WhatsApp is one of the most widely used instant messaging services all over the world. While it has improved over the years with new features and additions, one major caveat was the inability to transfer chats across platforms. WhatsApp does offer backup and restore functionality but it only works when switching from one Android to another, or one iPhone to another.
If you’re switching from an Android device to an iPhone or vice-versa, there was no official way to transfer your chat and media history from one phone to the other. Fortunately, that has now changed with WhatsApp’s official announcement at the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 launch last month.
For now, WhatsApp has rolled out the ability to transfer chats from an iPhone to an Android device. However, only Samsung phones are currently supported, but the feature will be made available to all Android devices in the near future. If the new foldables from Samsung convinced you to switch to Android from an iPhone, here’s how you can transfer all your WhatsApp data, including chats and media, from your old iPhone to your new Android device.
While WhatsApp has published a support article with instructions to transfer WhatsApp data from your old iPhone to your new Android, we found that the steps mentioned in that article are inaccurate, and following them will not help you migrate your data. So we decided to make the process simpler for you by breaking down the steps we followed to successfully carry out the migration process.
We performed the migration from an iPhone 12 Pro to a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. However, the process should work on any Samsung device running Android 10 and above.
How to Transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to Android
Before we begin, there are a few things to note here. The Android phone to which you want to transfer the data must be in a brand new state. Meaning it either needs to be just unboxed and not set up, or if it’s a phone you’ve already been using, you’ll have to factory reset it. We tried performing the steps on a phone that was already set up and in use, but it failed to work. Once we wiped the phone, we were able to transfer the data.
You’ll also need a USB-C to lightning cable for this process to work since the transfer happens via a wired connection and not wirelessly. The last thing you’ll need is some patience since the transfer process is painfully slow. Depending on how large your WhatsApp data is, the process may take even up to an hour.
Now we have all this out of the way, let’s get to the steps:
- When your Android phone is in a brand new state, or once you’ve factory reset it, connect it to an iPhone via the USB-C to lightning cable. Keep this cable plugged into both phones until the entire process is completed.
- The iPhone will give you a pop-up asking if you want to Trust this Computer. Select Trust.
- Begin the setup process on the Android phone by agreeing to the terms and conditions and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
- You’ll then see a screen asking if you want to transfer data from an existing device. Tap on yes, and the phone should now download the latest version of Smart Switch.
- Once Smart Switch has been launched, select Transfer from iPhone or iPad. You’ll now get an option to transfer WhatsApp chats from your iPhone accompanied by a QR code.
- Scan this QR code with your iPhone, or launch WhatsApp on your iPhone and navigate to Settings > Chats > Move Chats to Android.
- Tap on the option and your iPhone will start preparing your chats and other data to be transferred. Once done, it will ask you to continue on the new phone.
- On the Android device, you’ll now see the option to transfer other data from your iPhone like contacts, messages, photos, etc. You can select these options based on whether you want that data to be transferred to your new phone.
- Smart Switch will now ask you to install WhatsApp on the new phone to which you need to agree. You can also choose to install the other apps that were previously on your iPhone.
- Once you have performed these steps, the transfer process will begin. Depending on the data you’re transferring, this process may take anywhere between 30-60 minutes.
- After the setup is complete, open WhatsApp on your Android device and log in with the same phone number that was used to log into WhatsApp on your iPhone.
- When you log in, you should see the prompt asking you whether you want to transfer your chat history from the iPhone.
- Select Start and the transfer should take place in a few minutes.
- You’ll now have all your chats, images, videos, audio files, and just about everything from WhatsApp on your iPhone transferred to your Android device.
You have now successfully migrated your WhatsApp data from your iPhone to your new Android device!
You can install the rest of your apps and transfer any other data you may need and continue to use the phone. The chat transfer process for WhatsApp is slightly complex and involves a lot of work and time, but hopefully, it gets more seamless once the feature is rolled out to all Android devices.
Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Minecraft Edition Announced – CGMagazine
After 12 long years, the world’s best-selling video game, Minecraft is finally getting its own Secretlab chair, the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Minecraft Edition.
The Secretlab Minecraft gaming chair was created in partnership with Microsoft/Mojang Studios and the look was inspired by the game’s iconic enemy, Creeper. The chair is upholstered in the Secretlab SoftWeave Plus fabric, which was highly requested for the company’s special edition gaming chairs by fans.
