A quick one for WhatsApp users: Today Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that users will now be able to switch between Android and iPhone without losing the encryption of their messages.
As Zuckerberg pointed out, this has been a highly requested feature, providing more flexibility and security for the many WhatsApp users looking to switch to a new device.
WhatsApp added the ability to transfer your data from iPhone to Android last year, which had been a sticking point for many WhatsApp users.
Before last year’s update, transferring your information meant losing your chat history, as there was no way to keep the transition secure. Because WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encryption and stored on the device, Meta says it had to work collaboratively with operating system developers to come up with a solution that would make it easy to share data in this way.
And now, those who switch between Android and iPhone will have the same capability, giving users more choice in selecting and managing their devices.
The updated process will roll out to all WhatsApp users starting today.