How to transfer WhatsApp messages to new phone!

As technology grows, people have the need to upgrade and that’s why you are reading this post. You just bought a new Android phone and you are now faced with the challenges to transfer WhatsApp messages to your new device. That’s normal.

If you are not careful however, you are going to completely lose your chat history. The luck we have is that WhatsApp has made it quite simple to move your chat history from one Android Phone to the other.

There are generally different methods but we are going to dwell on the most accessible and most simple way. 

Before we get into details of my chosen method, I want to quickly list the common backup and transfer methods:

  1. Backup and Restore via Cloud Storage
  2. Backup and Restore via local Computer
  3. Backup and Restore via SD Card.

We are not going to connect to cloud or use local computer to transfer whatsApp messages to your new device. I propose method three.

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How to Transfer WhatsApp Messages via SD Card

A) Backup your chat history

The first step is to backup your chat messages.

Go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Chats and calls > Back up chats or Chat backup.

transfer whatsApp messages

On the next screen, hit the Back Up button!

how to backup whatsapp messages

Note that we don’t need Google Drive setup at this moment to transfer WhatsApp messages. We want to be able to create a backup copy and store locally.

If you don’t have enough memory space available on your storage organ (Phone storage), you certainly won’t be able to create any local backup copy. Also make sure your device is not connected to the computer.

Once you hit “BACK UP”, your WhatsApp chat messages will be compiled and stored in your WhatsApp>Databases directory.

backing up whatsapp messages

B) Moving WhatsApp Backup to new device and restore!

In the steps above, we just created a copy of our chat messages and stored it in the WhatsApp/Database folder. By default, this is located on your Phone Storage.

Please Note!

backup and restore whatsapp messagesAt the moment of writing this post, installing WhatsApp on your memory card (SD card) is not possible. Once installed, unfortunately Whatsapp does not allow you to change the save path for images, audio, video or messages

Rooting and applying a ‘patch’ to make the phone ‘think’ your SD card is actually a part of the internal memory would allow you to move Whatsapp into the SD card, as well as its internal folders. HOWEVER, due to the SD Card’s tendency to fail, I don’t really suggest you do.

The next step actually is to copy your WhatsApp/ to your SD card, and get it ready to be moved to the new phone.

Browse to your phone memory using your inbuilt file manager tool. You don’t need any app to copy the backup copy to your SD card. However, if you think it’s absolutely necessary to use any external file manager, I recommend you check out ES Android File Manager

Once in your phone memory, locate the WhatsApp directory, Press and hold to select, then hit the ‘Copy’ icon at the bottom.

how to transfer whatsapp messages to new phone

Now, we have our messages (including images, videos and audios) copied. We have to now browse to SD card and paste the copied material. Note that the SD card must have enough space to contain our backup.

You just have to browse back to your SD card, then hit the paste button. See image below;

restore whatsApp messages

Now we have copied WhatsApp backup from Phone storage to our SD card. The next thing is to shut down your old phone, move the SD card to the the new Android phone.

Follow the steps above (Select, Copy and Paste) to safely transfer your backup (from the SD card) to the Phone storage of your new phone.

restore whatsapp chat history1Once you have safely transferred your backup, you can install WhatsApp on your new Android phone. During the installation process, WhatsApp will automatically find your backup and ask you if you would like to restore it. Once restored, your old chats will appear on your new phone.

That’s how practical it is to transfer WhatsApp messages to your new Android phone.

Important points to note before restoring your WhatsApp Chat Messages.

  • WhatsApp automatically makes backups every day at 2 AM and stores them in the WhatsApp folder of your Android phone.
  • You don’t have to use different numbers on both Phones. The same number you used on your old phone has to be used on your new phone. Backup/Restore won’t work for different numbers.
  • Your Backup doesn’t have to be older than 7 days. That means once you do the backup, proceed to restoration as soon as possible.
  • You must transfer the backup copy to the new phone before installing WhatsApp on it. If you invert the process, you won’t get your backup restored.

Now, go ahead and follow those simple steps to transfer WhatsApp messages to your new Android Phone

48 thoughts on “How to transfer WhatsApp messages to new phone!”

