How to Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 | 4 Ways

Learn how to transfer transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 in this article. 4 effective methods are provided, you can choose the most suitable one according to your needs to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone.

Kelsey by Kelsey Updated February 14, 2023
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How do I transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone 12?


I just recently upgraded my iPhone to iPhone 12. My WhatsApp saves important data, especially a lot of chat history, which I want to keep. I will use a new Apple ID for my new phone. How can I transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 for free?

Sending text messages and phone calls through carriers is no longer the only way to get in touch with distant family members. Most iPhone users rely on WhatsApp, a globally popular instant messenger. It helps users connect with others faster and cheaper. Due to the frequent use of WhatsApp to contact others and other usage habits, users usually leave a lot of data, once changing mobile phones, how to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 has become the most urgent problem.

WhatsApp icon

This question is not difficult to solve. We will guide you to transfer WhatsApp from old iPhone to iPhone 12. We provide 4 effective methods according to the user's different usage habits and habitual tools.

How to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12

There are 4 solutions of how to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to iPhone. The first three show you how to transfer data to new iPhone through common tools for iPhone users, such as iCloud, iTunes and Email. The last method is to use a professional cell phone data transfer tool, which is the most reliable and simple of all methods. If you are not an adopter of the first three tools, we recommend that you go directly to the last solution.

Follow the guide now to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12.

Way 1. Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 with iCloud

Are you used to using iCloud to store data from your iPhone. The tool also helps you transfer WhatsApp data from your old phone to your new phone. It is worth mentioning that this method is suitable for users who use the same Apple ID after changing their phones. If you plan to change your account, you can go to several other methods.

Create an iCloud backup on old iPhone

Step 1. Go to the Settings of old iPhone, and tap [your name].

Step 2. Select the iCloud option > click Backup > enable iCloud Backup.

Turn on iCloud Backup

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Make sure your phone is connected to a stable Internet and wait patiently for the full backup to upload to iCloud.

iCloud backup restore to new iPhone

Step 1. Start your new iPhone 12, and in the Set up your iPhone interface, select the Restore from iCloud Backup option.

Step 2. Log in to your Apple ID and select your WhatsApp Backup option. Then just wait for the backup containing WhatsApp data to be restored to the new phone.

restore from iCloud backup

Way 2. Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 with iTunes

If you don't have iCloud or don't have a good network environment at the moment. Then it is also possible to transfer WhatsApp data from old iPhone stored in computer to new iPhone via iTunes. Don't know how to do it? Follow below to learn how to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone using iTunes.

Step 1. Download the latest iTunes on your computer and connect your old iPhone to your computer. Launch the app and tap the iPhone icon.

Step 2. Select Summary on the taskbar and tap Back Up Now and wait for the backup to finish disconnecting your iPhone and PC.

click Back Up Now

Step 3. Connect your iPhone 12 to PC. Tap the iPhone icon on the iTunes homepage and then tap the Restore Backup button.

iPhone restore backup

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iTunes can't just back up WhatsApp data, all you need to make sure you have enough space on PC to store all your iPhone data. If you have a lot of data, we don't recommend this method, you can continue reading below.

Way 3. Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 with Email

The above two have certain requirements for the network, iCloud, and PC storage space, and may not be suitable for all users. If you just want to transfer WhatsApp messages and pictures from old iPhone to iPhone 12, then you can choose to try Email. It's worth mentioning that email can't help you transfer WhatsApp conversations, so if you don't mind, follow the steps.

Step 1. Open WhatsApp on old iPhone, select a contact and swipe left in the column, click More, and select Email Chat in the pop-up window.

Click More

Step 2. On the next screen, select Attach Media or Without Media.

Step 3. Enter the email address where you received WhatsApp data on your iPhone 12 and tap Send in the upper right corner.

Step 4. Log in to your email on your iPhone 12 and receive the WhatsApp data you just sent.

Enter email to transfer WhatsApp chat

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This method only supports sending messages one by one, which is not very suitable for transferring a large amount of WhatsApp data to iPhone 12.

Way 4. Transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12 with easy tool

All three of the above methods are effective, but the limitations can be a headache. Don't worry, we recommend you use a professional iPhone WhatsApp transfer tool - FoneTool. This is the easiest way to transfer WhatsApp data to another iPhone. You can quickly transfer WhatsApp photos, contacts, messages, and more between two iOS devices.

Supports offline transfer. By connecting iPhone and computer via USB, the transfer process can be done offline without relying on the network.
Fast transfer speed. The powerful tool provides ultra-fast transfer speeds. Transfer more than 100 pictures in just 3 seconds.
No data loss. FoneTool is 100% data-safe, so you can transfer all your WhatsApp data at once without worrying about losing them.
Easy to use. FoneTool has an intuitive interface to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone 12 in just three steps, without any experience for you.

Read the steps to learn how to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to iPhone with ease.

Step 1. Launch FoneTool on your PC, connect two iPhones to your computer, and tap Trust on your phone's screen.

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Step 2. Select WhatsApp Manager in the left taskbar, make sure your old iPhone is on the left and iPhone 12 is on the right, and tap the Transfer Now button.

transfer now

Step 3. Next, a prompt as shown in the image may pop up on your screen, please go ahead and enter your old iPhone passcode, and tap OK to confirm.

passcode required

Final words

This is how to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone 12, and you can choose either method to do it. To improve the efficiency and security of transferring WhatsApp data, we recommend users to use the fourth method. This method can not only transfer WhatsApp, but also transfer iPhone other data to new iPhone, and backup iPhone data to protect important information.

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