According to a report, WhatsApp is working on a way to allow users to transfer their chat history when switching to a new phone with a different phone number. The new feature appears to be an expansion of the ability to transfer WhatsApp chat history from one device to another — from Android to iOS and vice versa — via a Chat History Migration tool, which is currently in beta.
According to WABetaInfo, a WhatsApp beta-tracking site, WhatsApp is testing an updated Chat History Migration tool that would allow users to transfer their chat history to not only a new device or a different platform, but also a new device with a different phone number. So, for example, if you’re switching from an existing Android phone to a new iPhone and having a new number, the feature will still help you to transfer your chats.
Users can currently change their phone number without losing any chats on WhatsApp. If you’re switching to a new device or phone number, you can also transfer your chat history. However, in this case, the new device should be built on the same platform as your old one. This means that if you switch between two iPhone or two android models, you will be able to transfer your chat history. However, WhatsApp does not support transferring chats between Android and iPhone, which the messaging app hopes to change with its Chat History Migration tool.
According to a screenshot shared by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp may have a link that allows you to transfer your chat history when switching devices and phone numbers. It is important to note, however, that users will only have the option of migrating their chats when they sign in to their WhatsApp account on the new phone for the first time, not later. In addition to transferring chats, the tool could be used to migrate WhatsApp media from one device to another.
According to WABetaInfo, the feature is currently in development on both WhatsApp for Android and WhatsApp for iPhone. Last month, a couple of references to the Chat History Migration tool were also discovered. There are no details on when it will be available to users, even if it is in beta testing.