WhatsApp Beta Introduces Direct Chat Transfer: Here’s What You Need to Know


WhatsApp is currently rolling out a new Beta version with a very useful feature that will benefit all users. The new version will introduce a change in how WhatsApp manages to transfer chat history between devices. This time around, the app will make it a lot easier for users to transfer their chat history with making use of Google Drive.

Using WhatsApp on Android has historically been accompanied by a frustrating detail: to preserve your chat history when switching phones, you had to utilize your own storage on Google Drive. While WhatsApp streamlined the process, manually updating conversations to your Google Drive account remained a hassle.

A New WhatsApp Chat Transfer Feature is Coming

WhatsApp Chat Transfer
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WhatsApp version 2.24.9.19 is introducing a new chat transfer feature, as reported by WABetaInfo. When switching devices, WhatsApp will display a QR code containing all the user’s data on the old phone. By scanning this QR code from the new device, the chat data will seamlessly transfer over.

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Without testing the new chat transfer feature in WhatsApp, it’s anticipated to be more manageable than using Google Drive. However, the transfer time may vary depending on the amount of chat history accumulated. It’s uncertain whether both devices need to be logged in or if the QR code serves as a sign-in tool on the new phone. These details will become clearer once the feature is fully tested and deployed.

The new chat transfer tool in the beta version of WhatsApp appears different from the process used to transfer chats between iOS and Android, which typically requires a physical cable and involves several steps. While straightforward, this process can be time-consuming. The new transfer tool in the beta version aims to streamline this by ideally eliminating such steps.

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How to Access the new WhatsApp Chat Transfer Feature

WhatsApp Chat Transfer

The WhatsApp beta version featuring the new transfer tool is accessible through the Google Play Store for users already enrolling in the beta program, which is currently full. There’s no specific timeline for when this feature will be available in the public release, but it might take some time.

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