Switch from iOS to Android 12 and Transfer WhatsApp Conversations

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It can be daunting to switch operating systems and platforms, whether on a computer or a smartphone. Google has added an ability to make the whole process easier on Android 12 when switching from iOS. Now you can easily transfer all your messages to an Android 12 phone, even your WhatsApp conversations.

Transferring WhatsApp Conversations to Android 12

With the recent Android 12 release, Google said, “We want to make this process easier,” of switching from an iPhone to an Android phone. Google added an ability to transfer all important information by connecting your existing iPhone to a new Android with a USB-C-to-Lightning cable.

Once you give your permission, “Android matches and installs the same apps from Google Play.” It also allows you to transfer your SMS and iMessage chat history. This is in addition to your photos, videos, contacts, calendars, and more.

Android 12 Whatsapp Transfer

Once you connect the two phones, you’ll be prompted during the setup process to scan a QR code with your iPhone. This launches WhatsApp on your new Android phone.

Google said its team worked “hand-in-hand with WhatsApp to ensure your data remains protected throughout the transfer process” to your Android phone. The goal is to ensure “no one else can ever access your WhatsApp information and files.”

Your entire WhatsApp chat history will copy from your iPhone to your new Android. Throughout the process, receiving new messages is halted to be sure new messages aren’t received during the transfer.


At this point, the option to safely transfer WhatsApp conversations and other information and files from iOS isn’t available for all Android 12 devices. It’s limited to Samsung Galaxy devices and all Pixel phones. However, there are plans for it to eventually be available on all new Android 12 phones.

Android 12 Whatsapp Phone

The goal, according to Google, is that you “never lose what’s most important to you when making the switch.”

Google further claims, “There’s never been a better time to switch to Android.”

This, of course, puts the onus on Apple to apply a similar easy process to transfer in the reverse: from Android to iOS. But it could even be something already in the works, as we’re working in an age that allows you to use Android apps on Windows and iOS on macOS. Then again, there is bad blood between WhatsApp’s parent company, Facebook, and Apple.

If you’re looking for a way to do that now, however, read our iCareFone Transfer review to learn how to transfer from Android to iOS and WhatsApp’s plans to devise a method to transfer from Android to iOS.

Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

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