How to Move WhatsApp to New iPhone with/Without iCloud

This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to move WhatsApp to new iPhone. With this guide, you can ensure that all your chats, photos, videos, and other attachments are safely transferred to your new iPhone without any effort.

Demi by Demi Updated November 21, 2023
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Are you upgrading to a new iPhone and wondering how to transfer your WhatsApp chats and data to the new iPhone? Well, you're in luck because it's a straightforward process that can be easily done.

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In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to move WhatsApp to new iPhone from your old iPhone or Android, including all your chats, photos, videos, and other attachments. So, let's get started!

Part 1. How to Move WhatsApp to new iPhone with iCloud

Most of you may think of using iCloud to move WhatsApp to new iPhone. Indeed, thanks to the auto backup feature of iCloud, it is easy and convenient to backup and restore the WhatsApp backup to new iPhone.

You must know that the iCloud free storage is limited to only 5 GB, which can quickly run out. Therefore, make sure you have enough iCloud space to save the backup files, and choose either way below to move WhatsApp to new iPhone according to your needs.

Option 1. Move WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone with in-app iCloud backup

You can enable iCloud to backup WhatsApp using the in-app backup function, and then move only WhatsApp iCloud backup to your new iPhone. Check the precautions that need to be met, and follow the steps to move WhatsApp to new iPhone.

• Your WhatsApp account and iCloud account should be the same.
• iOS 12 or later should be installed on your two iPhones.
• During the procedure, both iPhones must be connected to Wi-Fi.
• On your two iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Enable both iCloud Drive and WhatsApp.

Backup WhatsApp on old iPhone
Open the WhatsApp app on your old iPhone > Go to Settings Chats > Click Chat Backup. You can click Back Up Now to transfer WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone.

iCloud WhatsApp backup

Restore WhatsApp backup to new iPhone
Download and install the WhatsApp app on your new iPhone > Verify your phone number > Tap Restore Chat History > Follow the onscreen guide to move WhatsApp chats to new iPhone.

WhatsApp restore backup

Option 2. Move WhatsApp chat from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud backup

Since you have got a brand-new iPhone, you can also choose to restore the iPhone iCloud backup to new iPhone, so that you can transfer everything including WhatsApp data to new iPhone. The detailed steps are as follows.

On your old iPhone
Go to the Settings app > Tap [your name] > Tap iCloud > Toggle on iCloud Backup if it is disabled. Click Back Up Now to create a backup right now.

turn on iCloud backup

On your new iPhone
Set up your new iPhone until you get to the App & Data screen > Choose Restore from iCloud Backup > Choose the backup you just create > Finally, complete the setup process.

restore from iCloud backup apps screen

iCloud backup and restore can be slow, especially if you have a lot of data to move. What’s worse, you may encounter WhatsApp not transfer to new iPhone bug. If you seek solutions to move WhatsApp to new iPhone without iCloud, the methods in the next part are nice tries for you.

Part 2. How to move WhatsApp to new iPhone without iCloud

To avoid drawbacks and unexpected errors of iCloud backup you can try one of the following methods to move WhatsApp to new iPhone without iCloud. Look through them one after another, and choose the one to meet your demands.

1# One-click to move WhatsApp to new iPhone

Without complicated backup and restore process, FoneTool, the professional data transfer tool for iOS devices, can help you move all WhatsApp files to new iPhone in one-click.


No data loss. FoneTool helps transfer all WhatsApp chat history, media files, attachments, etc.

User-friendly interface. The easy-to-use FoneTool transfer WhatsApp files quickly and efficiently in one click.

Security & reliability. Offline transfer via FoneTool prevent your private chat from leakage, which is also reliable and not cash or fail.

Compatibility. FoneTool supports models of iPhone (from iPhone 4 to iPhone 15 series), iPad, and iPod.

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Steps to move WhatsApp to new iPhone
Step 1. Install and launch FoneTool on your PC > Connect your old and new iPhone with USB.

Step 2. After FoneTool has recognized your iPhones, choose WhatsApp Transfer in the left pane > Confirm the source device and the target device > Click Transfer Now.

transfer now

Step 3. Read the messages on the pop-up window > If everything is OK, click Confirm.


Step 4. If asked, enter your passcode of your old iPhone to start the transfer > Click OK and the transfer starts.

passcode required

When the transfer is complete, follow the onscreen prompts on your new iPhone to do some settings. Then you can use your WhatsApp as usual.

If you need to transfer other files to new iPhone, for example, switch all data to new iPhone, the transfer modes in Phone Transfer page can do you a favor.

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2# Move WhatsApp from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes

If you prefer to move WhatsApp to new iPhone from backup without iCloud, iTunes will be a possible tool to help you. Follow the steps below to move WhatsApp to new iPhone without iCloud, but via iTunes.

Step 1. Install the latest iTunes on your computer and connect your old iPhone to your computer.

Step 2. Launch iTunes and tap the phone icon > Click Summary on the taskbar > Tap Back Up Now and wait for the backup to finish. Finally, disconnect the old iPhone from computer.

click backup now

Step 3. Connect your new iPhone to PC. Tap the phone icon and tap the Restore Backup button.

iPhone restore backup

iTunes doesn’t backup only WhatsApp data, but all your iPhone data. If this is not what you have in mind, you can try other methods in this guide.

3# Transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone from Android/iPhone by email

If you just want to read WhatsApp messages and pictures on new iPhone, you can choose to try Email. It supports to transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone from Android and iPhone.

While, it is worth mentioning that the transferred WhatsApp chats can only be browsed in your email client on your new iPhone. If you don’t mind, here are the steps.

Step 1. On your old iPhone, go to the chat you’d like to transfer in the WhatsApp app > Tap the name of the contact > Choose Export Chat.

Step 2. Choose Attach Media if you want to transfer media files in the chat. Or, choose Without Media > Choose Mail > Type in your email address to send yourself the email.

save WhatsApp to email

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


In conclusion, with the help of iCloud or a third-party tool, you can easily move WhatsApp to new iPhone without losing any chats, media, and so on. Now, hope you can continue to stay connected with your friends and family on new iPhone without missing anything.

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