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How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by NaijaTechGuy(m): 7:02am On Jul 20, 2018
Switching to a new phone gives you that happy and enthusiastic feeling until you remember your WhatsApp chats.

Normally there are actually two ways to reinstall WhatsApp without losing your chats -

Using a local backup
Using Google Drive

Most tech savvy people would actually use the Google drive feature because it's easier but it doesn't guarantee you will get your last chats because WhatsApp automatically backs up chats by 2.am and if your data connection isn't turned on at that time, your chat backup would not be uploaded to Google Drive only the local backup would be kept and if you don't know how to restore it properly you will lose your chats

So without further ado lets get started on how to restore your chats on a new phone using a local backup.

1. Install Xender On Both Phones Then Open Xender on both as well and connect the phones.

2.Go To File Manager > WhatsApp > Databases

3. Mark And Send The Databases Folder To The New Phone then close Xender

4.Install WhatsApp on the new phone but don't launch it yet (If you have already launched it long press the WhatsApp icon till an info logo (i) comes up then click on it or drag the icon towards it, this will vary depending on the launcher you are using. Once you do that click on the clear data option)

At this point you are done with the old device. Let's set it up on your new device

5. On the new device Go To Your File Manager > WhatsApp > Databases then delete the Databases Folder

6. Go To File Manager > Xender > Folder

7. Copy The Databases folder and go to the WhatsApp folder and paste it there

8. Launch WhatsApp and continue the installation process

9. WhatsApp will detect the backups them restore your chats for you


Note: If you have a memory card try the whole process within your memory card first. If it doesn't work for you then try with your phones inbuilt storage.

https://www.naijatechguy.com/2018/07/how-to-switch-to-new-smartphone-without.html

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by tayebest(m): 7:08am On Jul 20, 2018
Op if you can explain with pictures, it will be better.

But, I'm flexing with my GBwhatsapp wink

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by Meajor(m): 7:12am On Jul 20, 2018
OP na since last four year God change my level. But see this..... abeg make una no vex.... I felt like dropping Dis for someone...

The enemy would not fight you if you didn’t carry something valuable! They try to tackle the one with the ball not the one on the bench! #valuable #MVP

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by Altern8(m): 7:12am On Jul 20, 2018
That’s for Android users. Moving from android to iOS is another story.

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by ellee(m): 7:12am On Jul 20, 2018
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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by sadiktofa(m): 7:14am On Jul 20, 2018
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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by BIXYBABE(f): 7:15am On Jul 20, 2018
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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by Obierika: 7:16am On Jul 20, 2018
This sounds like a complicated process

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by DEIFIED(m): 7:23am On Jul 20, 2018
I have done several time.
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by olasaad(f): 7:24am On Jul 20, 2018
NaijaTechGuy:
Switching to a new phone gives you that happy and enthusiastic feeling until you remember your WhatsApp chats.

Normally there are actually two ways to reinstall WhatsApp without losing your chats -

Using a local backup
Using Google Drive

Most tech savvy people would actually use the Google drive feature because it's easier but it doesn't guarantee you will get your last chats because WhatsApp automatically backs up chats by 2.am and if your data connection isn't turned on at that time, your chat backup would not be uploaded to Google Drive only the local backup would be kept and if you don't know how to restore it properly you will lose your chats

So without further ado lets get started on how to restore your chats on a new phone using a local backup.

1. Install Xender On Both Phones Then Open Xender on both as well and connect the phones.

2.Go To File Manager > WhatsApp > Databases

3. Mark And Send The Databases Folder To The New Phone then close Xender

4.Install WhatsApp on the new phone but don't launch it yet (If you have already launched it long press the WhatsApp icon till an info logo (i) comes up then click on it or drag the icon towards it, this will vary depending on the launcher you are using. Once you do that click on the clear data option)

At this point you are done with the old device. Let's set it up on your new device

5. On the new device Go To Your File Manager > WhatsApp > Databases then delete the Databases Folder

6. Go To File Manager > Xender > Folder

7. Copy The Databases folder and go to the WhatsApp folder and paste it there

8. Launch WhatsApp and continue the installation process

9. WhatsApp will detect the backups them restore your chats for you


Note: If you have a memory card try the whole process within your memory card first. If it doesn't work for you then try with your phones inbuilt storage.

https://www.naijatechguy.com/2018/07/how-to-switch-to-new-smartphone-without.html

Op. What of Lumia to Android

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by INTEGRITYA1(m): 7:29am On Jul 20, 2018
Beautiful
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by AreaFada2: 7:34am On Jul 20, 2018
olasaad:


Op. What of Lumia to Android

Good question.

