WhatsApp tests Android chat transfer without Google Drive

When WhatsApp first launched, the process of transferring conversations from one device to another was notoriously difficult and time-consuming. With the ‘Switch to iOS‘, WhatsApp made it possible to switch from Android to iOS without losing data. However, if users were to stick with Android, they would have to take the extra step of backing up their data to Google Drive before making the switch.

However, WhatsApp is now considering a ‘Chat Transfer to Android‘, which would make it unnecessary to save conversations on Google Drive. Knowing that your information will be safe if your phone is lost or stolen, you may be wondering what, if any, drawbacks there might be to regularly backing up your data.

For starters, Google doesn’t provide free unlimited storage, and many people prefer not to dedicate that space to storing their WhatsApp backups. Second, backup requires an internet connection, and since good internet service is still the future in some parts of the world, people couldn’t afford to use and pay for so much internet.

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If you recently upgraded to a new smartphone and want to move your ongoing conversations, this new feature will be extremely useful, as you won’t have to worry about whether your cloud backup is up to date or not. Even if your data is backed up, recovering it from Google Drive can still take a long time, especially if you have a bad connection, so this option can eliminate that as well.

The “Move Cats to Android” feature is said to be still in development and no information is available on when it will be released. However, it should release in future updates along with many other new features. We will keep you posted on these as new information becomes available. Until then, let us know what you think of this new feature and expect it to roll out.