Transfer WhatsApp Chats from Android to iOS

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  1. manpmer

    manpmer Privates not private - rando

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    So as in the title I was wondering if anyone knows of a simple (without PC) way to transfer my WhatsApp chats from Android device to iPhone?
    On Android, WhatsApp backs up to Google Drive and there is no way on iPhone to restore from this back up. There seems to be a lot of software out there which you need to pay for so was hoping there is a free way before I have to spend more cash?
    Please if you know of a way that would be great.
     
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  2. batriq

    batriq Probably has made you smarter

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    No there isn’t
     
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    I'm just curious (and I really mean just: I'm never going to own an Apple device) as to the why behind this. I mean, it occasionally occurs to me, as I travel the path of life, smelling the flowers as I go, "Wait! Why can't Apple and Android Whatsapp do this? Oh fuck it, someone will explain it to me one day."

    Or not.
     
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    Probably because they use the default storage framework from the two ecosystems to store their backups rather than having to come up with their own cross platform solution that costs money. The number of users who would potentially switch platforms but don’t have a computer to transfer the files is probably low enough they don’t really care though. You have to devote resources where they’re most effective even if you’re a relatively big company.
     
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  5. batriq

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    Unfortunately, you cannot do it on a computer to transfer between the two phones.
    It's true though that each uses the default cloud storage platform to transform across devices the same platform.
    I imagine you cannot do it cross platforms because there is no way to authenticate between iCloud and Google Drive. For example, you cannot log into iCloud with Google SSO. Without this authentication, it would be difficult to prove identity (you need to prove it's the same person accessing both storage accounts)
     
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  6. nefonterl

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    I recently made a switch from Android to iOS. So I assume I can provide some insight about the entire thing works. There are no native thanks to transferring WhatsApp from Android to iPhone.
    I found this tutorial where they have mentioned an open-source software (free) that can transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to iPhone:
    https://www.imyfone.com/whatsapp/transfer-whatsapp-messages-from-android-to-iphone-without-pc/
    It does not need any PC to transfer the chats.
     
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