Whatsapp update: Transfer chats to new device without Google Drive

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Whatsapp update: Transfer chats to new device without Google Drive (image: Wikimedia Commons)
Whatsapp update: Transfer chats to new device without Google Drive (image: Wikimedia Commons)

New Delhi : Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, has been working on new features to enhance the user experience of the popular instant messaging app. In a recent update, the users were allowed to use a single WhatsApp account on up to four devices simultaneously and the option to save disappearing messages for later. Now, the company is reportedly working on another feature that will allow chat switching between Android devices more seamless while reducing the reliance on Google.

Currently, WhatsApp for Android allows users to back up their chats and media to Google Drive, enabling them to retrieve their data on a new device when needed. However, this dependence on Google Drive is set to change. 

Wabetainfo, a website dedicated to tracking WhatsApp's latest developments, previously reported that the app was working on a new feature for Android users. The latest update from Wabetainfo reveals that WhatsApp has started testing this new chat transfer feature for Android users, which doesn't rely on Google Drive for backup.

According to the report, the new WhatsApp update has been rolled out to select beta testers through the WhatsApp beta for Android update on the Google Play Store. Once available, users can access the chat transfer feature within the WhatsApp Settings > Chats section, enabling them to migrate their chat history to a new Android device.

To migration chats, users will need to scan a QR code and follow the instructions provided to retrieve their chat history and data, including media. This feature offers a faster and more convenient migration experience, eliminating the need for manual backup to Google Drive, which can be time-consuming, especially for large chat histories. By simply scanning the QR code, users can seamlessly transfer their chat history from their old Android device to a new one without going through the backup and restore process, as the migration is automatic.

It's worth noting that the new chat transfer feature is currently in the testing phase and only available to selected beta testers. However, WhatsApp plans to release this feature to all Android users in upcoming updates of the app.