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5 Methods - Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone

Written By Axel Nash |

I am switching to the new iPhone 13 from my old Samsung phone, but I fear losing my precious WhatsApp messages when transferring from Android to iOS. Can anyone help?

As a widely-used chat platform, WhatsApp carries most of your precious memories. So, when changing phones, figuring out how to transfer WhatsApp data from Android to iPhone would be the first thing that popped into your head.

Unfortunately, there is no official way to move WhatsApp from Android to iPhone. But worry less, we rounded up five different methods to transfer WhatsApp to your new iPhone. Read on to find the one that suits your needs.

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Method 1: Transfer WhatsApp Data from Android to iPhone 13 Directly [Best Choice]

Without an official way provided by Apple or WhatsApp, migrating WhatsApp cross-platform seems complicated. Thankfully, you can always count on MobileTrans.

As one of the best programs to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone, MobileTrans makes the transfer process quite simple for non-tech savvy people, and you don't even need to backup WhatsApp first. Furthermore, it can do more than just WhatsApp transfer. Find out the key features below:

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Let's find out how to transfer WhatsApp messages to the new iPhone 11/12/13:

  • Step 1: Connect both your old Samsung device and iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
  • Step 2: Install and launch the MobileTrans on your Windows or Mac, and choose "WhatsApp Transfer" from the provided options to proceed.

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  • Step 3: The application will automatically detect both the connected devices and would mark them as either source or destination. If their placement is wrong, click on the "Flip" button.

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  • Step 4: Click on the "Start" button to begin the WhatsApp transfer process. If you have been using WhatsApp on your iPhone, you can choose to keep the existing data or not first.
  • Step 5: All you need to do now is wait for the process completes, just a few minutes. And do not disconnect your phones until the process is completed.

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Now, when you would launch WhatsApp on your iPhone, it will automatically detect the newly transferred data and will let you restore it to your iOS device.

If you're tired of reading the text guide, you can learn the video tutorial below:

Method 2: Move WhatsApp from Android to iOS with Backup

If you haven't got your new iPhone yet, you can back up WhatsApp chat history first and restore your WhatsApp backup to your iPhone later. MobileTrans is also a handy tool for you to backup and restore WhatsApp.

Here are the steps on how to move WhatsApp chats and data from Android to iOS with backup.

Step 1: Connect your old Android device, for example, Samsung S10, to your computer with a USB cable.

Step 2: Launch MobileTrans, select the Backup & Restore module, and then hit on the Backup button from App Backup & Restore to continue.

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Step 3: Choose backup WhatsApp and click on the Start button to start the backup process.

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Step 4: MobileTrans would finish the process after a few minutes.

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Note: After backup, you can also view your WhatsApp backup files and export the important WhatsApp chats to your PC as HTML or PDF files.

When your new iPhone arrives, you can restore your WhatsApp to iPhone:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone 13 to the computer via Lightning cable.

Step 2: Open MobileTrans on your PC, choose the Backup & Restore feature first and click on Restore from App Backup & Restore.

Step 3: Choose your latest WhatsApp Backup and restore it on your iPhone.

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Method 3: Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone 13 without PC

If you do not want to transfer WhatsApp through the computer. You can try to use the app - Wutsapper. You can download it from Google Play.

Wutsapper supports transferring WhatsApp data from Android to iPhone 13 without a computer. All you need to prepare are two phones and one OTG cable or USB-C to Lightning Cable, and then open Wutsapper to transfer it!

Now, we will show you how to transfer WhatsApp Chats from Android to iPhone 13 without a PC:

Step 1: When you download Wutsapper from Google Play. And then. open it.

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Step 2: The app will check if your phone has WhatsApp backup. if not, Wutsapper will show you how to backup your WhatsApp on your phone. Do not forget to prepare an OTG or USB-C to Lightning Cable.

Here is a OTG cable.

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Step 3: When you connect the two phones with OTG cable, click “Trust” on both phones and enter your phone number. The phone number must be the one that logged in to your backup WhatsApp.

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Then, you can start to transfer! Wutsapper will parse your WhatsApp backup firstly. Please wait a moment.

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Step 4: Parsing completed! Click “ start” to transfer your WhatsApp and wait for a while.

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Transfer completed!

