[4 Ways] How to Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone

You must be unwilling to lose WhatsApp messages when buying a new iPhone. Then, you may need this guide to tell you how to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone in four effective ways.

Demi by Demi Updated September 13, 2023
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How do I transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone?

Recently, I got a new iPhone 15 Pro from my sister. So now want to transfer old WhatsApp data from old iPhone to my new iPhone. Kindly let me know as to how I can successfully transfer all my WhatsApp messages/pics to my new iPhone. Can anyone recommend me a solution?

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When transferring to new iPhone, you have to carefully pick one of the best transfer tool to make sure you don’t lose any data, including not only photos, videos, contacts, but also system settings, applications like WhatsApp, and their in-app data.

Besides, you may don’t need to transfer everything from old iPhone to new one, but need to transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone.

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No matter whether you are in either of these two situations, you will know how to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone in four effective ways in this guide. With no further ado, let’s get started.

Part 1. How to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud backup

The best way to avoid iPhone data lose is, of course, to backup it. On your iPhone, you are given two ways to backup WhatsApp to iCloud. One is to enable WhatsApp in-app backup feature, and the other is to let iCloud backup all data on your iPhone.

According to your needs, choose either ways below to know how to transfer WhatsApp chats from iPhone to iPhone.

Way 1. Transfer only WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone with WhatsApp backup

It is pretty simple to enable in-app WhatsApp backup and restore to the new iPhone. But first, you have to meet the following requirements:

• Account. Your WhatsApp account should be the same with the Apple ID you used to access iCloud.
• iCloud space. Your free iCloud space is at least twice as big as WhatsApp data.
• iOS version. Your iPhone should be running on iOS 12 or newer.
• Wi-Fi connection. Your iPhone needs to be connected to a stable Wi-Fi during the whole process.

How to backup WhatsApp to iCloud on old iPhone
Step 1. On your old iPhone, go to the Settings app > Tap [your name] and choose iCloud > Toggle on the switches beside iCloud Drive and WhatsApp if they are not enabled.

iCloud Drive

Step 2. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone > Go to its Settings > Choose Chats > Click Chat Backup.

Step 3. Click Back Up Now to backup your WhatsApp chat history to iCloud right now. 

iCloud WhatsApp backup

Warm tip: If you want to continue backing up WhatsApp to iCloud on your new iPhone, you can repeat the above on your new iPhone and then select a frequency to automatically back up WhatsApp.

How to restore WhatsApp iCloud backup on new iPhone
Now, it’s time to restore WhatsApp iCloud backup on your new iPhone. Set up your new iPhone like you used to do, and finish the setup process.

Download and install WhatsApp on your new iPhone > Verify your phone number > Tap Restore Chat History > Follow the prompt instructions to restore WhatsApp from iCloud.

WhatsApp restore backup

Way 2. Transfer everything from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud backup

You are also given an option to transfer everything including WhatsApp chat history from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud backup when you set up new iPhone from old iPhone. In other words, this way is more suitable when you have got a new iPhone. Besides, it is also suggested to manually backup your old iPhone to iCloud to avoid data loss.

Here are the steps about how to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud backup.

Step 1. Setup your new iPhone > From the Set Up your iPhone page, choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

2. Enter your Apple ID and password > Choose the latest iCloud backup to restore.

restore from iCloud backup

Part 2. How to transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud

Indeed, free 5 GB of iCloud space is not enough for an iPhone user, and upgrading iCloud storage can also be a significant expense. Therefore, you may need this part to know how to transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud.

Way 3. The best way to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone

It is highly recommended you to try a professional WhatsApp backup and transfer tool - FoneTool, enabling you an offline backup and restore service to save your WhatsApp backup files locally with no storage limitation.

The simple and clear design enables you to quickly handle the tool. With a stable USB connection between iPhone and PC, FoneTool can finish the transfer process in a short time.

Step 1. Download and launch FoneTool on your computer > Connect your old iPhone to PC via USB > You may need to tap Trust on your iPhone to let your PC access your iPhone data.

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Step 2. On the main interface of FoneTool, choose WhatsApp Manager from the left pane > Check your old and new iPhone are in right place > Click Transfer Now to confirm.

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Step 3. When a window prompts, tap Confirm > If asked, enter your passcode on source device > Click OK to continue the transfer.

passcode required

Your new iPhone will restart automatically when transfer finishes. Follow the onscreen instruction to set up and access Home Screen on new iPhone. Then, you can go to WhatsApp to check whether all the contents has been copied to new iPhone.

Way 4. Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes

If you don’t mind, iTunes can help you backup old iPhone and restore the backup files to your new iPhone, in which all applications and their data like WhatsApp chat history can all be restored.

Backup old iPhone via iTunes
Step 1. Ensure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer > Connect old iPhone to the computer.

Step 2. Click the phone icon > Select This Computer > Click Back Up Now to start the backup.

Click back up now

When it is finished, disconnect your iPhone from computer, and it’s time to restore iTunes backup to new iPhone.

Restore iTunes backup to the new iPhone
Step 1. Set up your new iPhone until you see the Apps & Data screen, choose Restore from Mac or PC. If you have set up your new iPhone, you need to erase and reset it to factory settings first.

restore from mac or pc

Step 2. Connect your new iPhone to the computer that you used to backup your old iPhone > Open iTunes > Select your iPhone > Select Restore Backup.

iPhone restore backup

Step 3. Pick the latest version of backup > Enter the password if asked > Click Restore and wait for the restore time to finish.

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Way 5. Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone by email

The last and the least recommended way to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone is to utilize email. You can export the WhatsApp chats you want to transfer and send them to yourself as an email. Then, you can receive the email on your new iPhone.

Step 1. On your old iPhone, open WhatsApp and click the chat you’d like to transfer > Tap the name of the contact > Tap Export Chat.

Step 2. Choose Attach Media or Without Media as per your need > Choose Mail > Type in your email address > Click Send to export your WhatsApp chats.

save WhatsApp to email

Step 3. On your new iPhone, you can go to your email client to view the WhatsApp chats.

As you can see from the steps above, you can only browse transferred WhatsApp chats in your email client, but cannot import them to the WhatsApp app on new iPhone.


That’s all for how to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone. If you have iCloud backup, it is convenient to restore WhatsApp iCloud backup to new iPhone. If not, it is suggested to rely on a third-party backup tool or iTunes to make the WhatsApp transfer possible. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

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