As one of the most popular social media and instant messaging apps, WhatsApp is useful because of its very many useful features. If you are a regular WhatsApp user, there first thing you will think about when you purchase the new iPhone Xs/Xr/Xs Max is how to get your WhatsApp data from old iPhone to the new one.

Most people think that they can only do that by restoring backup to the device. The truth is, as this article will clearly show, there are several potentially effective ways to transfer WhatsApp to a new iPhone Xs/XR/XS Max.

1.Transfer All WhatsApp Data to iPhone XS/XR/XS Max with Data Transfer Tool

It is perhaps the best way to transfer your WhatsApp data from your old iPhone to the new one.iTransor for WhatsApp, as a transfer and backup/restore tool for WhatsApp that can allow you to transfer only WhatsApp data from one device to another. It will not only allow you to transfer the messages but also the audio messages, videos and photos in WhatsApp conversations. The following are just some of this program's key features:

  • Simply transfer WhatsApp chat history to new iPhone in inly 3 steps.
  • You can use it to back up WhatsApp data and all the attachments on your computer for free.
  • You can use this tool to restore WhatsApp data from the iMyFone backups without the risk of data loss on the targeted device.
  • It supports all iPhone models and all versions of iOS including iOS 13 and the new iPhone 11/Xs/Xr/Xs Max.

Steps to Transfer WhatsApp Data to iPhone Xs/Xr/Xs Max with iTransor for WhatsApp

To transfer WhatsApp data to your new iPhone using iTransor for WhatsApp, install it on to your computer and then follow these simple steps;

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Step 1: Launch the program and on the main window, click on "Transfer WhatsApp between Devices". Connect your device and the new iPhone. Then click on "Transfer" after the connection.

choose transfer whatsapp between devices

Step 2: In the next window, the transferring process will begin. All the WhatsApp messages will be transferred to new iPhone after that.

transfer whatsapp from iphone to android finished

2. Transfer WhatsApp to iPhone 11/Xs/Xr/Xs Max by WhatsApp Itself

WhatsApp allows you to be able to back up and restore WhatsApp messages directly within the app. Here's how to do it;

Step 1: in WhatsApp on old iPhone, go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > Back Up Now to make sure that you have a backup of the chats on the device.

Step 2: If you have installed WhatsApp on your new iPhone Xs/Xr/Xs Max, you need to delete the WhatsApp application. You can do that by simply tapping and holding on the icon and tapping on the "X" that appears next to it.

Step 3: Now install WhatsApp on the new iPhone from the App Store. Accept the terms and conditions to begin the installation process and then launch the Application. You may be prompted to allow push notifications while installing the device.

Step 4: Verify your phone number and other details to complete the installation process. Once the app is fully installed on your device, click on "Restore chat history" to begin restoring the chat backup to the new device.

All messages will be restored to their original location and you can now view the messages in WhatsApp on your new iPhone.

Disadvantages of Using This Method

There are two major disadvantages with using this method to transfer WhatsApp to a new device. They are;

  • You can only transfer WhatsApp textual messages only but not multi-media data like videos, audios and photos.
  • You will also need to delete and reinstall the WhatsApp application which can be very inconvenient.

3. Transfer WhatsApp to iPhone Xs/Xr/Xs Max by iCloud

You could also use iCloud to back up the old iPhone and then restore the backup to the new iPhone. The following is a step by step guide to help you do that;

Step 1: Connect the old iPhone to a Wi-Fi network and then go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Ensure iCloud Backup is turned on and then click on "Back Up Now."

Step 2: Keep the device connected to the Wi-Fi network until the backup process is complete.

backup data with icloud

Now follow these simple steps to restore it to the new iPhone;

Step 1: Turn on the device to get to the "Hello Screen." If you had already set up the device, erase it from Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to get to this screen.

Step 2: Join a Wi-Fi network and when you get to the "Apps & Data" screen, select "Restore from iCloud Backup."

Step 3: Sign in to iCloud and choose a backup. Wait for the process to be completed.

Restore from iCloud Backup

Disadvantages of Using This Method

There are however a few disadvantages of using iCloud to backup and restore WhatsApp messages. The following are just some of them;

  • You cannot choose to transfer only WhatsApp data only but you have to backup and restore the entire device.
  • There are also a lot of errors associated with restoring a device via iCloud. For example, iCloud backup restore stuck often during the process.
  • On the free account, iCloud users only get 5GB of storage which may not be enough to backup an old iPhone.

4. Transfer WhatsApp to New iPhone Xs/Xr/Xs Max by iTunes

The final way you can transfer WhatsApp to a new iPhone is via iTunes. To do that, you will need to create a backup of the data on your old device and restore it to the new device. Here's a step-by-step process to do it;

Step 1: Connect the old iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes. You may also want to make sure that you are running the latest version of iTunes to avoid any errors during the process.

Step 2: When the device appears in iTunes, select the iPhone and click "Back up Now."

backup data with itunes

Step 3: Turn on the new iPhone. You should see the "Hello" screen. You may need to erase the device if you have already set it up. To do that, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings."

Step 4: Follow the steps until you get to the Apps & Data Screen and choose "Restore from iTunes Backup."

Step 5: Now connect the new device to iTunes. Select it when it appears in iTunes.

Step 6: Choose "Restore Backup" and select the backup that we created earlier. Keep the device connected until the process is complete.

restore from iTunes backup

Disadvantages of Using This Method

Much like using iCloud, this method also has its own disadvantages. The following are just some of them;

  • You can't selectively transfer WhatsApp data only. You can only restore all the data to the device, or you get nothing from the iTunes backup.
  • You may also have to deal with too many iTunes backup and restore errors that could significantly increase the time it takes to complete the process.

Now you have 4 ways to move all your WhatsApp to new iPhone Xs/Xr/Xs Max. Let us know which method works best for you and why in the comments section below.