And what if you use Nigeria number WhatsApp say in North America but changing to a new android phone. You want to retain the Nigeria number WhatsApp and chat history. The Nigeria number itself is not active anymore. Complicated I guess.

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by Ubty: 7:35am On Jul 20, 2018
Have and issue. My what'sapp database files is always to the tune of 135-240 Mb (only one of those files, and they accumulate). So I always need to delete them to have space on my phone. But what I see on other folks phones are just 2Mb or so. How can I resolve this?
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by Revolva(m): 7:39am On Jul 20, 2018
too late....

i don move to a new phone gionee M7 power

i lost many whatsapp chat
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by stano2(m): 7:40am On Jul 20, 2018
Nice one.. I have been using this method for 4 years now..

Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by phemmyfour: 7:42am On Jul 20, 2018
No4 is confusing

4.Install WhatsApp on the new phone but don't launch it yet (If you have already launched it long press the WhatsApp icon till an info logo (i) comes up then click on it or drag the icon towards it, this will vary depending on the launcher you are using. Once you do that click on the clear data option)

At this point you are done with the old device. Let's set it up on your new device

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by teewhydope(m): 7:43am On Jul 20, 2018
Ubty:
Have and issue. My what'sapp database files is always to the tune of 135-240 Mb (only one of those files, and they accumulate). So I always need to delete them to have space on my phone. But what I see on other folks phones are just 2Mb or so. How can I resolve this?

probably because your whatsapp chat backup everyday, nothing you can do about it. for your friend, maybe he doesn't keep many whatsapp messages.

Mine is close to 1.2gb, I've been keeping chats since 2016

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by Lomprico2: 7:49am On Jul 20, 2018
tayebest:
Op if you can explain with pictures, it will be better.


But, I'm flexing with my GBwhatsapp wink

Which one be gbwhatsapp?
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by abumeinben(m): 7:52am On Jul 20, 2018
NaijaTechGuy:
Switching to a new phone gives you that happy and enthusiastic feeling until you remember your WhatsApp chats.

Normally there are actually two ways to reinstall WhatsApp without losing your chats -

Using a local backup
Using Google Drive

Most tech savvy people would actually use the Google drive feature because it's easier but it doesn't guarantee you will get your last chats because WhatsApp automatically backs up chats by 2.am and if your data connection isn't turned on at that time, your chat backup would not be uploaded to Google Drive only the local backup would be kept and if you don't know how to restore it properly you will lose your chats

So without further ado lets get started on how to restore your chats on a new phone using a local backup.

1. Install Xender On Both Phones Then Open Xender on both as well and connect the phones.

2.Go To File Manager > WhatsApp > Databases

3. Mark And Send The Databases Folder To The New Phone then close Xender

4.Install WhatsApp on the new phone but don't launch it yet (If you have already launched it long press the WhatsApp icon till an info logo (i) comes up then click on it or drag the icon towards it, this will vary depending on the launcher you are using. Once you do that click on the clear data option)

At this point you are done with the old device. Let's set it up on your new device

5. On the new device Go To Your File Manager > WhatsApp > Databases then delete the Databases Folder

6. Go To File Manager > Xender > Folder

7. Copy The Databases folder and go to the WhatsApp folder and paste it there

8. Launch WhatsApp and continue the installation process

9. WhatsApp will detect the backups them restore your chats for you


Note: If you have a memory card try the whole process within your memory card first. If it doesn't work for you then try with your phones inbuilt storage.

https://www.naijatechguy.com/2018/07/how-to-switch-to-new-smartphone-without.html

I hope you're aware WhatsApp works strictly with phone numbers...

Otherwise, I'll transfer your database to my phone and read all your chats.

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by NaijaTechGuy(m): 7:54am On Jul 20, 2018
abumeinben:


I hope you're aware WhatsApp works strictly with phone numbers...

