrator within my Android folder?

  13. Kostas Chiotis

    Thanks for sharing this Govind. Switching from Android to iOS is a nightmare when it comes to data transferring but this App really seems to be a great solution…

  14. Gede Khresna

    Hi, if I may ask, what folder should I Export from iBackup Viewer if I want to restore not only the photos, videos, etc but also want to restore documents that was sent to my iPhone whatsapp? any help, please?

    Thank you very much. hope I can execute the restoration successfully

  15. Govind Choudhary

    Hi Gede,

    Whatsapp Media folder contains everything right from your photos, docs, voice notes, GPS location etc. So, don’t worry you’ll get everything there. In case, you’ve any doubt, comment below and I’ll help you out 🙂

  16. Jason

    Hi, after I install wazzapmigrator on my Android phone(Huawei P20pro) and connect to computer, I can’t find wazzap folder in the internal storage, how do I copy the backup file to wazzap folder?

  17. Atchabarov Munarbek

    Hi Govind!
    Your tutorial is really the best of all throughout the internet. Really appreciate your willingness to help all of us 🙂

    I have only one problem left: while trying to restore backup from Wazzap migrator, my Whatsapp is offering just restoring backup from Google Drive. And not leaving me option to restore backup from Wazzap.
    Thanks in advance!

  18. Shivram Manjunath R

    Thanks a lot for this writeup!
    Been fiddling to get the whatsapp transferred for 2 days.
    Tried dr.fone, but for some reason my laptop gets a BSOD during the conversion phase of the transfer.
    Finally did this and I’ve cloned the entire whatsapp including images and videos.

    I’ve a doubt, may sound noobish – do I need to keep the backup files on my phone(inside the wazzap migrator folder) even after I got it all in whatsapp?

    1. Govind Choudhary

      Hi Shivram,

      I’m just glad it helped you. Initially, the same thing happened to me. I browsed a lot of guides and none was working.

      No, once the restoration is successful you don’t need to keep the files, you can even uninstall Wazzapmigrator.

  19. Anand

    Hello All, similar to whatsapp how to migrate the notes created in iphone to android via this backup viewer.. i have all my notes created in gmail id in iphone..i can extract from backup but not sure where to place under internal storage in android.. thanks in advance..

  20. Prathamesh

    Hey Govind sir

    Is it really possible to transfer all the whats app chat from iphone to android? and does it work for HIKE?

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