When WhatsApp first launched, the process of transferring conversations from one device to another was notoriously difficult and time-consuming. With the ‘Move to iOS‘ feature, WhatsApp made it possible to move from Android to iOS without losing any data. However, if users were set on sticking with Android, they would need to take the extra step of backing up their data in Google Drive before making the switch.
However, WhatsApp is now considering a ‘Chat Transfer to Android‘ feature, which would make it unnecessary to back up conversations to Google Drive. With the knowledge that your information will be safe in the event that your phone is lost or stolen, you may be wondering what, if any, drawbacks there might be to regularly backing up your data.
To start, Google doesn’t provide free unlimited storage, and many people would rather not dedicate that space to storing their WhatsApp backups. Second, backing up requires an internet connection, and because good internet service is still the talk of the future in some parts of the world, people couldn’t afford to use up and then pay for that much internet.
If you’ve recently upgraded to a new smartphone and want to move your ongoing conversations over, this new feature will be extremely helpful, as you won’t have to worry about whether or not your cloud backup is up-to-date. Even if your data is backed up, retrieving it from Google Drive can still take a long time, especially if you have a poor connection, so this option can also eliminate that.
The ‘Move Chats to Android’ feature is reportedly still in development, and there is no information available about when it might be released. However, it is expected to release in the future updates, alongside many more new features. We will keep you updated of them, as new information becomes available. Till then, let us know what you think of this new feature, and you expect it to roll out.