  1. Nice post to get information on how to transfer Whatsapp messages, I found this found useful as I was looking for a method by which I can save my message to google drive. Thanks

  2. Hi Muki,
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    Guys, I think this is the best article for transfer WhatsApp contacts.

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  4. Hey Enstine,
    I must confess, I read every bit of this post and am satisfied with what I read. My goal is to implement every step .
    Thanks #Enstine

  5. Hi Enstine!

    Great post on how to transfer whatsapp message to new phone! I loved the article you explained it in detailed!
    Thanks for sharing this informative post!
    Keep it up!

  6. Hi Enstine Muki. I am using whatsapp kindly can u please tell me how to disable notification for whatsapp i don’t want to get messages in notification bar because of privacy issue.I’ll be waiting for you reply….Thanks

  7. I currently purchase iPhone 5s, my whatsapp is on windows lumia but is any way to transfer windows message to iPhone ? I haven’t take backup ? Mistakenly whatsapp fron windows mobile is uninstall?
    Please explain if any solution ?

  8. Hey I had some problem with phone (Micromax A310) so i gave it for repair and i also took a backup of the conversation and its in my phone also but when i install whatsapp it asks for restore and i do also and it gives a message that backup has been restored but there is nothing in the chat as i can only see the groups no hat with the peoples , so how can i get back the chats

  9. Hi Enstine bro!

    Great tutorial on how to transfer whatsapp message to a new phone!
    Really, i am looking this solution for long time. I have faced a lot of problem doing this earlier.
    Now your post makes me easy to do that rightly!

    Anyway, thanks a lot for sharing an useful post with us.

    Keep it up!

  10. A lot of people are using WhatsApp and now websites are using it also.It is always a hard task for me to transfer messages.But you have made it easier.I will surely use this as a reference when I write on Whatsapp.

  11. I tried restoring from icloud on my iphone 6 but it fails to backup everytime..any solution…Is there any other way to restore backup either on pc or iphone

  12. well i have been working since 2000. now i am at the age of 34 and working when i was only just 19 years old. working for the last 15 years is too tough. doing outbound marketing then i am here doing inbound marketing job. but never ever my ex-employers investigate on social profiles, this is very cheap job to do.

  13. Great post. I have bought a new phone but felt sad that I would lose all of my whatsapp messages. Luck me I found your share. Thanks for useful information. I’ll try your tips now

  14. I tried to follow the tutorial but i kept getting errors when i was backing up to the cloud 🙁 i dont have an SD card is there any other way to do it ?


  15. Nice post to get information on how to transfer whatsapp messages, I found this found useful as I was looking for a method by which I can save my message to google drive.

  16. Enstine, I don’t think any tutorial is needed for the job because as soon as you insert memory card in phone and install whatsapp, the application automatically detects the old backup and restore all the messages.
    But anyway, as always, you did your job best! Nice and detailed article, Thanks!

  17. Just whatsapp announced, increase limit of group from 100 to 256. Really Great move. Also whatsApp is mede free. Just whatsApp has cress the 1 billion user.

  18. Hi Enstine
    Its really great and Working fine for me… when i search about this topic then google forced me to visit this page and its working for my mobile… Thanks for this awesome Post.

  19. This article was very helpful and highlighted an aspect of How to transfer WhatsApp messages to new phone. Its a very big problem if you buy a new phone you will lost all your whatsapp messages , Really valuable information superb article. And i will definitely use in future. It is really great and helpful article and I just want to say Thanks of sharing this nice post.

  20. Till now I have been using the same phone to access Whatsapp. But, thanks for this tutorial. I will tune to this if I have to switch my phone’s Whatsapp.

  21. Hey,
    I’m glad to read your post . This is very useful for us . Its a very big problem if you buy a new phone you will lost all your whatsapp messages . After reading your post i think this is very helpful for all . And keep sharing those type of post.

  22. Nice tips i never knew you can transfer whatsapp messages.. Very informative article Thanks for sharing.

  23. Thanks for sharing the whatsapp messsages, as whatsapp is one of the number one messenger, i think we should consider to backup some important data and this guide explain this very well.

