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3 Ways to Transfer WhatsApp Messages from iPhone to iPhone

So you got a new iPhone X or iPhone 8 (Plus) and want to transfer all your WhatsApp messages to the new device. Save for restoring an iTunes or iCloud backup to the new device, most people are unaware that there are ways to transfer data to the new device without having to restore the new device to factory settings. There are ways that even allow you to select WhatsApp messages you can transfer to the new device.

In this article, we share with you 4 different ways you can get WhatsApp messages from one iPhone to another.

Tip 1. Transfer WhatsApp Between iOS Device via an Auto-Backup

You can use the iCloud auto-backup option to transfer WhatsApp data between iOS devices. The downside of this method is you can’t choose what data gets restored. All data included in the iCloud auto-backup will be restored to the new device.

Follow these simple steps to transfer WhatsApp data to a new phone using an Auto-backup;

Step 1: On the old iPhone go to Settings > iCloud > Backup and then tap on “Back up Now.”

Step 2: When the backup is complete, go the new iPhone and activate it. If you have already activated and set-up the new device, you may need to erase all contents and settings before you can proceed. To do that go to Settings > General > Reset> Erase All Contents and Settings

Step 3: On the set-up screen, follow the instructions until you get to the “Apps & Data” section. Here choose “Restore from iCloud Backup” and then allow for the restore process to be completed.

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Tip 2. Transfer Only WhatsApp from iPhone A to iPhone B without Data Loss

If you want to transfer only the WhatsApp messages from one iPhone to another, you will need a backup and restore tool that allows you to do just that. The only backup and restore tool that is designed to allow to selectively restore only WhatsApp messages is iMyFone D-Port Pro. With this program, you can back up only WhatsApp messages on the first iPhone and restore the same to the second iPhone without data loss.

It can also be used to backup and restore just your Messages, WhatsApp and WeChat data without overwriting the other data on their devices.  

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Back Up WhatsApp Messages

To transfer messages from one iPhone to another, we first need to back up the messages on the first iPhone to the computer using D-Port Pro. Follow these simple steps to do that.

Step 1: Launch D-Port and then connect your iPhone to the computer using USB cables. The program will automatically detect the device. From the “Backup & Export from Device” tab, select the “Back Up WhatsApp” option.

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Step 2: Click “Backup” and D-Port will begin the process automatically. Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete.

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Step 3: When the backup process has finished, you’ll be notified that the WhatsApp messages have been backed up successfully. You can choose to view and export the backup, or restore the backup to another device.  

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Restore WhatsApp Messages from iPhone A to iPhone B

D-Port Pro makes it very easy for you to restore these same messages to the second iPhone. Here’s how:

Step 1: On program’s main window, click “Restore Backup to Device” and you should see a list of all the backups on your computer. Select the WhatsApp backup you just created and click “Next.”

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Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the computer if you haven’t already and allow the program some time to scan the selected backup. You can also preview the data in the backup to make sure it is what you want.

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Step 3: Once you are satisfied with the contents of the backup, click “Restore” and the program will transfer the WhatsApp messages to the connected iPhone.

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Tip 3. Transfer WhatsApp Chat History to New iPhone via iTunes

If you have an iTunes backup of the data on your iPhone, you can also restore the backup to the iPhone and in this way transfer the messages to the other iPhone. Here’s how to do that.

Step 1: Connect the old iPhone to the computer and open iTunes.

Step 2: in iTunes, go to File > Devices > Back Up and wait for the backup process to be completed.

Step 3: Now turn on the new iPhone and connect it to the computer.

Step 4: Open iTunes and then select “Restore from iTunes Backup”.

Step 5: Wait for the process to be completed before unplugging the iPhone to the computer.

Step 6: Login to WhatsApp on the new device with your phone number.

Step 7: When prompted to restore your previous chats, tap “OK” and all your conversations will be restored on the new device.

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Whichever of the four methods you choose, you should be able to easily transfer WhatsApp messages from one iPhone to another.  D-Port Pro however, provides the best chance to transfer data from one iPhone to another by simply backing up and restoring the data. You can even choose to restore a partial backup to the device something iTunes and iCloud lack.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. We’d love to hear which method worked best for you.