How to Quickly Transfer WhatsApp Chats to New Phone without Backup

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms that is used globally. WhatsApp lets you text whoever you want no matter the device and operating system as long as you use WhatsApp via the app or the web browser. One cool feature of WhatsApp is that it lets you transfer your chats from your old device to your newer device.

Of course, you always have the option of saving your backups to Google Drive or iCloud on iOS, or you can manually move the backup files from your older device to your newer device.

But what if you don’t want to deal with managing backups? Well, you can make use of the Transfer Chat feature which is baked into WhatsApp. Want to know how?

Here’s our guide.


  • Android devices running on Android 5.0 or newer
  • iPhones running on iOS 12.0 or newer
  • The latest version of WhatsApp on both devices
  • WiFi network
  • The same number is to be used for both devices

How to Transfer WhatsApp Chats to a New Phone without Backup

WhatsApp does not have any servers where you can back up all of your data. You have to either backup the data locally on your device or make use of cloud storage like Google Drive or iCloud. In fairness, not everyone wants to backup their data onto Google Drive or iCloud, and neither do people have the time to manually create and move backups from device to device. WhatsApp’s Chat Transfer makes migrating to a newer device quick and easy.

Note: Please keep in mind that this feature only works for transferring chats between Android devices or between iPhones. It is not possible to transfer chats from Android to iPhone or vice versa using this method.

Steps to Follow on Your Old Phone

Step 1: Launch WhatsApp and tap on the three dots menu at the top right corner.

Step 2: From that menu tap on Settings.

Step 3: Scroll down and tap on the Chats option.

Step 4: Select the Transfer Chats options and finally tap on Start.

Next, you’re going to grab the new phone and follow these steps.

Steps to Follow on Your New Phone

Step 1: Install (Android and iOS) and launch WhatsApp on your new phone.

Step 2: Select your desired language and accept the terms and conditions laid down by WhatsApp.

Step 3: Tap on the Verify Phone number option and enter the number.

Step 4: You will get a code from WhatsApp on your old phone. Enter that code on your new phone.

Step 5: Now, tap on Transfer Chat History from the old phone.

Step 6: You will have to accept several permissions.

How to Transfer WhatsApp Chats without Backup

Step 7: With the permissions accepted, you will now see a QR code displayed on your screen.

Step 8: Using your old phone, scan the QR code displayed on your new phone.

Step 9: Accept the connection invitation to connect on your newer phone.

Step 10: Your WhatsApp chat history will now begin the transfer process.

How to Transfer WhatsApp Chats without Backup

Step 11: A progress bar showing you the percentage is also displayed.

Step 12: Once the transfer is complete, simply turn on the Done.

The chat transfer process can take some time. Depending on how much other media and chats are there for WhatsApp to transfer. While the transfer is going on, be sure to not switch to any other screen or keep both devices away from each other. Doping so will simply cause the transfers to stop or take long

Wrapping Up

So there you have it, a simple and hassle-free way to transfer WhatsApp chats from your older phone to your newer phone. The process to complete this will depend on the data that needs to be transferred.

Do give this feature a try if you plan to upgrade to a newer Android smartphone or iPhone and want to continue with your WhatsApp account on the new phone.

Share your thoughts about this new transfer feature in the comments section below.

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