The technology giant, Google Inc., released its chat transfer feature on WhatsApp to its Pixel phones. Through this feature, users can now transfer their WhatsApp data from an iPhone to Pixel mobile by connecting them. The users will, however, need a type-C to Lightning cable for the transfer to happen.
Google started its tests and rolled out this feature in August this year. Earlier, this feature was only available for Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The latest addition to this group is the Google Pixel smartphones. A blog post from Google read that more devices are soon to receive this feature on their mobiles.
The users will need to connect their iPhone and the Pixel mobile through the Type-C to Lightning cable. There is no wireless transfer feature as of now. The users will need to scan a QR code displayed on the iPhone for the transfer to happen. In case of discrepancies, Google’s blog post suggested that the users need to open their WhatsApp, go to the Settings, pick the Chats, and choose the Move Chats to Android option.
Google also mentioned in its blog post that the devices compatible with its Android version 12.0 update will soon be able to access this feature. This feature was first rolled out to the foldable Galaxy Z smartphones from Samsung in August this year.
During the transfer, the users would not receive any messages on their accounts, read Google’s blog post. The users can transfer their account information, personal and group chats, settings, media, and others from their iPhones to Pixel phones now. The users will need to use the same mobile number registered on their iPhone for the chat transfer to work.
Cable transfer of the chat and other information would mean that the data is not going through the cloud, and so, WhatsApp cannot see the transferred data.
Meanwhile, the business accounts of WhatsApp get the new Message Rating feature. This feature is intended for the users to give a rating to the business accounts as feedback. Reportedly, beta users of WhatsApp on Android have access to this feature. Some iPhone users have also claimed to have access to the same.
This rating feature allows the users to rate messages from business accounts with stars. Users can choose anything between one star and five stars. However, there is no direct way to give feedback for the same yet. WhatsApp beta users on the Android platform can check the feature. This feature will only come to play when the users receive any message from business accounts.
Reportedly, this feature stays within the end-to-end encryption from WhatsApp. So, the rated messages would remain concealed from the platform.
WhatsApp is also working on five new features that are expected to be rolled out soon. These include a global voice message player letting the users listen to voice notes without being on the chats, redesigned chat bubbles, customizing the last seen for specific contacts, and reacting to messages with emoticons, amongst others.