WhatsApp beta, transferring chats between Android devices without Google Drive

whatsapp beta, transferring chats between android devices without google drive
whatsapp beta, transferring chats between android devices without google drive


Even if transferring WhatsApp chats from one smartphone to another has been possible for some time now, both between Android devices and between Android and iOS it is always necessary, at least in the first case, make a backup on Google Drive first to be restored on the new smartphone. In the second case, you don’t need the backup but the Switch to iOS app.

Whatsapp, however, is working on a new method of transferring all chat history without necessarily having to back up to Google Drive, even easier and faster. This feature has already been in development for several months; the first traces were found at the beginning of the year in beta version of Whatsapp for Android.


With the beta version, also for Android, the chat transfer function has finally been activated, even if only for some beta testers. To use it, you will need to go to the chat options, in the app settings. “Chat Transfer” will be present in the backup and history functions. After selecting the option, just scan a QR code from another Android device and the migration process will start.


This function will certainly be much simpler and more immediate given that, if it has never been performed before, a backup to Google Drive can often take a long time to complete, especially if your chat history is very large or if, for some reason, you don’t have a fast connection.


This QR code scanning transfer function, as mentioned, it will work exclusively through Android devices. At the moment it would seem very difficult that it will also be extended to iOS in the future even if it cannot be completely excluded. The feature is still in beta and not available to everyone also by installing version, available on Google Play.

As happened with other functions, WhatsApp very often gradually releases new features and then makes them available to all beta testers. Only when development is finished is the feature made public. This approach helps WhatsApp identify and take action to fix any bugs. Obviously, being a function still under development, it cannot be ruled out that it can be set aside if satisfactory results are not achieved.

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