How to transfer WhatsApp messages form Android to iPhone without a factory reset

WhatsApp is a popular freeware instant messaging and voice-over-IP service owned by American company Meta Platforms. It allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other content.

That’s great; however, transferring WhatsApp info can be hectic, especially when moving to different phone systems like Android to iOS. 

WhatsApp has made it possible to transfer WhatsApp chats from Android to iPhone via “Move to iOS.” However, this requires users to first do a factory reset on their iPhone, which means they’ll lose all However, “Move to iOS” is known for being unstable, slow, and buggy since when it was released by Apple. Looking at the app rating and reviews of “Move to iOS” on Google Play, there are lots of one-star reviews. However, there is a better method: AnyTrans.

AnyTrans transfers WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone without erasing existing WhatsApp chats. Finally, albums on the Android device are retained even after they’re transferred to an iPhone.

AnyTrans supports all iPhone models running iOS 5 and above, with no iOS 15.5 restriction. With the app, you can merge WhatsApp messages on Android and iPhone into one thread, so users can get started from where they left off.

AnyTrans offers support to transfer WhatsApp messages directly from Android to iPhone or restore WhatsApp backup to iPhone from Google Drive. The whole transfer process is simple, fast, complete, and seamless.

What you need before moving WhatsApp from an Android device to an iPhone

° Make sure that you are using Android OS Lollipop, SDK 21 or above, or Android 5 or above device.

° Your Android phone must have WhatsApp Android version or above installed.

° You have an iPhone with iOS 15.5 or above.

° Your iPhone has WhatsApp iOS version or above installed.

° The iPhone must be brand new or reset to factory defaults.

° Both of your devices must be connected to a power source when transferring.

° Both your iPhone and Android phones must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. 

How to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone with AnyTrans

Step 1. Download AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your Android and iPhone to the computer via USB cables > Click on the “Social Messages Manager” mode.

Step 2. Click on WhatsApp to Device > Then tap on the “Transfer Now” option to go on.

Step 3. Select your Android to be the source phone and your new iPhone to be the target phone > Click on the “Next” button to transfer WhatsApp messages to your new iPhone.

Step 4. Then follow the pop-up instructions in AnyTrans to continue: Backup your WhatsApp on your Android > Install the enhanced version WhatsApp on your Android > Allow access to the Phone Storage in WhatsApp.

Step 5. Log in to your WhatsApp on your Android and Tap the Restore button (this will restore the backup you just made to the current enhanced version of WhatsApp) > Then click Next in AnyTrans.

Step 6. AnyTrans will start to transfer WhatsApp data to your iPhone.

For more details, you can also refer to the guide page for transferring WhatsApp from Android to iPhone.

You can also follow this Video Tutorial to transfer WhatsApp chats from  Android to iPhone with ease: 

Now download AnyTrans on your computer to transfer WhatsApp messages to your new phone:

Additional benefits of AnyTrans

AnyTrans is not only a tool to move WhatsApp info. It can make life much simpler when moving other times of data from an Android device to an iPhone such as photos, messages, contacts, call logs, ringtones, etc.  Compared to the “Move to iOS” app, it offers a faster, more stable, and more flexible experience for Android to iPhone transition. 

AnyTrans covers almost all types of data on found on Android devices. It works well no matter if the iPhone has been set up or not. The app supports all Android device models. And, as mentioned, it won’t erase existing data on your iPhone and automatically skips duplicated content

AnyTrans is also an iPhone manager that will help users save time and effort in many aspects including data backup, making custom ringtones, backup/upgrade/managing iPhone apps, mirroring the iPhone screen to a computer, etc. Especially for those who switch from an Android device an iPhone, an iPhone manager like AnyTrans will help them avoid many troubles before they completely dive into iOS. 

(By the way, check out the feature page of feature page of AnyTrans “Social Message Manager.”)

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.