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Method 4: Migrate WhatsApp from Android to iPhone 13 via Email Chat

While you can’t directly transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone by taking its backup, there is something else that you can do. WhatsApp lets us email dedicated conversations to any contact. In this way, you can email some selected chats to yourself and maintain their backup.

Although this will not let you restore the same chats to WhatsApp, you can access them on your new iPhone. Here’s how you can transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone by this essential feature.

Steps to transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone 13 via Email chat:

  1. Launch WhatsApp and open any conversation you wish to save.
  2. Tap on the More option (the three-dot or hamburger icon) on the top and choose Email Conversation.
  3. Select to include or exclude the attached media files. Mostly, it is recommended to exclude it since email servers have 20 MB as their mail limit.
  4. This will open the native Gmail compose interface with a text file attached having your WhatsApp chats. Enter your email id or save it as drafts.
  5. Later, you can access the same email account on your iPhone 13 and download your chats to check.


Please note that you can only view your chats on iPhone 13 as a text file, and they would not be available on WhatsApp the usual way. Also, this method is only recommended to save a handful of conversations and not to move the entire WhatsApp data.

Method 5: Transfer WhatsApp Chats to New iPhone with a New Phone Number

If you are changing your phone number while making a switch, then WhatsApp has got you covered. A lot of people fear that they will no longer be able to access their backup by changing their number. Needless to say, to restore our previous WhatsApp backup, we need to enter the same phone number. Therefore, you can do this simple trick to transfer your WhatsApp data while switching numbers.

Steps to transfer WhatsApp chats via changing account feature:

  1. Firstly, change the SIM card on your Android and connect your new SIM. Make sure that both the numbers are active as of now.
  2. Now, launch WhatsApp and go to its Settings > Account > Change Number. Tap on the “Next” button.
  3. Enter your existing and new phone numbers and continue.
  4. You will receive a unique code and verify it.


Later, you can take a backup on local storage from your new number and move it to the iPhone. Just make sure you use the same new SIM on your iPhone as well.

Bonus Tips: What You Should Know Before Moving WhatsApp from Android to iPhone?

Expert tips that would further help you transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone.

  • Even though you can’t directly restore Android backup on iPhone, it is better to maintain a backup nevertheless. This will make sure that you always have a copy of your WhatsApp chats. Later, you can use a WhatsApp backup extractor to view your chats on a system.
  • The local backup of WhatsApp chats is saved on the device’s storage > WhatsApp > Database. If you want, you can access this file whenever you want and move it to any other storage.
  • While there are a few tools that can transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone 13 directly, only a handful of them (like MobileTrans) are genuine. Make sure you read the user review of these tools before giving them a try.
  • Make sure that you are using the same phone number on both devices. If not, then use the change number feature of WhatsApp beforehand.


1. Can We Transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone 13 via Google Drive Backup?

This is something that a lot of people ask who wish to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone. In a nutshell – no, you can’t. Let’s explore why this cross-platform solution won’t work.

It is a common misconception that we can transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone. If you have an Android device, then you can go to its Settings > Chats > Chat Backup and save your WhatsApp data on Google Drive or the local storage.


If you want, you can even access the exact backup file from the local storage as well. Though, there is no feasible way to move this to your new iPhone, as iPhone stores WhatsApp backups on iCloud. So the encoding on both devices is different. Yet the Move to iOS app does not support the transfer of WhatsApp data presently.

That is why there is no native solution to take WhatsApp backup on Android and later restore it on iPhone. However, you can restore WhatsApp from Google Drive to iPhone with the help of MobileTrans.

2. Will I lose my WhatsApp conversations if I change from Android to iPhone?

Here you can answer the question yourself. You will not lose your WhatsApp chat history when changing to a different type of phone. You can use any of the methods above to do the job for you. And we recommend you give MobileTrans a try.


This brings us to the end of this extensive guide on how to transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone. As you can see, the native solution would not yield the expected results to move your WhatsApp data. On the other hand, MobileTrans - WhatsApp Transfer proves to be the perfect solution to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone directly. Also, it can be used to transfer Kik, Line, WeChat, WhatsApp Business and GBWhatsAPP chats as well.

Therefore, you can keep the tool handy as it would help you transfer your important social content and chats from one device to another in a trouble-free manner.

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