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WhatsApp data transfer: Secure your valuable data when switching from old to new phone

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Gone are the days when cellphones were not easy to afford and people used one for years. After the boost in cellphone market, the handsets became cheaper with a steep rise in their number and the cropping up of numerous cellphone companies. So, people these days change their cellphones frequently (within an year or even less), thanks to the availability of ample number of low-cost smartphones.

However, in this process of changing cellphone, transferring data from the old phone to the new one becomes a daunting task.

WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most popular instant messaging service and is used for both personal and work purposes.

Users end up losing valuable WhatsApp data when they switch from one cellphone to another. Here are few ways to transfer data from one device to another.

iPhone users
iCloud backup: One can securely store WhatsApp content on the iPhone using iCloud backup. All you need to do is go to WhatsApp settings, under the chats section, select chat backup, then click backup.

Now, install WhatsApp on your new phone. When you will confirm the same number used on the old phone, you will get an option to retrieve your chat history. When you accept the option, you will receive all the messages on your new smartphone. Make sure to enable the auto backup feature on your new handset.

Android users
Android users get multiple ways to backup their messages and other content.

External microSD card: Open WhatsApp, go to settings, go to chats and calls. Then tap on backup chats. A backup will be created on the microSD card, which can be used to transfer the data on the new device.

PC: Connect your device to the PC using a USB cable. Go to the phone storage and open the WhatsApp folder. Copy the folder on your PC and eject the device. Now, install WhatsApp on your new smartphone, confirm your old number. The backup will be identified and restored.

Google Drive: Users can store their data to Google Drive, according to WhatsApp. “We recommend connecting your phone to Wi-Fi prior to backing up your chats via Google Drive, as backup files may vary in size and may consume mobile data, causing additional charges,” the company said in a post.

PTI

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