By Lena twitter / Last update March 9, 2023

WhatsApp is probably the most popular instant messaging app in the world. We like WhatsApp because of its convenience when it comes to communication. With WhatsApp, we can send messages, share photos, videos, documents, etc., and even make voice and video calls. WhatsApp is an important part of our social life and sometimes we may need to move WhatsApp from iOS to iOS.

โ— When upgrading to a new iPhone, most people would choose to transfer WhatsApp, after all, there are many important conversations.
โ— For some interesting or important chats, some users would like to share them with others or export them to another phone as a backup.

Fortunately, iOS to iOS WhatsApp transfer are very easy to complete. Here in this guide, I’ll show you how to transfer WhatsApp from iOS to iOS. There are 3 proven methods. You can read first and then choose the best way to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone.

Way 1. How to transfer WhatsApp from iOS to iOS via backup

WhatsApp knows that the messages are important to you so it offers a backup solution. It allows you to backup WhatsApp to iCloud and restore the backup when you need it. The good news is that the backup can be restored to any iPhone that uses the same Apple ID. So you can take advantage of this feature to complete iOS to iOS WhatsApp transfer.

Step 1. Backup WhatsApp to iCloud

Open WhatsApp on the source iPhone > Go to Settings > Chats > Chats Backup to create a backup. Once you see that the backup is done you can go to the target iPhone to restore the backup.

Backup WhatsApp

Step 2. Restore WhatsApp from iCloud

  • Make sure you have signed in with the same Apple ID.
  • Uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.
  • Open WhatsApp > Enter your phone number and verification code.
  • Then WhatsApp will check if there is a backup > Once found, you will be asked if you want to restore this backup, just tap Restore Chat History to confirm.

Restore Chat Backup

Please make sure there is enough storage space on your iCloud and iPhone. The space available in your iCloud and iPhone should be at least 2.05 times larger than the backup.
WhatsApp backups are tied to phone number. So you can only restore backup to the same account.

Way 2. How to transfer WhatsApp from iOS to iOS without backup

Using WhatsApp backup to transfer WhatsApp is convenient but there are some requirements you need to meet. You need to make sure there is enough storage space and you can only restore the backup to the same account. What if there is not enough space or you want to transfer WhatsApp to another account? In this case, you can use iOS to iOS WhatsApp transfer software - FoneTool.

WhatsApp transfer iOS to iOS is as easy as ABC with the help FoneTool. It is a good choice if you want to:

FoneTool will transfer entire WhatsApp chats including photos, videos, and documents. You can click the download button to get FoneTool and follow the steps below to transfer WhatsApp messages.

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1. Launch FoneTool > Connect two iPhones to computer via the USB cable.

2. Choose WhatsApp Transfer > You can click the switch button to change the source iPhone and the target iPhone > Then click Transfer Now.

Transfer Now

3. Click Confirm after reading the notes > If asked, enter your passcode to start the transfer.


Do not disconnect two iPhones until the transfer is complete. When the transfer is complete, follow the on-screen prompts to do some settings and then you can start using WhatsApp.

๐Ÿ“ FoneTool also supports transferring other files. If needed, you can go to Phone Transfer to move other files.

Phone Transfer

Way 3. How to transfer WhatsApp from iOS to iOS via email

If you want to know WhatsApp transfer iOS to iOS because you want to share messages with others, then you can choose to export WhatsApp chat from iPhone to email. The built-in export feature of WhatsApp can help you export WhatsApp chat with or without the media files.

1. Open WhatsApp and chooce the chat you want to export.

2. Tap the name of the chat > Choose Export Chat > Select Attach Media or Without Media as per your needs.

3. Choose Mail app > Enter the email address and send it.

4. After that, you can check the email and download WhatsApp messages on the target iPhone.

Email WhatsApp chat

๐Ÿ“ The export messages will be saved in .txt documents. However, you can only export one chat at a time and you can only export up to 40,000 messages. It may be not a good choice if you want to export large WhatsApp chat.

Final words

That's all about how to transfer WhatsApp from iOS to iOS.

  • Usually, you can complete the transfer via backup and restore.
  • To transfer chats to another account, you can use WhatsApp transfer software.
  • To share one or two chats with others, simply email the chat you need with the export feature.

Hope you have a clear understanding of WhatsApp transfer iOS to iOS after reading this guide!

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