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Convoluted: moving your WhatsApp history to a new phone

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/11/21

Not without reason there is a FAQ: How do I move my chat history over to my new Android phone?

Since Helium didn’t restore the WhatsApp settings and Android File Transfer refused to paste large files to the new Android phone, this is what I did

  1. On the target phone:
    1. Uninstall WhatsApp on the new phone
    2. Delete the folder in /storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp
  2. On the source phone:
    1. Follow the WhatsApp back-up steps in the above FAQ link
    2. Zip the folder/storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp
    3. Transfer it to DropBox using GhostCommander and the GC DropBox plugin
  3. On the target phone:
    1. Transfer from DropBox
    2. Unzip it to the folder /storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp
    3. Install WhatsApp
    4. Restore the backup



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