WhatsApp Introduces Secure QR Code-Based Local Data Transfer Method

WhatsApp has unveiled a new and efficient method for transferring chats from an old phone to a new one using QR codes.

WhatsApp has unveiled a new and efficient method for transferring chats from an old phone to a new one using QR codes.

Users who switch to a new phone with the same operating system can now transfer their WhatsApp data via a local Wi-Fi connection.

To initiate the chat history transfer, ensure that both devices are powered on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Next, open WhatsApp on the old device and navigate to Settings > Chats > Chat transfer.

Upon completing these steps, a QR code will be displayed.

Scan the QR code from the new phone to finalize the transfer process.

WhatsApp emphasizes the security of this method, as data is encrypted and exclusively shared between the two devices within the local network.

Previously, WhatsApp relied on cloud backups to facilitate data transfer between devices running the same operating system (iOS or Android). This marks the first time the company has introduced a local transfer method for such migrations.

WhatsApp already supports migration from iOS to Android and vice versa, although these methods involve slightly more complexity compared to the simplicity of scanning a QR code.

Additionally, the chat app offers a multi-device feature that allows synchronization of messages sent and received on multiple devices using a single phone number. In April, the feature was updated to support multiple phones.

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