Otherwise, I'll transfer your database to my phone and read all your chats.


I'm very much aware.. I clearly stated switching to a new phone not switching to a new phone number

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by oluplus(m): 7:55am On Jul 20, 2018
Thanks for sharing
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by NaijaTechGuy(m): 7:56am On Jul 20, 2018
phemmyfour:
No4 is confusing

4.Install WhatsApp on the new phone but don't launch it yet (If you have already launched it long press the WhatsApp icon till an info logo (i) comes up then click on it or drag the icon towards it, this will vary depending on the launcher you are using. Once you do that click on the clear data option)

At this point you are done with the old device. Let's set it up on your new device

To make things easier if you have already launched it, uninstall it and reinstall it without launching it.

Hope that clarifies it
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by twinskenny(m): 7:56am On Jul 20, 2018
NaijaTechGuy:
Switching to a new phone gives you that happy and enthusiastic feeling until you remember your WhatsApp chats.

Normally there are actually two ways to reinstall WhatsApp without losing your chats -

Using a local backup
Using Google Drive

Most tech savvy people would actually use the Google drive feature because it's easier but it doesn't guarantee you will get your last chats because WhatsApp automatically backs up chats by 2.am and if your data connection isn't turned on at that time, your chat backup would not be uploaded to Google Drive only the local backup would be kept and if you don't know how to restore it properly you will lose your chats

So without further ado lets get started on how to restore your chats on a new phone using a local backup.

1. Install Xender On Both Phones Then Open Xender on both as well and connect the phones.

2.Go To File Manager > WhatsApp > Databases

3. Mark And Send The Databases Folder To The New Phone then close Xender

4.Install WhatsApp on the new phone but don't launch it yet (If you have already launched it long press the WhatsApp icon till an info logo (i) comes up then click on it or drag the icon towards it, this will vary depending on the launcher you are using. Once you do that click on the clear data option)

At this point you are done with the old device. Let's set it up on your new device

5. On the new device Go To Your File Manager > WhatsApp > Databases then delete the Databases Folder

6. Go To File Manager > Xender > Folder

7. Copy The Databases folder and go to the WhatsApp folder and paste it there

8. Launch WhatsApp and continue the installation paarocess

9. WhatsApp will detect the backups them restore your chats for you


Note: If you have a memory card try the whole process within your memory card first. If it doesn't work for you then try with your phones inbuilt storage.

https://www.naijatechguy.com/2018/07/how-to-switch-to-new-smartphone-without.html

nice what if you want to switch from android to an iphone?
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by abumeinben(m): 7:58am On Jul 20, 2018
NaijaTechGuy:



I'm very much aware.. I clearly stated switching to a new phone not switching to a new phone number

Totally useless if you don't move the phone number as well.

Nice thread.
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by NaijaTechGuy(m): 7:59am On Jul 20, 2018
Ubty:
Have and issue. My what'sapp database files is always to the tune of 135-240 Mb (only one of those files, and they accumulate). So I always need to delete them to have space on my phone. But what I see on other folks phones are just 2Mb or so. How can I resolve this?

Whatsapp backs up everything everyday, so it's advisable to delete the old local backups and leave the new one. Your back up folder should have 2 files. One with a date and the other without.


Those you're seeing with 2MB database files either use Google Drive's daily backup or don't have much chats.
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by WhyNa: 8:01am On Jul 20, 2018
There's an easier way na. Just go to settings, and click on chat backup. That's ałl.

When you get the new phone, install whatsapp. The question do you want to retrieve or download (something like that) previous chats will be asked. Make sure you have data. Simply say yes and in less than 30 mins, your previous contacts and messages are back like in the old phone

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Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by geloorrrrdd(m): 8:02am On Jul 20, 2018
I've known this shii for more than four years.
Re: How To Switch To A New Smartphone Without Losing Your Whatsapp Chats by NaijaTechGuy(m): 8:02am On Jul 20, 2018
AreaFada2:


Good question.

And what if you use Nigeria number WhatsApp say in North America but changing to a new android phone. You want to retain the Nigeria number WhatsApp and chat history. The Nigeria number itself is not active anymore. Complicated I guess.

Without your old line active, that's almost impossible

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