WhatsApp is one of the commonly used social apps, most people on the planet use them to keep in touch with families, friends,and relatives, via text messages or voice messages. Not only dose WhatsApp play a role of connecting with people, but also function as a memory collector. When we make a switch to a new Android phone, most of users are probably inclined to transfer WhatsApp messages from old phone to new Android phone. There are two cases as below for transferring them, read on and find the one you like.

Transferring WhatsApp to new Android phone via local backup

  1. Go to WhatsApp > Menu Button > Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup.
  2. If your phone has an external SD card, take the SD card out of your old phone, and put it into your new one; but if your phone is with an internal memory or internal SD card, you’ll need to connect your Android phone to PC and navigate to the /sdcard/WhatsApp/ folder where your WhatsApp messages saved with a date (Note: some messages may be missing).
  3. Install WhatsApp in your new Android phone
  4. Connect your new Android phone to the PC via USB. Since you’ve already downloaded WhatsApp onto your new device, the folder WhatsApp / Databases should now exist. If not, you can manually create a new Databases folder in the WhatsApp folder.
  5. Copy your /sdcard/WhatsApp/ folder on the old mobile to the same folder on the new phone

Now open WhatsApp and verify your number, it will automatically find the backup folder, and then prompt if you would like to restore. Once restored, your old chat messages should appear on your new device.

Transferring WhatsApp to new Android device via Google Drive

Except moving WhatsApp messages to another phone via the local file, you have another easier option— using Google Drive to restore the messages from backup. Supposing that you prefer this way, you must make sure that your conditions satisfy the following requirements:

Your Android mobile is synced with Google Drive.

Google Play Services is installed

Both your Google Drive account and mobile phone have enough space for your WhatsApp data backup.


To create a Google Drive backup:

  1. Open WhatsApp, and go to Menu Button > Settings > Chats and calls > Chat backup.
  2. Tap on “Back up” to Google Drive and select a backup frequency to your liking other than “Never”, or tap “Back Up” to do an immediate backup.
  3. Select a Google account that you used to back up chat messages. If you do not have a Google account, tap Add account to create one.
  4. Tap on Back up over to choose the network you wish to use for backup. Please note that backing up over cellular may result in additional data charges.


Note: Each time you back up data to Google Drive with your Google account, the previous Google Drive backup will be overwritten which can’t be recovered for good.

To restore from a Google Drive backup

Logged into the same Google account on new Android device, you should use the same phone number for WhatsApp to verify number. With your number verified, you will be prompted to restore your messages and media from Google Drive. When the restoration is complete, tap on “Next”. Once initialization is complete your chats will be displayed with the following media restoration.