WhatsApp announces major change for everyone who has an Apple or Android phone

WhatsApp is making a significant change to its platform for Apple and Android phone users, it announced yesterday (August 11).

The most widely used messaging platform in the world, WhatsApp is now enabling people to transfer their chat history between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems.

The feature has been years in the making and is coming to Android phones first.

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“Your WhatsApp messages belong to you. That’s why they are stored on your phone by default, and not accessible in the cloud like many other messaging services,” said WhatsApp product manager Sandeep Paruchuri, reports Birmingham Live

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“We’re excited for the first time to make it easy for people to securely transfer their WhatsApp history from one operating system to another.

“This has been one of our most requested features from users for years and we worked together with operating systems and device manufacturers to solve it.”

The Facebook-owned messaging service said the feature had been one of the most requested from its userbase and will be first rolled out on Android to Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3 phones.

The feature will then become available to wider Samsung devices that run Android 10 or higher in the coming weeks, WhatsApp also confirmed.

Yesterday (August 11)’s news came on an exciting day for Samsung fans, as the company also launched two new foldable smartphones.

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