Move WeChat To New Phone – BackUp and Restore WeChat

Need to move WeChat to new phone?! Almost as popular as Whatsapp, but not nearly as easy to move between devices. The other day I spent nearly an hour trying to help my friend transfer WeChat from an old device to a new device.

The support articles on WeChats website for moving chat history from one device to the other doesn’t give you much to go off, especially when it comes to the QR code.

So this prompted me to write this brief tutorial will show you how to move WeChat to a new phone in 12 easy steps (with pictures!)

Begin the Move WeChat to New Phone

First, you must have both the old and the new device available. Next, we need to create a backup or QR code of the WeChat chat history from your old device.

In the bottom-right corner tap on “Me” icon (as seen in the image below) then tap on “Settings”.

WeChat Settings

 

Next, tap “Chat” in the menu to open the backup or migration settings.

WeChat Backup

Under Chat History, select ‘Chat Log Migration’. This will bring to the section of all chat threads that have the possibility for Backup.

WeChat Chat Log Migration

This picture is obvious, you will go to select the chat history to be transferred to the new device, but you will also notice that you must connect BOTH devices to WiFi, so go ahead and make sure both your devices are connected to WiFi now then select the big green button.
Note: if your WiFi is not functioning, the only other option is to backup through your computer.

Select WeChat History Backup

If you wish to transfer your entire WeChat History to the new device, tap on the ‘Select All’ box in the bottom-left corner. Otherwise select the chats that you wish to back up and then tap on the green ‘Done’ button. Now we move WeChat to new phone…

Select WeChat History

At this point you will see a QR code which is scannable. Fortunately, WeChat has a built-in QR code scanner which you will need to use on your new device. So KEEP THIS SCREEN OPEN!

WeChat QR Code

New Device on WeChat…

Switch over to your new device and open The WeChat App. You will be asked to sign in so make sure you know your User ID and password.

Okay, so maybe my steps in the images aren’t in order, but the images are… so just keep following along. Once you’ve signed in, you will tap on the ‘+’ in the top-right corner then tap ‘Scan QR Code’ from the menu.

WeChat QR Scanner

Line up your WeChat QR code scanner with the QR code on your OLD phone.

Scan QR code on WeChat

WeChat will briefly load your chat history on your new phone. Remember, this will only work if you are connected to WiFi.

Move WeChat to New Phone

When WeChat is finished importing your old Chat History, you will see a ‘done’ button and you’re WeChat has now been restored onto your new phone! You just completed the guide, Move WeChat to new Phone.

Restore chat WeChat

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