How Can I Use my Old WhatsApp Account on My New Phone

“I have bought a new phone, but I can’t transfer WhatsApp account and its content to it. Will I be able to retrieve my data back?”

Recently, we have got plenty of queries like this. We all buy new phones and transfer our data from one device to another. While it doesn’t take any effort to move pictures or music files, users often find it hard to transfer WhatsApp account to new phone. If you are also going through the same dilemma, then don’t worry. We have a quick and easy fix for you. In this guide, we will teach you how to transfer WhatsApp account in a seamless manner. Simply follow this stepwise tutorial and never lose your data again.

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Part 1. Transfer your WhatsApp account to a new phone

With a user base of over one billion, WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms out there. It comes with plenty of added features and provides a way for its users to transfer WhatsApp account from one device to another. If you have got a new phone (or even a new SIM), then you can easily move your WhatsApp data without any trouble. Follow these steps to learn how to transfer WhatsApp account to a new phone.

Step 1. Change your number

If you have bought a new SIM as well, then you need to follow this step. Nevertheless, if you wish to simply transfer WhatsApp account to new phone without changing SIM, then you can skip this step.

To switch your number, open WhatsApp on your device and visit its Settings > Accounts > Change Number option. Read the instructions and tap on the “Next” button to continue.

Old WhatsApp Account on my New Phone-setting

Firstly, provide your existing number and confirm your choice with a one-time security code.

Old WhatsApp Account on my New Phone-provide number

Afterward, you will be required to enter your new number as well. WhatsApp might send a message from the number to verify it.

Old WhatsApp Account on my New Phone-add new number

Just tap on the “Done” button and let WhatsApp perform the needed steps to switch your number.

Step 2. Take backup of your chats

In order to transfer WhatsApp account without losing your data, you need to take a backup of your chat. You can save the backup on Google Drive/iCloud or your phone’s internal storage. Since you would be moving to a new phone, we recommend taking a backup on Google Drive.

To do this, visit Account > Chats > Chat Backup and tap on the “Backup” button. This will start taking a backup of your chat history on Google Drive. You can check the “Account” section to make sure if the listed Gmail account is correct or not.

Old WhatsApp Account on my New Phone-Backup

Step 3. Recover your data

Now, simply download the backup from Google Drive on your new phone and install WhatsApp. As soon as you would launch the application, it will recognize the backup and give the following prompt. Just tap on the “Restore” button to successfully transfer WhatsApp account to new phone.

Old WhatsApp Account on my New Phone-Restore

Wait for a while as the transfer process would be completed. Afterward, your chat history would be restored and you can use WhatsApp the usual way.

Part 2. How to Transfer old WhatsApp history to new phone

There are times when users forget to take a backup of their data or simply switch their number without restoring the content. This might cause the loss of chat history on WhatsApp. If you wish to transfer WhatsApp account without losing your data, then you can always take the assistance of dr.fone - Restore Social App by Wondershare. The software is compatible with all the leading Android and iOS devices and runs on MAC and Windows systems.

It is a reliable WhatsApp management tool that can help you move WhatsApp messages/videos/photos from one device to another without much trouble. By this way, you can transfer WhatsApp account to new phone without losing your chat history.

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Learn how to transfer WhatsApp account by following these instructions.

Step 1. Launch the tool and connect both the devices.

To start with, launch the dr.fone tool on your system. Connect your old and new phones to the system using USB cables. From the welcome screen, choose the option of "Restore Social App" to commence the process.

Old WhatsApp Account on my New Phone-phone to phone transfer

Step 2. Transfer WhatsApp account and other data

Click "WhatsApp" from the left blue column and choose "Transfer WhatsApp messages". The interface will automatically recognize the source and the target phones.

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You can always use the “Flip” button to change the position of the devices. After all work is done, click "Transfer". Wait for a while as the application will automatically transfer WhatsApp data from your old to new phone. You can get to know about its progress from an on-screen indicator.

transfer whatsApp account and messages
This screen takes iPhone to Android WhatsApp transfer as an example. Actually it also supports WhatsApp transfer from iPhone to iPhone, Android to Android, and Android to iPhone.

When the process is successfully completed, safely remove both the devices and use your newly transferred WhatsApp data on your new phone. If you already have WhatsApp on your new device, note that the process will clear its WhatsApp data and replace with those from the source device.

Part 3. Tips to Change your WhatsApp Number

Now when you know how to transfer WhatsApp account from one phone to another, you can easily make this move without losing your data. Though, while changing your phone, you should consider the following tips for an easy transition.

Restore your chats manually

If after switching to a new device, WhatsApp is not able to recognize the backup, then you can always manually restore your chats. To do this, visit your Account > Chat > Chat Settings and tap on the option of “Backup Conversations”. From here, you can restore your chats again.

Old WhatsApp Account on my New Phone-Backup Conversations

Delete your account

If you have lost an old SIM or are not able to switch numbers (without the verification code), then you can always choose to delete your account as well. To do this, go to Settings > Accounts and tap on the option of “Delete Account”. Though, before doing so, make sure that you have already taken a complete backup of your chats.

Old WhatsApp Account on my New Phone-Delete your account

Make sure your number is active

If you are changing a SIM as well (with a phone), then make sure that your new number is active. WhatsApp won’t be able to verify it without sending a message from your number to its server (or vice versa). You can also go to Settings and tap on your profile to check the active number associated with WhatsApp.

Follow the above-mentioned suggestions and transfer WhatsApp account to new phone in a seamless manner. This will let you use WhatsApp on a new phone without losing your chat history or data. You can even use this method if you have bought a new SIM as well. Use dr.fone - Switch by Wondershare to perform a hassle-free transfer from one phone to another in no time.

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