WhatsApp has taken further steps in developing the tool to migrate the chat history between applications for Android and iPhone (iOS). The feature is expected to have an option to take the backup to another phone number when transferring the backup to another device with a different system. The information was revealed by WABetaInfo on Thursday (20).
The new traces of the function appeared in the iOS app. The screen to start the process of migrating the history to Android should have the option “Transfer to a different phone number?”. The expectation is that the user will be able to take their conversations to another number automatically when switching devices.
Other details about the novelty were presented by the website on the same day. This is the case for another page, where it asks the user to update the app before carrying out the transfer process. The screenshots further suggest that the feature will also take the media when transferring the backup from one operating system to another.
At the beginning of April, some clues about the migration tool showed up in the messaging app for iPhone (iOS). Then, at the end of the month, it was time for the function to appear in the experimental version of the Android app. But, so far, it is not known when the feature will reach all users of the messenger.
Whatsapp Also Prepares Encrypted Backups
WhatsApp is still working on another new feature for backups. This is the case of backup copies that can be saved on Google Drive (Android) and iCloud (iOS) with a password to protect them. This week, the messenger team also began to prepare the option to retrieve the file’s credentials.
The feature’s first appearance took place in March last year, in the Android app. Then, in May of the same year, it was the turn to appear in the iPhone application (iOS). Later, it was discovered that the feature will require an eight-digit password and that access to the file can also be performed with a recovery key.
There is no forecast for the release of encrypted WhatsApp backups.