  24. Whatsapp has become primary communication app for so many people, I am using this app since 2 years and I am addicted to it, till now I never changed me iPhone, I am expecting to change my phone in future, this article helped me to know basic things which I need to know how to transfer data

  25. Wow this is very important information sharing on your blog. Thanks for sharing this information. I need this info and I got it from your blog. I followed this blog on daily basis because i know i will get something new information which is very important for me.
    Thanks once again!

  26. Hi Mr. Enstine

    I am the frequent follower of your blog feeling great by reading your posts.
    This is one of the most useful post under the category of whatsapp.

    Thank you.

  27. Hi Enstine,

    Whatsapp has become primary communication app for so many people, I am using this app since 2 years and I am addicted to it, till now I never changed me iPhone, I am expecting to change my phone in future, this article helped me to know basic things which I need to know how to transfer data.

  28. Hell Enstine,
    First time on your blog!
    I tried to transfer my chat history from old Android to new Android but to no avail.
    I backed it up on old android then transferred to new android as suggested but after I re-install on new android, past messages still wouldn’t appear.
    Is there any other way I can get all history shift to new Android? From Google drive?

  29. Hey Enstine,

    Great Tutorial,Rather than this long process,We can use “restore” option while setting up in another mobile.But this only works if the Message Backup is found.

  30. Hi Enstine,
    Whatsapp is one of most used social messaging application now a days. It’s a good tutorial to transfer whatsapp messages to new phone. I will follow all steps soon as I am going with a new smartphone soon.

  31. Hi Enstine,

    Thanks for that…. having lost my WhatsApp messages last time I got a new phone, I won’t make that mistake again, and will find these instructions.

    I know I don’t get the most out of my phone, so I really value the tips you write about.


  32. Hey Enstinemuki,That’s Great article indeed.,Once i got troubled with this .When i changed my phone more no of contacts has lost. While if we back up,we can get recent contacts easily right.Thanks for sharing a wonderful update

  33. Hi Enstine,

    So great post indeed!
    Its my own problem once when I change my Android Phone and when I open my Id to other Android phone then I saw there are nothing their and now I can easily transfer my data to other android Phone.

    we should must share this post to Facebook so that every one could use this tricks to transfer data to other Phone.

    Any way thanks Enstine for sharing such great tips with us,
    Areesha Noor!

  34. Hello Enstine,
    I stay in INDIA and whatsapp has become like a lifeline for most of the smartphone user here, This is the App you will find on majority of the cell phone so this Guide is for sure going to help to all those who are looking for the solution on message transfer.

    Above that, as you know am a newbie I liked the Writing style how the article was formatted and presented, Honestly thats what am learning now a days.

    Back to You!! 🙂

  35. Hi Muki bro 🙂
    i really like this post. It will be useful for many people like me.
    before somedays i lost my messages. Now on.. i can easily transfer my messages to any other new phone. Once again thank you so much..

  36. HI Enstine,
    In these days, One of the best leading messenger app is WhatsApp, and after seeing this title about WhatsApp, I want to get knowledge about it. Informative information and to learn that how to have the backup of WhatsApp.

  37. Wow Estine.. Cool tips i never knew you can transfer whatsapp messages.. Very informative article Thanks for sharing.

  38. Hey Enstine,

    Whatsapp has become one of the most important tool for modern people. It doesn’t matter of what age you are. People love to chat and they always want the backup of their chats and contacts.

    You have shown the easiest way to backup the chats. I am sure it will help many people who are not much aware about technical things.

    Great post.
    Have a nice day.

    • Hey Ravi,
      Thanks for your feedback bro.
      Millions are using this chat service on their mobile and desktop devices. I’m sure my tips are helping from the traffic I see to these posts.

      I hope you are having a wonderful week bro

  39. Hi Enstine,

    Great guide for those looking for a way to transfer Whatsapp message to their new cellphone. You’ve beautifully described the topic and also provided pictures for each step which makes the whole process easy to understand.

    Great stuff, really appreciate,


    Subha Sadiq

  40. Hi Enstine Sir,
    I am commenting on your blog after so many days, feeling good
    And thank you for showing how i can transfer my WhatsApp messages.
    Will try this out today.
    Thank you,
    Akash Navi

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