[4 Ways] WhatsApp Data Migration from iPhone to iPhone

Don’t want to lose any chat history in WhatsApp when have got a new iPhone? Then, you may think of how to perform a WhatsApp data migration. Keep reading this guide to get 4 effective ways to make it.

Demi by Demi Updated October 10, 2023
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If WhatsApp is your primary method of communication, you will almost certainly need to complete a WhatsApp data migration while switching to a new iPhone from the old one.

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If you do, keep reading this guide to learn four practical ways to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone in every detail, and choose one from them as per your need.

Part 1. WhatsApp data migration with iCloud

If you purchased enough iCloud storage to backup your iPhone, you can achieve iPhone data migration including WhatsApp data in two ways with iCloud. One is to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone only, and the other is to restore your whole iCloud backup while setting up your new iPhone.

Way 1. Transfer only WhatsApp chats to iPhone

Within the WhatsApp app, you are given a feature to let iCloud backup WhatsApp, and keep all WhatsApp chat, attachments, etc. safe individually. You can choose to restore the only WhatsApp backup from iCloud to get the app migrated to new iPhone.

Now, follow the steps below to know how to backup and restore WhatsApp chat to iPhone.

How to backup WhatsApp to iCloud
Before the backup process, please check you have enough iCloud space, have stable Wi-Fi connected, and have used the same phone number on both WhatsApp and iCloud.

Step 1. Go to your iPhone Settings > Tap [your name] and choose iCloud > Toggle on the switches beside iCloud Drive and WhatsApp if they are noted enabled.

iCloud Drive

Step 2. Go to the WhatsApp app > Goo to its Settings > Choose Chats > Click Chat Backup.

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

For daily WhatsApp backup, you can enable Auto Backup to automatic WhatsApp backup and set its frequency to daily, weekly, or monthly.

iCloud WhatsApp backup

How to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone only with iCloud
Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp on your iPhone > Verify your phone number > Tap Restore Chat History > Follow the onscreen instructions to complete data restore.

WhatsApp restore backup

Way 2. Transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone with iCloud backup

You can also achieve WhatsApp data migration process when restore iPhone from backup with iCloud. By restoring the whole iCloud backup to new iPhone, you can get WhatsApp chats on new iPhone.

Step 1. Setup your new iPhone > When you head to the Set Up your iPhone page, choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

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

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When finish the iCloud restore process, the WhatsApp app will be downloaded automatically, and you can get WhatsApp chats migrated to new iPhone.

Part 2. WhatsApp data transfer without iCloud

What if the old iPhone you want to use to save WhatsApp messages and other data doesn’t have enough iCloud storage space or WhatsApp failed to restore backup? You might wonder how to achieve WhatsApp data transfer from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. The two methods in this section will be helpful to you.

Way 3. One-click WhatsApp data migration from iPhone to iPhone

Without taking time to backup old iPhone, you are able to complete WhatsApp data migration in one-click with the help of FoneTool, a professional iOS data transfer and backup software.


• No data loss. Not only all WhatsApp messages, all your photos, attachments, Bookmarks, etc. in WhatsApp will be transferred to new iPhone.

• Clear interface and simple steps. FoneTool is easy to handle and there are not many things to do for you if you want to switch WhatsApp data from the old iPhone to a new iPhone.

• No account limitation. FoneTool can help transfer WhatsApp chats to new iPhone whether you sign into WhatsApp and iCloud with the same phone number or not.

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Step 1. Connect your old iPhone and new iPhone to computer > Tap Trust This Computer on both iPhones.

Step 2. Launch FoneTool, click WhatsApp Transfer from the left pane on the main interface > Make sure your two devices are listed in the right place, and click Transfer Now to begin.

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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.

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The transfer task will finish, after which your new iPhone will restart automatically. You will then be prompted to set up Home Screen access. And that’s it. Your new iPhone has been copied with all of WhatsApp data.

Way 4. Transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone via email

You can also try a wireless WhatsApp data migration way to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone via email. While please be noted that you can only export the WhatsApp chat history for one contact at a time.

Besides, the in-app export feature in WhatsApp limits you to export only 10,000 recent messages with media, and 40,000 messages without media. If you don’t mind, follow the steps below to complete WhatsApp data transfer from iPhone to iPhone via email.

Step 1. On your iPhone, open WhatsApp and click the chat you’d like to export > Tap the name of the contact > Choose 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.

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You can repeat the steps above to export more chats. And just go to your email client on your new iPhone to check WhatsApp chats on new iPhone.


That’s all for the four effective ways to complete WhatsApp data migration task. No matter whether you choose to restore iCloud backup or utilize the iOS data transfer tool - FoneTool or email, hope you won’t lose anything important. Is this guide helpful? Please share it with others.

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