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Transfer WhatsApp from one iPhone to another

If you use the instant messaging app WhatsApp, you may want to transfer your data from one iPhone to another. You might want to do this if you need to switch to another iPhone and retain your old chats so you can use them on the second phone.

iMazing can do this by exporting the app's data from a backup, then importing it to the new phone. It's easy, and it's only a few clicks.

Here's how transfer WhatsApp data from one iPhone to another:

  1. Download and install iMazing. Launch the app, and connect your device to your Mac or PC.
  2. Select your device in iMazing's sidebar, then back it up.
  3. When the backup has completed, click your device in iMazing's sidebar and click Apps.
  4. Click WhatsApp in the app list to select it, then click "Manage Apps" and then "Extract App".
  5. iMazing extracts your WhatsApp chats from the app's data and saves them in a file (.imazingapp).
  6. Connect the other device, to which you want to transfer the data.
  7. Install WhatsApp on this other device from the App Store.
  8. Click the device in the iMazing sidebar, then click Apps.
  9. Select "Manage Apps" then click "Restore App". Once your WhatsApp data copied to the second iPhone, your device will reboot.
  10. After your device has restarted, you'll find your chat history in WhatsApp.

💡 Tip: To export app data, iMazing needs to make a full backup of your device. If you haven't done this in step 2 above, iMazing will back up the device after you tell it to copy the WhatsApp data to your computer. This may take a while, so please be patient.

Transfer WhatsApp from One iPhone to Another


Before you begin

Download and install iMazing on your Mac or PC computer

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1. Launch iMazing on your computer and connect your device.

Download and install iMazing. Launch the app, and connect your device to your Mac or PC.

2. Select your device in the iMazing's sidebar, then click Back Up.

Select your device in the sidebar, then click Back Up. If this is the first time you back up your device, you’ll want to choose a location, then choose backup settings. See this article for more about how to back up your device with iMazing.

3. Select your device and click Apps.

When the backup has completed, click your device in iMazing's sidebar and click Apps. You'll see all the apps on your iPhone in the main section of the iMazing window. You can view these apps in Icon View, List View, or Column View; choose which view you prefer by clicking the View Options button.

4. Select WhatsApp, then copy its data to your computer.

Click WhatsApp in the app list to select it, click "Manage Apps" and then "Extract App". iMazing displays a dialog asking you to select a location for the data to be saved. Pick a folder, then click Choose.

Transfer WhatsApp from One iPhone to Another

5. iMazing extracts the data from WhatsApp and saves it.

iMazing extracts your WhatsApp chats from the app's data and saves them in a file. The file will be named something like WhatsApp 2.17.31.imazingapp, where the numbers correspond to the app's version number. You can check the folder you selected in the previous step to make sure the file has been saved.

6. Connect the other iPhone to your computer.

Disconnect the iPhone from your computer and connect the other device, the one to which you want to transfer the data. Launch iMazing if it's not still running.

7. Download and Install WhatsApp from the App Store on the other iPhone

If it's not already installed, go to this App Store app on your device, search WhatsApp and install it. Please note: you don't need to launch it.

8. Click the iPhone in the iMazing sidebar, then click Apps.

Click the second device in the iMazing sidebar, then click Apps. As before, you'll see all the apps on the device.

9. Copy your WhatsApp data to the second iPhone.

Click "Manage Apps" and then "Restore App"; iMazing displays a dialog asking you to select the file you want to copy. Select the file you saved earlier (WhatsApp x.x.x.imazingapp), then click Select.

How to transfer WhatsApp from One iPhone to Another

iMazing will ask you to confirm that you want to copy this data and will back up the device if it's not already backed up. At the end of the restore it will also need to restart your device. Click Continue to go ahead with the process.

10. After your device has restarted, you'll find your chat history in WhatsApp.

After your iPhone has restarted, check WhatsApp; you'll find your chat history just as it was on the first iPhone.

Going further

If you want to transfer all your data to a new phone

If you want to transfer your all your data to a new phone, iMazing's Transfer to Another Device feature is the best way to go. You probably have data in a number of apps that you want to transfer, so you can transfer all your app data and settings at once. See our article: How to transfer data from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to another device to learn how to do this with iMazing.





kirk

Updated 21 Jun, 2016

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