WhatsApp has been working on a feature that lets you transfer your chat history from a smartphone without the need for a backup to Google Drive. The feature is simple and has been tested for some time.
WhatsApp Beta Info staff discovered that version 126.96.36.199 brought more details about the offline migration feature. The main feature is that WhatsApp should start displaying a screen with QR Code as soon as the app is installed on a new smartphone.
In addition, the messenger should also display a small guide explaining how easy it is to transfer the entire history of the old smartphone to a new one.
After opening WhatsApp on the new phone, the user only needs to scan the QR Code so that the app starts doing all the migration without the need for a backup in Google Drive.
That is, the feature was developed thinking of those users who have limited internet or simply do not have the patience to wait for the backup on the old phone and later download on the new handset.
For now, the feature is only available to the beta audience. Additionally, the functionality is not yet being tested on iOS, but it shouldn’t take long for it to also allow for rapid migration across platforms.
To help, today we’re launching proxy support for WhatsApp users all over the world. What this means is we’re putting the power into people’s hands to maintain access to WhatsApp if their connection is blocked or disrupted.
Beginning this year, WhatsApp also rolled out proxy connection option which enables you to connect to WhatsApp through servers set up by volunteers and organizations around the world dedicated to helping people communicate freely. This feature comes amid successive downtime to Meta infrastructures including WhatsApp in the recent past. This feature is surely Meta Platforms proactive step to help users in times like that.