How to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone

Updated on April 29,2021

Every year with the new iPhone release, people are switching from an Android-based device to an iOS system. If this is the case with you, then you might need to transfer all your data to a new device, including WhatsApp messages. How to do that?

The good thing, even though you are changing the phone type, you will still be able to have your WhatsApp phone number, profile picture, about, individual and group chats, and settings. It is not as easy as transferring data from one Android to another, but luckily there are several easy enough ways to do it.

Here, we will present to you some of those ways. The first way is using Backuptrans app.

What You’ll Need?

You’ll need to prepare a few things first:

  • Download and install the newest version of iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.
  • Install the latest Windows drivers on your Android phone. They typically get installed automatically when you connect your smartphone to your PC.
  • your Android phone should be rooted. If your phone is not rooted, have a look at our Android root guide.
  • Install WhatsApp on your iPhone.


Step 1: Download and Install the Backuptrans WhatsApp Transfer Tool – the installation itself should not take more than 5 minutes. After the app is installed, do not run it yet. Go to Step 2.


Step 2: Backup All the WhatsApp Messages on Your Android Phone

  • Settings Menu
  • Chat Settings
  • Backup chats

How to transfer WhatsApp from Android to iPhone

  • Your chats will be saved on your SD card


Step 3: Enable USB Debugging on Your Android Phone

  1. Go to Settings on your Android phone
  2. Choose Developer Options section
  3. Make sure the box next to USB Debugging is checked.

How to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone

Step 4: Connect Your Android phone to Your PC or Mac

  • Use the USB cable to connect your smartphone to a computer
  • Run the Backuptrans Android WhatsApp to iPhone Transfer tool you downloaded in Step 1.
  • When you start the tool, it will automatically install Backuptrans WA Sync on your phone.
  • If your phone is rooted, you may be asked to authorize this step, which you should accept.

Now that your phone’s drivers are correctly installed on your computer, the software will automatically detect the phone and your WhatsApp messages will be automatically loaded into the software. If this does not happen, you must root your Android phone and start again.

Step 5: Backup Your Chats Using the Software

  • Click the backup icon in the top-left corner.
  • You can leave the database name unchanged and click confirm. The chats are now backed up on your computer.
  • Note: The trial version of this software allows you to transfer up to 20 messages.


Step 6: Final Step – Transferring the chats to iPhone

  • Connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac.
  • Your iPhone should be detected automatically.
  • You can choose to send the whole database or manually select which chats you want to transfer.
  • To transfer the whole database, simply right-click on it and choose “Transfer messages from database to iPhone”.

Another way to transfer your WhatsApp chat from an Android device to iPhone is via email.

We will go step by step with you through this procedure.

  • Open WhatsApp on your Android device
  • Go to “Settings” – “Chat Settings”
  • Tap “Chat history”

How to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone

  • Tap “Export chats”
  • You will be able to choose which chats you want to export (you can select all or just some of them)
  • After you’ve selected everything, choose the email (or Gmail) option
  • Open the inbox of this email on your iPhone device
  • You will be able to see your data on your iPhone now.

You have the option to use PhoneTrans app – you can use it to transfer data from phone to phone. Luckily, the app allows transferring between two different phone software, so you can use it to transfer your data from an Android device to an iPhone.

The link to download this app you can find here:

The app can be downloaded to any device – Mac or Windows-based. The steps are similar to the Backuptrans app we have already explained. You need to have your PC or Mac device ready, as well as both Android and iPhone. The app allows you to transfer chats without using iTunes.

Using this app, you can also transfer Viber data.

After you install the app on your PC or Mac, you will be able to choose between WhatsApp, Viber, and Line transfer.

  • Choose Quick Transfer
  • Backup your Android phone – full backup

How to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone

  • After the backup is completed, you will be able to choose the app
  • Choose WhatsApp transfer

How to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone

  • Make sure that the targeted device (iPhone, iPad) has WhatsApp installed already
  • Click “Start Transfer”
  • Choose chats you want to transfer (the app supports transferring chat history, pictures, videos, files).

After the transfer is finished, you are good to go! Open WhatsApp on your iPhone device and you will see all your chats.

If you wish not to use your PC or Mac to do the transfer, there is an option to do it only with your phone. Go to Google PlayStore and download Wutsapper using the link provided below.

What do you need for the transfer? Your Android and iPhone device and OTG cable.

  • Download Wutsapper from the Google PlayStore
  • The app will verify if you have WhatsApp backup, and if not, will give you a guide how to do it
  • Connect your phones with an OTG cable
  • Click “Trust” on both devices
  • The app will parse your WhatsApp backup
  • After the parsing is completed, click “Start”

How to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone

  • After everything is done, you will see the message “Transfer completed”

Now, everything is set up, you can disconnect the OTG cable and check your WhatsApp chats on your iPhone device!

If you have any other idea how to do the transfer of WhatsApp chat from an Android to an iPhone, you can let us know!

Editors’ Recommendation

  1. hemant kumar arya says

    Great info.
    This is really awesome, now we can transfer whatsapp chat from iphone to android.
    Thank you

    1. Srinivas P says

      can i transfer WhatsApp chat from android to IPHONE 5S with this or any other tool is available? Which iphone have you transferred to?

  2. PhilKenSebben says

    Unless you want to spend $35 buying the software so you can upload more than 5 messages, do not waste your time on this article.

    1. Srinivas P says

      does it work if i want to transfer to iphone 5s?

  3. Paul Taylor says

    This software is not free. It is free for a crippled version. Please correct the article as it is factually incorrect.

  4. AngelinaJolie says

    Thanks for information. But I also found RecoveryTool Phone Transfer can solve this kind of problem. And it’s one of the best method.

    1. Srinivas P says

      can i transfer WhatsApp chat from android to IPHONE 5S with this or any other tool is available?

  5. Stealthboy Mk II FNV says

    “It’s free and requires either a Windows or Mac computer.” This is as good as false advertising and to scam users who are looking for a free solution into buying a NOT-FREE software.

    1. Srinivas P says

      can i transfer WhatsApp chat from android to IPHONE 5S with this or any other tool is available?

  6. renna says

    For data transfer between two phones, you can use professional data transfer tool, it is not possible to transfer data between different operation systems. Some professional transfer programs allow you to share data between android phones, or android and iphone without limitations of different operation systems. Have a try of Mobikin.

  7. jdizzl says

    20 messages? eek… I was trying to transfer like 20,000 messages…ugh.

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  9. Techturfofficial says

    Cerca Trova

  10. Jack King says

    I’m having the same dilemma. Thanks for this article, it answered my questions.

  11. Suraj Padamsali says

    I recently switched from Galaxy S7 to iPhone X. And I transferred all of my data including photo, videos, SMS, WhatsApp chat, and contacts with the help of “dr.fone” software.

  12. eldefrida says

    Great of this. Also here is an easy way to backup & restore iPhone whatsapp chat history on a computer

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