How do I move my chat history over to my new Android phone?

You can transfer your chat history over to your new Android phone by transferring your local backup or restoring your backup from Google Drive. Local backup refers to the automatic backup of your chat history to your phone's WhatsApp folder that occurs daily every 2AM. This folder is located in your device's internal memory or external SD card. Google Drive backup, if activated, refers to the saving of your messages and media to your personal Google Drive account.

Transferring via local backup

Quick steps
  1. Back up your chats on your old phone.
    • Go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Chats and calls > Back up chats.
  2. Transfer your external SD card to your new phone if your WhatsApp/Database folder is located in your external SD card.
    • Please see the detailed steps section below if your WhatsApp folder is located in your device's internal memory.
  3. Install WhatsApp on your new phone.
  4. Verify the same phone number in WhatsApp that you had when you backed up your chats.
  5. Click Restore when prompted to restore your message history.

Detailed steps

To transfer local backup from one Android phone to another, please follow these steps:

  1. To start, manually back up your most recent chats.
    • Go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Chats and calls > Back up chats.
  2. Next, transfer this backup to your new Android phone.
    • If your phone has an external SD card, take the SD card out of your old phone, and put it into your new one.
    • For phones that have an internal memory or internal SD card (like most Samsung devices), you will need to transfer the /sdcard/WhatsApp/ folder from your old phone to the same folder on your new phone. There are a couple of ways you can do this. You can use a file explorer or even transfer the backup files to your computer.
    • Please note that it is possible to be missing some files during the transfer. Please double check to make sure all the files you wish to transfer over to your new phone are included in the backup.
    • If you are unsure about what kind of SD card you have, we recommend checking your phone's specifications on your phone manufacturer's website.
  3. Once you have safely transferred your backup, you can install WhatsApp on your new Android phone.
  4. During the installation process, WhatsApp will automatically find your backup and ask you if you would like to restore it. Once restored, your old chats will appear on your new phone.

Transferring via Google Drive

  1. Manually back up your chats to Google Drive on your old phone.
    • Go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup > Back Up.
  2. Add the same Google account to the new phone that was used to perform the backup on your old phone. Also make sure you are using the same phone number in the new phone.
  3. Install WhatsApp on your new phone.
  4. After verifying the same phone number used to perform the backup on the old phone, you will be prompted to restore your messages and media from Google Drive.
  5. After the restoration process is complete, tap on Next and your chats will be displayed once initialization is complete.
  6. After restoring your chats, WhatsApp will begin restoring your media files.

Note: You cannot restore chat history from any other phone type to Android, or from Android to another phone type.

Having problems with phone number verification? Check out this article.

Cheers,
WhatsApp Support Team