WhatsApp could soon let users move chats to a different phone number

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Whatsapp Message Hero (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp might soon let users migrate their chats to a different phone number.
  • That's according to the latest information from the app's beta.
  • It comes following news WhatsApp is already working on cross-platform migration.

A new report says that WhatsApp is working on a feature that could let users migrate their conversations to a new phone number, as well as to a different platform as previously thought.

From WABetaInfo:

As explained in a previous article, WhatsApp is finally working on a feature to transfer your WhatsApp chat history to a different platform in a future update for iOS and Android. This feature fixes the "issue" where a user couldn't restore the chat history after buying a device that's not on the same operating system. In fact, it's not possible to restore your chat history from iCloud on WhatsApp for Android, and WhatsApp for iOS cannot restore the backup from Google Drive. WhatsApp is now working on a solution to migrate the chat history: In this case, we showed a screenshot where it's possible to migrate the chat history from WhatsApp for iOS to WhatsApp for Android, but the opposite is possible too.

WhatsApp is now reportedly also working on the possibility of transferring chat history not just across platforms but also to a different phone number.

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Whatsapp Beta (Image credit: WABetaInfo)

As you can see from the screenshot, not only can users move a chat to Android, there is also a different option for transferring to a different phone number. It also indicates that users will be able to move all their WhatsApp media as well as their chat history.

The report says the feature is "under development" on both iOS and Android and will be available in a future update.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9