Changing smartphones and SIM card numbers is always a nightmare, especially regarding WhatsApp. In recent years, however, things have become simpler: by creating a user profile, all our data and information is saved in the cloud and it takes just a few minutes to recover it.
On WhatsApp we are used to using the backup of the application to be sure to save the messages, images and videos that we receive. If by mistake we delete a message , just use the backup to recover it . And the same applies if we change smartphones (only if the operating system is the same, otherwise things get complicated).
But if we decide to change smartphones and SIMs at the same time, the procedure to be followed to recover messages is much more complex. Nothing you can’t do, but you need to follow all the steps carefully. Here’s how to do it.
Recover WhatsApp messages: prepare your phone
The first thing to do is take the old phone and make a full backup of the WhatsApp chats. To do this we need to open the app and go to Settings> Chat> Chat Backup and choose to backup both on the phone and on our Google Drive account.
The second step is to insert the new SIM into the new smartphone and turn it on, immediately proceeding to disable both the Wi-Fi and the data connection. At this point we go back to the old phone, open WhatsApp, and go to Settings> Accounts> Change number.
We follow the procedure and indicate the new number to which to send the confirmation code. We will obviously receive it on the new smartphone with the new SIM inside, but we will have to insert it on the old smartphone with the old SIM. At this point we will have to restore WhatsApp from the phone and then make a new backup. A somewhat long procedure, but necessary in order not to miss even a message.
Import old WhatsApp messages to a new number
At this point we can go back to the new smartphone, reactivate the connections and download the WhatsApp app. Of course we will have to log in with the profile associated with the new number and the app will work as usual in a few minutes, but we will not have the old messages yet.
It will be the same WhatsApp, during the configuration phase, to ask us if we want to restore the chats and we will have to say yes. specifying that the app will download the backup from Google Drive . It will take more or less time based on the size of the backup file, but at the end of the operation we will have all our old messages, on the new number and on the new smartphone.