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How to Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone in 5 Ways

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If you use WhatsApp as the most common way to communicate with others, you will probably need to perform a WhatsApp transfer when you switch from one iPhone to another. If you do, keep reading and learn how to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone in five workable ways. (Want to migrate Line chats to a new iPhone? Check our previous guide to transfer Line chats to the new iPhone with ease.)

Method 1. How to Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone via WhatsApp iCloud Backup

If you have backed up WhatsApp on iPhone before, you would know that there is a feature in WhatsApp that allows you to back up your WhatsApp chat history and media to iCloud. With the backup, you will be able to restore your chat history and media when you switch to a new iPhone and reinstall the WhatsApp app.

Thus, the default way to transfer WhatsApp to the new iPhone is to back up WhatsApp data from your old iPhone to iCloud and then restore WhatsApp messages to your new iPhone from the backup.

Before you start, there are the preparations you to make:

  • Make sure you have signed in to your iPhone with the Apple ID you use to access iCloud
  • Make sure iCloud Drive is turned on.
  • Make sure there is enough free iCloud space to save the backup

To move WhatsApp to new iPhone:

Step 1. Open WhatsApp on the old iPhone and go to "Settings" > "Chat".

Step 2. Click "Chat Backup" and tap "Back Up Now" to perform a manual backup.

How to back up WhatsApp from iPhone to iCloud

Step 3. When the backup completes, go to your new iPhone to install WhatsApp on the iOS device from the App Store.

Step 4. Set up WhatsApp using the phone number and iCloud account that you used on the source iPhone.

Step 5. Then the "Restore from iCloud" page will appear on your iPhone. Click "Restore Chat History" to start restoring WhatsApp messages and attachments to your new iPhone.

How to restore WhatsApp from iCloud to iPhone

By performing a backup and restore, you can transfer WhatsApp chats to your new device successfully without a wired connection.

Method 2. How to Transfer WhatsApp to New iPhone with iCloud Backup

Method 1 shows you how to transfer WhatsApp Messages to the new iPhone by making a WhatsApp backup in iCloud. If you also want to transfer other data and settings from your previous device to the new phone, using iCloud Backup is a better choice.

An iCloud backup includes almost all the data and settings on your iPhone, like your WhatsApp data, photos, videos, contacts, and more. Thus, if you want to keep everything from your old iPhone onto the new device, using iCloud backup is advisable.

Besides, since you can only restore the WhatsApp backup to your new iPhone during the iPhone setup process, you will need to erase the target iPhone if it has been set up already.

To transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone:

Step 1. On the old iPhone, go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud".

Step 2. Scroll down to choose "iCloud Backup" and toggle on "iCloud Backup".

Step 3. Click "Back Up Now" to make a backup of your iPhone content and wait for the backup to complete.

Step 4. Set up your new iPhone and choose "Restore from iCloud Backup" in the Apps & Data screen to restore WhatsApp from iCloud to the new iPhone.

Step 5. Enter the Apple ID account you use on the old iPhone and choose the backup you just made.

Step 6. Wait until the restore finishes and continue to set up your device.

How to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone via iCloud Backup

Method 3. How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages from iPhone to iPhone Without iCloud

Using iCloud is convenient but there are some requirements you need to meet. For example, you need to use the same account on your devices and make sure there is enough storage in iCloud to save the WhatsApp messages and media.

Given that, many users have the question "How do I transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud?" If you are one of them, you are probably willing to use a third-party WhatsApp transfer tool, like EaseUS MobiMover. It's a free iPhone data transfer tool as well as a WhatsApp transfer, backup & restore tool. With, you can:

If you want to move WhatsApp to new iPhone directly without iCloud, using such a tool is the optimal choice.

To transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhones to your computer using a USB cable, launch EaseUS MobiMover, and choose "WhatsApp" > "Phone to Phone".

Choose WhatsApp backup

Step 2. Check the source iPhone and the target iPhone. If necessary, click the "Switch" button to change the transfer direction. Afterward, click "Transfer" to start transferring WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone.

Transfer WhatsApp - check the devices

Step 3. Wait for the data transfer process to finish. The time it will take depends on the size of the WhatsApp data.

Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone - transfer process

Step 4. When it has done, you can go to the target device to check the WhatsApp messages and attachments.

Transfer WhatsApp - transfer complete

Method 4. How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages to New iPhone Using iTunes

Similar to iCloud backup, iTunes backup also includes almost everything on your iOS device. And you can also transfer WhatsApp chats and attachments from your old iPhone to the new iPhone via an iTunes backup.

To move WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable and wait for iTunes to launch.

Step 2. Click the "Device" icon in the iTunes window and click "Summary".

Step 3. Click "Back Up Now" to start making a backup of your old iPhone.

Step 4. When the backup completes, unplug your old iPhone and connect your new iPhone to the computer instead.

Step 5. Restore your new iPhone from the iTunes backup.

How to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone using iTunes

Method 5. How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages from iPhone to iPhone via Email

The four ways above will transfer all your WhatsApp data from one device to another. If you want to transfer WhatsApp messages selectively, you can export your WhatsApp chats via an email.

To transfer WhatsApp conversations from iPhone to iPhone:

Step 1. Open WhatsApp and tap on "Chats".

Step 2. Find the conversation you want to transfer to the new device.

Step 3. Swipe right to left across the conversation and choose "More".

Step 4. Select "Export Chat" and choose Mail to send the messages.

Step 5. Check the messages from your new iPhone.

How to move WhatsApp to new iPhone via email


Whether you are going to transfer WhatsApp data only or move everything from your previous iPhone to the new one, you now know how to do it. Carry out the way best suited to your needs to transfer WhatsApp to your new iPhone with ease.

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