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I have an Android phone with WhatsApp installed on it. I want to move this Sim-Card to an iPhone and installing WhatsApp on it.

Is it possible to backup/transfer/restore the history over to iOS?

I saw that there are third party apps. So it seems it should work.

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    Are the any news on this? There are paid and dubious applications on the internet which claim they can make that happen. Are there any open source / scripts available which do this transformation? – theomega Mar 31 '16 at 12:27
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Quoting Quora user Julio Cesar Sanchez Hernandez:

The only free way I’ve found is using watoi:

It requires a mac with Xcode and iTunes, and the unencrypted msgstore.db with the Whatsapp conversations from Android (you can get it using WhatsApp Key/DB Extractor)

Won’t give much more details as the watoi project link has a README with the instructions and are easy to follow

Watoi has two limitations though, per its github page:

  • Media files and shared locations are not imported (got placeholders instead)
  • Messages from contacts that changed ids (phone numbers) are not linked
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From the WhatsApp FAQ it looks like it is unfortunately not possible.

Also there is info on the website saying:

Your WhatsApp messages are automatically backed up and saved on your phone's memory daily.

So that must mean that it is saved in the application sandbox on iOS - therefore there would have to be an in-app mechanism to import the data, which seems to be lacking as the only feature close to this matter is Archive All Conversations - one way only.

  • Can anyone quote the relevant piece from the Whatsapp FAQ? The link currently results in full list of topics, not a specific article. – yurkennis Nov 27 '17 at 19:15

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