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WhatsApp - The hell of moving from iPhone to Android!!

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones & Tablets' started by Spit, Jun 11, 2019 at 9:23 AM.

  1. Spit

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 8, 2003

    Posts: 6,163

    Location: Yorkshire

    I have been setting up my 7 Pro for the last week and getting used to it, I have been on iPhone for 5 years. Last thing to do was put my sim in the 7 Pro and setup WhatsApp.

    Wow, never occurred to me that its not easy! I tried Wazzap Migrator which didn't work and now I paid for Dr.Fone which is still trying to migrate 12 hours later.

    If I cant do this I am going to have to stay on iPhone as my life is on WhatsApp.

    Anything else to try?
     
  2. IvanDobskey

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 2, 2010

    Posts: 7,334

    Location: East Midlands

    I reckon apple make it as difficult to leave as possible. Worth the effort though. I have never wanted to go back since leaving for Android.

    And the 7 pro is a great phone by the way :)
     
  3. Alpherah

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 24, 2008

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    WhatsApp used to backup to their own servers, some years ago they switched to using google drive and icloud..

    Blame apple all you want but the blame lies firmly in WhatsApp’s basket
     
  4. reflux

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 15, 2007

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    Location: Enfield

    WhatsApp's model basically involves them storing the bare minimum they have to on their servers. They don't even store messages - which is one of the reasons why WhatsApp Web requires you to use your phone as a server.

    Wazzup migrator worked for a friend of mine but I think you might just need to keep the old phone hanging around somehow if you still want access to the old messages. Maybe put another SIM in it and change the active number on that Whatsapp account and form a new account on the new phone? If that makes sense?
     
  5. Spit

    Soldato

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    Location: Yorkshire

    I have given up lol and put the phone on MM.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
  6. IvanDobskey

    Soldato

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    Surely just send it back for a refund?
     
  7. AndyCr15

    Sgarrista

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    Location: London, UK

    But if WhatsApp did the same with both iOS and Android and Android lets you export... yes, I would blame Apple.
     
  8. bloodiedathame

    Soldato

    Joined: May 11, 2007

    Posts: 7,257

    Location: Surrey

    I found Apple to Android ok, the other way round however I couldn't do.
     
  9. Gigabit

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    It's a bit weird it doesn't use Google Drive on iOS. It's not like it isn't supported.
     
  10. brendy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 27, 2007

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    Hell of an overreaction, just request to be added to any groups you were on with the iPhone and make a screenshot of any info you need to keep. Perhaps you just aren't ready for android yet.
     
  11. Spit

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    Location: Yorkshire

    You are probably right.
     
  12. Podmonkey

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 22, 2010

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    Location: Sheffield

    I have just done this for the Mrs phone. Went from an iPhone 7 to a pixel 3a. Used a paid for program called backuptrans that was recommended by a few sites. It's a slow process but it worked. It made a backup using iTunes and then you can transfer to Android from the iTunes backup. Hours of my life lost but it did what was asked. There are multiple versions of the program that all do different tasks i.e. Android to iPhone and iPhone to Android are 2 different programs apparently.
     
  13. Broken Hope

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    Location: Nottingham

    You have an Apple Watch don’t you? Why would you move to Android and make your expensive watch useless?
     
  14. Scam

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

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    Location: London

    People clinging onto digital conversations like it's their whole world and life. Is that what we've come to?

    I use text messages and Whatsapp about the same amount - not much really. Why would you care if you lose old conversations? :confused:
     
  15. FishLicker

    Hitman

    Joined: Jan 17, 2015

    Posts: 992

    Agreed.

    The only time I would like to keep anything on WhatsApp is if it contained some information I needed, but then I'd have siphoned it off somewhere else anyway, and some of the pictures, but I'll just ensure I save those if I ever need to switch.

    However, I think we are in the minority judging the way most of my users are at work. I can sort of understand it to a degree but it's not the end of the world. Maybe they just think it makes them feel/look less popular! :D
     
  16. Rossi~

    Capodecina

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    Agreed.
     
  17. TALON1973

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    It's probably all the dodgy pics that he wants to keep. :D:p
     
  18. Scam

    Capodecina

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    Sure, but just save them? :confused:
     
  19. OspreyO

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    Joined: Dec 12, 2006

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    Welcome to the disadvantages of the closed system that is iPhone...

    Export Chat
    You can email yourself a chat history if you'd like to save a chat:

    1. Open the WhatsApp chat you want to email.
    2. Tap the contact's name or group subject.
    3. Tap Export Chat.
    4. Select if you want to Attach Media or email the chat Without Media.
    5. Tap the Mail app. You can also tap More for additional options.
    6. Enter your email address and tap Send.
    https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/iphone/20888066/
     
  20. Matthew.M

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Birmingham

    Groups carry over without issue when you log back in on a new device. It's just conversation history you lose.