My problem is exactly the one described in Migrate whatsapp from phone (old expired number) to another one?.

I want to move my WhatsApp account from my old phone to a new one, but the SIM of the old phone is already expired (nonetheless, I currently can use my WhatsApp in it). In my case, what I want is to continue using that WhatsApp account on my new phone. I don't care about the chat history or contacts (I already save them).

So, I have read that in a rooted phone, by accessing the /storage/Android/data and copying the com.whatsapp folder and replacing it in the same directory of the new phone, the account can be moved and no verification number is needed. I have noticed that even with a non-rooted phone, I can access those folders, copy them, and replace them, as in the instruction, but in my case, it did not work.

Is there are differences in the content of, for instance com.whatsapp folder, when you access in rooted mode and non-rooted mode? If not, what I am doing wrong?

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    It is most probably because the Whatsapp version is different. If it is the same it works ( I have done it in past). But next problem in line what will you do if the expired SIM number is allotted to somebody else by your telecom carrier??
    – beeshyams
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:13
  • I have checked it, and the both phones I have the same version of whatsapp. My phones are not rooted. About the carrier, that is not my concern at this moment, but I am aware of it.
    – Bur Nor
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:15
  • Did you reboot the phone?
    – beeshyams
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:28
  • Yes, I did. I still ask me to introduce a number to make the verification. What folder did you have inside your com.whatsapp folder?
    – Bur Nor
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:48
  • Folders are same on my rooted and non - rooted device. As long as you copied all, this may not be the problem.Another thing to try. Uninstall Whatsapp on new phone but let the data be there. Install whatsapp and WhatsApp will automatically find your backup and ask you if you would like to restore it - restore it
    – beeshyams
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 15:51

2 Answers 2


If you can root your device, then transferring your WhatsApp account would be an easy task.

Use Migrate to backup your WhatsApp data from your old device and restore it to your new device. But both phones must have root access.


What you are trying to do is very possible, but your methods will never work. Firstly, you got have to know that there are two different com.whatsapp folders. The one you were just talking about is so useless that anyone on any device can access it.

You need the whole directory from root/data/data/com.whatsapp. To copy this, you need root permissions right, and to copy them in a new device you need root as well so that you are able to put them in the root dir.

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