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How to migrate WhatsApp chats from old smartphone to new Android

At GizmoStorm,  we headed up with number of WhatsApp Tips and tricks for our loyal readers. The main aim for these Tips and Tricks is to allow our readers to play and have fun with this amazing messaging client in very efficient ways. WhatsApp is now part and parcel of everybody’s life. Considering this mesmerizing chatting client, WhatsApp grown bigger than Twitter with over 200 million monthly active users. Moreover, it carries over 20 billion messages per day, that approximately doubles the messages carried by Facebook.


Although everything is quite handy in WhatsApp, but what if you bought a new smartphone? You might be wondering that you are about to lose all your WhatsApp chat that you carried on your previous smartphone. Isn’t it? Now, just sit back and relax as today at GizmoStorm, we are here with How to migrate WhatsApp chats from old smartphone to new Android:


#Migrate WhatsApp chats from Android to Android:

  • Create backup of WhatsApp chat on your previous Android. For the same, go to the the settings menu of WhatsApp, tap on “Chat Settings” and then press “backup chat history“.
  • Connect your previous Android via USB cable to the PC, navigate in the internal memory of the device and search for the folder named as “WhatsApp>Databases“. There you’ll see backup files saved with the date (eg: msgstore-2013-11-15.db.crypt). Just copy the database file with the latest date on your desktop.
  • It’s time to install WhatsApp on your new Android. Please make sure you just installed the app, do not start the app for the time being.
  • Connect your new Android via USB to the PC. Done with installing WhatsApp on your new Android? If yes, a folder “WhatsApp / Databases” should be already there. If not, you can manually create it. Next, just copy the backup file msgstore-2013-11-15.db.crypt into this folder.
  • You are almost done. Now, start WhatsApp on your new Android and follow the verification steps. You’ll be getting a notification “message backup was found“. Tap on “Restore“.
  • Congratulations, you successfully migrated WhatsApp chats.

#Migrate WhatsApp chats from iPhone to Android:

*Before you begin, you need:

  • Any OS (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
  • WhatsAppMigrator on your Operating system (Download links)
  • Java installed on your OS (JDK 7 is highly recommended).
  • Source database: an iPhone Whatsapp database (ChatStorage.sqlite)
  • Target database: an Android Whatsapp database (msgstore.db or msgstore.db.crypt)



*Let’s begin migration work:

  • Install WhatsApp on your new Android. Please make sure you just don’t install the app, but also start the it. Starting the app will create the database file on your Android. Make sure the msgstore.db.crypt or msgstore.db is not 0kb.
  • Now, Connect your Android via USB cable to the PC, navigate in the internal memory of the device and search for the folder named as “WhatsApp>Databases“. There you’ll see backup files saved with the date (eg: msgstore-2013-11-15.db.crypt). Just copy the database file with the latest date on your desktop.
  • On your iPhone, perform an non-encrypted iTunes backup.
  • Now, get this file net.whatsapp.WhatsApp/Documents/ChatStorage.sqlite. For getting this file, you can use an Iphone Backup Tool like Iphone Backup Extractor or iPhone Backup Extractor (free)
  • In order to migrate chat, make sure you created an non-encrypted backup with iTunes, as above mentioned tools can’t handle encrypted backups.
  • Did you installed the WhatsAppMigrator on your desktop? if yes, follow the steps provided below:
  • Run WhatsAppMigrator tool and upload both the backup files on it. (See the image below)

How to migrate WhatsApp chats from old smartphone to new Android

 

  • If might detect that your Java version does not support strong cryptography (required to encrypt/decrypt the whatsapp db). Just sit back, it will automatically asks you if you want to install the extension.
  • Now run WhatsAppMigrator again with Administrator rights. You can do so by, right click on WhatsAppMigrator icon> run with Administrator rights.
  • Now upload again both the database files on WhatsAppMigrator tool and tap on Convert button.
  • Once WhatsAppMigrator has successfully finished the conversion, you’ll get a folder converted inside which there’s a ready-to-transfer already-encrypted msgstore.db.crypt.
  • Now it’s time to transfer msgstore.db.crypt to your Android. Just transfer the msgstore.db.crypt to your Android device in the same position you got it in the first time. Make sure to uninstall WhatsApp from your Android device and reinstall it from scratch before transferring the database file back to your Android device.
  • Congratulations, you are all done now.



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