Support for Windows Phone 8.1 ended a few years ago. Windows 10 Mobile will be coming to an end by the end of the year 2021. This forces companies to stop supporting their applications available on the given platforms. Recently, Microsoft abandoned the Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.1 applications. WhatsApp was one of those partners who continued to support their Windows Phone 8.1 app. This helped them provide their services to the considerably larger user base of Windows Phone 8.1, while the application worked perfectly under Windows 10 Mobile. They have never built Windows 10 UWP application.
This means that no Windows Phone 8.1 application will be updated in the future. And since Microsoft has moved from Windows Phone to its goal, users have actively switched to other competing platforms such as Android and iOS.
Transfer WhatsApp messages from Windows Phone to Android
It will be a guide a little complicated and long to follow. You must be careful throughout this guide because you will be Interop unlocking your Windows 10 Mobile device. Any damage you cause to your device will be at your own risk, and neither the author nor TheWindowsClub will be responsible for it – so please be careful.
We will cover this guide in the following parts:
- Interop Unlocking Windows 10 Mobile.
- Get all the required data.
- Restore all data.
Throughout this guide you will need the following:
- A Windows 10 Mobile device.
- An Android device.
- A computer.
- A good internet connection.
2] Interop Unlocking Windows 10 Mobile
Make a backup of WhatsApp messages on your phone locally.
Open the Settings application on the Windows 10 Mobile device.
Navigate to the following path: Update and Security> For Developers.
Make sure you select the radio button for Developer mode and select Yes OK for any prompt you get.
Download the Interop Tools App.
Extract the contents of this archive to your Windows 10 Mobile device. Prefer to extract it to the internal memory of the device.
You will see the following structure, run the files in the given order:
First, you will install the certificate, then the contents of the Dependencies folder and finally the main APPX file for Interop Tools.
Restart your phone and once it restarts, launch Interoperability tools app.
To select This device for Select a provider for this application session.
In the hamburger menu, select Interop unlock.
Toggle the following options sure you get on the new page:
- Restore NDTKSvc.
- New feature Unlocking the engine.
- Full access to the file system.
Quit the application and reopen the same page to find the same options enabled. If disabled, the interop unlock did not occur correctly. And you have to repeat the same steps.
If that succeeds, you can continue.
3] Get all the required data
Connect your Windows 10 Mobile device to a Windows 10 computer. Make sure hidden files and folders are set to be visible.
Navigate to the following locations in File Explorer on your computer to the one that suits you:
- Phone Data USERS DefApps.Windows Phone APPDATA Local Packages 5319275A.WhatsApp_cv1g1gvanyjgm LocalState
- Phone Data USERS DefApps APPDATA LOCAL Packages 5319275A.WhatsApp_cv1g1gvanyjgm LocalState
Find the file named as messages.db.
Copy this file to your computer.
Now, copy the following folders locally to your computer:
- Phone Images WhatsApp
- Phone Users DefApps AppData Local Packages 5319275A.WhatsApp_cv1g1gvanyjgm LocalState shared transfers
- Phone Data USERS DefApps APPDATA Local Packages 5319275A.WhatsApp_cv1g1gvanyjgm LocalState Shared Transfers
- Phone Data Users Public Images WhatsApp
- Phone Data Users Public Images Film
If you get the Convert and copy prompt, select No, just copy.
Just move all those files to your Android device.
4] Restore all data
Open WinWazzapMigrator first. Select the option that says Select the Windows Phone archive.
Now, navigate and select the messages.db file that we extracted from the Windows 10 Mobile device.
It will decrypt it and convert it to a format readable on Android devices.
Move this decrypted file using the file manager of your Android phone to the following path: WhatsApp / Backups
Set up your WhatsApp normally with the same phone number as the one that was saved on your Windows 10 Mobile device.
He will find this backup normally and restore it for you.
Copy all the media you have saved to the WhatsApp / Media /
You will find that your WhatsApp account has finally been migrated from your Windows 10 Mobile to your new Android device.
I hope it works.