Transfering your WhatsApp chats to a new phone is a pain in the rump. You either create a local backup and restore it individually, or wait for the cloud backup to restore. It's either slow, or hellishly inconvenient.

Yesterday, our tech overlords at Meta revealed a new feature that lets you just scan a QR code and transfer the entire WhatsApp chat history to a new phone. Just make sure that both the phones are connected to the same internet network.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp on your phone and follow this path: Settings > Chats > Chat Transfer.
  2. Once you click on the Chat Transfer option, the screen will show a QR code.
  3. On your new phone, open WhatsApp and scan the QR code to start the transfer.
WhatsApp QR code scan to transfer chats
Credit: Athenil Media

4. Once the transfer is complete, you are good to go following an OTP verification for your phone number.

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