Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, unveiled a new function for WhatsApp, the platform’s instant messaging application, on Friday.
The CEO of Meta claims that customers will now be able to easily and securely move their chat history between devices. Currently, the transfer can only occur if both devices are running the same OS (operating system). The new capability streamlines and speeds up the process of sending messages and larger attachments from one device to another.
Zuckerberg stated in a post shared by Meta CEO on his official Facebook page, “If you want to move your WhatsApp chats to a new phone, you can now do it more privately without your chats ever leaving your devices.” Apparently, the use of QR code authentication will now allow users to share their chat history. In order to demonstrate the new method, he also provided a demonstration video.
WhatsApp users could already move their chat history across phones, but the new QR code form of chat transfer makes the process safer. Users can currently update the backup on cloud services or utilize third-party apps to transfer their conversation history.
Users no longer need to exit their apps on one device in order to move data to the other phone thanks to the new procedure. Without any third-party apps or third-party services in the way, the data simply travels between two smartphones and remains secure.
Therefore, users won’t need to make a backup of their data in order to transfer their chat history or media files. Both devices must have location enabled and be physically connected to Wi-Fi in order to transfer data via a QR code. By navigating to Settings > Chats > Chats Transfer > Scan the QR code with the new device, one can transfer chats and media from an old phone.