The material in the special edition gaming chair is an advanced version of the original, highly popular SoftWeave material that has been upgraded to be more breathable and even more durable for owners of the chair. This basically means it keeps players cool and comfortable as they explore and create buildings/landscapes in games like Minecraft.
In addition, the Secretlab gaming chair’s structure featured interlaced yarn fibres that help visualizes the chair’s texture which is inspired by Minecraft’s intentional pixelated art style. Fans of the game will be able to see a black-and-green speckled fabric on the chair which mimics the grass block, one of the core building blocks of Minecraft, and the Creeper itself.
“I thought the Creeper’s backstory was extremely interesting—it’s hard to imagine that the most iconic mob in the game was created by mistake and was originally intended to be a pig,” Secretlab co-founder and CEO, Ian Ang said in a press release.
“The new knitting technique used in the Secretlab SoftWeave® Plus fabric opens up limitless design possibilities for us, and we couldn’t think of a better way to start than with the Creeper and what is probably the most influential game of the decade.”
Minecraft was released by Swedish video game developer, Mojang Studios more than 12 years ago and the studio was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 Billion USD. Since that time the franchise has spinoff into other games like Diablo-style game, Minecraft Dungeons and a Telltale adventure game.
Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time, which has sold more than 238 million copies. Currently, more than 140 million players play the game each month globally and in 2020, the best-selling game topped the charts as the most-watched content on YouTube with more than 200 billion views.
Apple Patent Offers Sketch of Possible Notch Implementation in New MacBook Pros – MacRumors
Following the last-minute rumor that Apple’s upcoming new MacBook Pro models could feature a notch at the top of the display, much of the online discussion has involved concerns that such a notch would encroach on the active screen area, potentially eating into the macOS menu bar.
However, it’s worth noting that Apple has explored ways of including a notch in a MacBook Pro display that would avoid ingression into the main screen area, make the notch appear seamless against a black strip, and potentially allow for additional information to be displayed to the user that would also free up menu bar space in the main 16:10 display.
For example, an Apple patent filed in 2019 with the U.S. patent office, titled “Electronic Device Display With Extended Active Area,” describes, among various embodiments, a laptop computer featuring a main rectangular screen and two “extended regions” between the screen and an inactive border, wherein “the first and second rectangular extended regions are on opposing sides of the camera.”
Specifically, the laptop’s “first and second rectangular extended regions display icons on a black background while the main rectangular region displays a rectangular picture.”
“The first and second extended regions may be located on opposing sides of a camera or other electrical component in a protruding portion or island-shaped portion of the inactive region. Icons or other information may be displayed on a black background in the extended regions, giving the display a continuous unbroken appearance.”
Such an implementation could potentially add system status information in a black strip above the macOS menu bar, but that would of course require a significant adjustment to the way the menu bar operates on these new Mac models in the final release of macOS Monterey, and there’s been no evidence of that so far.
The notch rumor, while seemingly sketchy on its own, has gained some traction since Friday, initially due to a discovery by MacRumors of screen resolutions that will feature in the redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.
In the macOS Monterey beta, MacRumors uncovered potential display resolutions of 3024×1964 and 3456×2234 for the rumored 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. When subtracting 74 pixels from the height of both, the resulting 3024×1890 and 3456×2160 resolutions work out to an aspect ratio of 16:10. All of Apple’s current MacBooks feature a 16:10 aspect ratio, leading to speculation that the extra 74 pixels could be for a notch.
The possibility that Friday’s rumor may have substance to it has further been bolstered by an alleged photo of a MacBook Pro screen with a notch that was originally shared by a Weibo account.
Apple is hosting a virtual event on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, with rumors widely suggesting the event will be focused on redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with a faster version of the M1 chip, brighter mini-LED displays, MagSafe, and additional connectivity.
Twitch says no passwords were leaked in security breach – Engadget
No passwords were exposed in the livestreaming service’s recent , according to the company. In on the incident, Twitch said it’s confident systems that store hashed login credentials weren’t accessed, nor were ACH/banking details. Twitch previously noted it doesn’t store full credit card numbers.
After reviewing information in the exposed files, Twitch says the breach “only affected a small fraction of users and the customer impact is minimal.” The leaked information mostly contained source code repository documents and a subset of payout details for streamers.
Twitch that someone was able to gain access to its servers due to a configuration change error. It fixed the issue and took measures to shore up its systems. “We take our responsibility to protect your data very seriously,” Twitch wrote. “We have taken steps to further secure our service, and we apologize to our community.”
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