WhatsApp Now Lets You Transfer Chats Between Phones Using QR Codes: How It Works

Transferring chats between devices just got easier. (Image: meta)

WhatsApp, Meta’s instant messaging platform, now has a faster and more secure way to transfer chats from your old phone to a new one, using a QR code.

WhatsApp, Meta’s instant messaging platform, now has a faster and more secure way to transfer chats from your old phone to a new one using QR codes locally, without the need for the cloud.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Instagram that WhatsApp users will now be able to transfer their chats between devices (same OS only). He added that this would allow users to transfer their chats to a new phone “more privately without taking your chats off your device.”

The video shared on the meta channel shows a user easily transferring chats from one Android device to another by scanning a QR code. It eliminates the need for third-party apps and transfers data locally instead of using the cloud. For this to work—both devices must be connected to the same local Wi-Fi network.

To transfer chats using this method, follow these steps:

  1. Once you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network on both the devices, open WhatsApp on your old phone and go to Settings > Chats > Chat Transfer.
  2. Now, a new QR code will pop up.
  3. You need to scan this QR code from your new device (the one you want your chats on) to transfer the chat data.

This is the first time that WhatsApp has introduced a way to transfer chats locally on the same operating system. While using the cloud to transfer chats has been the norm, this new, faster method will certainly be useful to users.