If you are a regular WhatsApp user who has just got a new iPhone 12, then you might be thinking to move WhatsApp data to iPhone 12 too. Being one of the most popular social and IM apps of the present time, WhatsApp easily lets us move its data from one device to another. Though, there are some restrictions that you should follow. For instance, you should use the same phone number while setting up WhatsApp on the new device.

To make it easier for you, we have handpicked the top 4 ways to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 in a seamless manner. Let’s explore these options to transfer WhatsApp data in detail!

Part 1: Transfer WhatsApp Chats to New iPhone 12 by One Click

If you wish to directly transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12

Apart from that, you can also take a backup of your WhatsApp data or selectively restore it to your iPhone. The app also supports the backup, restore, and transfer of Kik, WeChat, Line, and Viber chats as well.

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  1. To transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone 12, connect your brand new iOS device and the existing iPhone to the system. Also, launch the MobileTrans on it and select the “WhatsApp Transfer” option from its home.
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  3. Under the WhatsApp section of the tool, select the “Transfer WhatsApp Messages” feature to perform a direct transfer of WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12.
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  5. As the interface will provide a snapshot of both the devices, make sure they are marked correctly with iPhone 12 as the target device. If not, you can always use the flip button to correct their position.
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  7. That’s it! Now you can just click on the “Start” button to move WhatsApp to iPhone 12. If you are already using WhatsApp on iPhone 12, then this will erase this existing data from it. You have to agree to a warning prompt stating the same.
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  9. Wait for a few minutes as the application would transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 directly. Just be sure that both the devices are connected until the process is over.
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  11. In the end, when the transfer is completed successfully, you will be notified. Simply remove your iPhone 12, launch WhatsApp, and choose to restore the newly transferred backup content.

To save your time on learning the whole 4 methods, you can check our video tutorial below instead:

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Part 2: Transfer WhatsApp chats from iPhone to new iPhone using iCloud backup

By default, we can link our iCloud account to WhatsApp and maintain its backup on the cloud. Later, we can use the same iCloud account while setting up the device to restore an existing backup. Though, you should know that this will consume a large chunk of space on your iCloud storage. Therefore, you should only try to move WhatsApp to iPhone 12 this way if you have enough free space on your iCloud.

  1. Firstly, unlock your old iPhone and launch WhatsApp on it.
  2. Go to its Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and tap on the “Back Up Now” button to take an immediate backup. Make sure you are already logged-in to your iCloud account beforehand.
  3. There is an option to enable the auto backup feature here for daily, weekly, or monthly frequency. Also, you can choose to include or exclude videos in the backup too.
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  5. After taking backup on your old device, uninstall WhatsApp from it or log-out of your account. Furthermore, install WhatsApp on your new iPhone 12 and make sure you are logged-in to the same iCloud account on the device.
  6. While setting up WhatsApp on iPhone 12, enter the same phone number that was registered before. The application will automatically detect an existing backup for your device. Just tap on the “Restore Chat History” to get back your existing conversations.
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Part 3: Move WhatsApp to iPhone 12 from iTunes backup

Not just iCloud, you can also take the assistance of iTunes as well to backup and restore WhatsApp files. Though, this solution has a major drawback – it would restore the entire backup to your iPhone 12 (including the WhatsApp data). Also, if you are already using your iPhone 12, then its existing data would be wiped off in the process. This is why the technique is mostly not recommended to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone 12.

  1. Connect your device to the system and launch an updated iTunes version on the computer.
  2. Go to its Summary tab and click on the “Backup Now” button to take an immediate backup. Just make sure you are taking a backup on “This Computer” instead of iCloud.
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  4. After the backup is completed, disconnect your device and connect your new iPhone to the system.
  5. Once the device is detected, go to its Summary tab and click on the “Restore Backup” under the Backups option. Select your backup from the available list and restore it to iPhone 12.
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After the backup is restored, you can set up WhatsApp on iPhone 12 using the same number. If you are lucky, WhatsApp will automatically detect the existing backup present on the device. Though, most of the times, users complain of compatibility issues with this method when the iOS version is not the same between these iPhone models.

Part 4: Transfer WhatsApp Chats to iPhone 12 during iPhone setup

This is the least recommended method to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 due to its limitations. Firstly, this solution will only be available while setting up a new iPhone. If you are already using your iPhone 12, then you need to reset the device or simply try another method. Also, it uses iCloud backup and thus will consume a lot of space on your iCloud account. Most of the users do not have the available storage on their iCloud to accommodate WhatsApp backup. Nevertheless, to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone 12 with this solution, follow this simple drill.

  1. To start with, unlock your old iPhone and go to its iCloud settings. Scroll a bit and make sure the WhatsApp sync option is enabled.
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  3. Additionally, go to the Backup feature and turn on the iCloud Backup option from here. Wait for a while and maintain a stable internet connection to complete the backup.
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  5. After when the backup is taken, turn on your iPhone 12 and perform its initial setup. While setting up the device, choose to restore an iCloud backup.
  6. Simply log-in to the same iCloud account where your WhatsApp data is stored and select the most recent backup file.
  7. After when all the data has been restored, launch WhatsApp and link it to the same number. It will automatically detect the existing backup and would allow you to restore it.
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Who knew there could be so many ways to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12? While iCloud will provide a basic solution to move WhatsApp to iPhone 12, it is not always a preferred option. With the assistance of MobileTrans - WhatsApp Transfer, you can directly transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone 12 from an old iOS or Android device. It is equipped with tons of other high-end features and will let you transfer several other app data (like Kik, WeChat, Line, or Viber) from one phone to another in a trouble-free manner.

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