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How to port / transfer over whatsapp messages from iPhone 4S to 6+ (after iTunes restore)

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My spouse just backup her iPhone 4S & restored using one of the latest version of iTunes
to an iPhone 6+ (on IOS 8.1.2).

Contacts, emails, photos & SMS messages are there.  No Whatsapp applications so we
just installed from appstore & all Whatsapp groups got created.

But how do we get all the past Whatsapp threads of conversations (including images)
from the iPhone 4S to the 6+ ?

I recall there used to be a free service on one website that allows us to transfer
messages (think it's both whatsapp & SMS) from old phone to a new phone but
have lost the website's link
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Backup them on 4S using Whatsapp and then activate whatsapp for the same phone number on Iphone 6. It will let you restore the messages from backup. I moved my history from Iphone 4 to android phone this way.
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Could you give me step by step instruction on how to take backup using Whatsapp & then restore into
the new iPhone 6's whatsapp?   I'm only a very basic user of whatsapp, have not come across any
backup and restore function/facility in whatsapp
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>and then activate whatsapp for the same phone number on Iphone 6
If I've already done the above activation on the new iphone 6, do I need to deactivate whatsapp on
it & then reactivate again so as for the restore to work?   If so, let me know how to deactivate whatsapp
on the iphone 6
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In Whatsapp settings - chat settings - archive. Do you see such option?
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by:sunhux
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Yep, saw "Archive All" : so I do this on the iPhone 4
& then do "Unarchive All" on the iphone 6 ?
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by:sunhux
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Have started to use the iPhone 6 for several days, so will the
"Unarchive All" on the iPhone 6 overwrite (instead of "merge")
all the recent whatsapp chats in the iPhone 6?
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Wait, I checked by friend on his iphone. In Settings - Chat Settings - Backup all. Backup now.
This is what you need.
When restored they are merged.
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by:sunhux
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On my iphone 4, it's
Chat Settings ==> Chat Backup ==> Back Up Now (Auto Backup is Off)

Just want to confirm the merging is something documented & have
you tested it & it merged?
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by:sunhux
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Each time it will prompt to Verify & when I tap on "Verify", it asks for phone #
& will send an SMS with a 6 digit code: I can't do "Verify" (Resend Code) on the
other phone within  7 hrs
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It did not delete in my case anything. Facebook the owner of whatsapp does not document anything.
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