How to Transfer WhatsApp Conversations to New Devices

WhatsApp is one of the most popular communication app on the planet. But if you get a new phone & want to transfer your account to a new device with all your old messages which actually don’t automatically come with you. Thankfully I’m here to help you friends. In my tutorial, you’ll find the best way to transfer WhatsApp conversations to a new device, so you can immediately pick up where you left off.

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Recently I upgraded my smartphone and was struck with this WhatsApp problem too. For some people, it isn’t much of an issue, some don’t even care about losing their old conversations, they’re quite happy to start over. But I don’t fall into that category, I like to backup everything, and I really wanted to save my chat history.

And luckily, it’s much easier to do. I managed to transfer my entire chat history onto my new phone and seamlessly chat where I had left off the night before. If you also want to save your chats and continue as normal on a different device, simply proceed as follows:

Create a backup of your chat history on your old phone. To do this you open the settings menu of WhatsApp, tap on “Chat settings” and then tap “Backup conversations”.

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Connect your smartphone via USB cable to the PC and navigate to the internal memory of the device to the folder “WhatsApp / Databases”. Here are all the backup files saved with a date. They will look something like “msgstore-2013-05-29.db.crypt”. Copy the file with the latest date of creation (it will have a different name compared to the automatic backups created, mine is “msgstore.db.crypt8”) onto your PC in an easy to find location (like your desktop).

Install WhatsApp on your new device (but don’t start the app!)

Connect your new device to the PC. Because you’ve already downloaded WhatsApp onto your new handset, the folder “WhatsApp / Databases” should now exist. If not, you can manually create a new “Databases” folder in the “WhatsApp” folder yourself.

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Copy your WhatsApp conversation backup file into this folder.

Start your WhatsApp on your new phone do the verification. You’ll now get a notification that a message backup was found. Just tap “Restore”, and you’re done. After a few seconds, all of your messages will be safely returned.