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Let’s say you bought a brand new iPhone XS and you want to transfer WhatsApp messages from your old iPhone to your new iPhone. But wait! You’ve already set up your new iPhone XS, received some cute text messages from your friends but haven’t transferred your WhatsApp history.

You might be thinking that you need to reset your new iPhone to factory settings (which will erase all the data) to be able to restore WhatsApp history from iCloud. Right?

Not necessarily! With CopyTrans Shelbee you can transfer WhatsApp to new phone without iCloud and without completely erasing your iPhone. Let’s get going!

How to transfer WhatsApp messages to the new iPhone

  1. First, you will need to do a backup of your old iPhone with CopyTrans Shelbee in order to save WhatsApp chats. Download CopyTrans Shelbee from the following page:

    Download CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Shelbee, please refer to the Installation guide.

  3. Run the program and plug your iPhone to the PC. Click Backup. Choose Backup in the main menu

  4. Click Full Backup. Choose Full Backup

  5. Choose a location you want to backup to (like to the Desktop, so you can easily find the backup later) and click Start. Start backup iPhone without iTunes

  6. Wait until the backup is done.iPhone backup successful

  7. Now, we are ready for the WhatsApp transfer! To transfer your WhatsApp to the new iPhone without erasing the existing data, choose the Custom restore option from the main menu. Custom restore in CopyTrans Shelbee

  8. To choose the backup you just did, click on the pencil icon.Select a backup to restore from

  9. Select the backup that contains the WhatsApp messages and click Next. Select iPhone backup to restore from

  10. Stand by while the program prepares the backup. Loading in progress

  11. Now it’s WhatsApp time! Search for WhatsApp and after selecting the app, click the Next button. We’re almost done with WhatsApp transfer, backup & restore. Select WhatsApp and click "Next"

  12. Confirm the restore and click Next. Keep in mind that in case you have some WhatsApp messages on your new iPhone, they will be overwritten. CopyTrans Shelbee can’t merge WhatsApp messages from different iPhones yet 🙂 But the rest of the data like photos, iMessages, notes, etc. will stay intact! Confirmation screen in CopyTrans Shelbee

  13. Wait until the restore is done.Custom restore in progress

  14. Download WhatsApp from the App Store on your new iPhone if you haven’t already done so. Now you know how easy it is to move WhatsApp to the new iPhone 😉

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By Irina CopyTrans

Irina is a marketing and tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market, who dyes her hair in the color of her cats' fur (future cat lady detected) and enjoys sitting on her balcony on a rainy day reading books, watching TV shows, playing video games and drinking hot chocolate. With marshmallows.