My problem is exactly the describe in this post. 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 in my new phone. I dont care about the chat history or contacts (I already save them). So, I have read that in a rooted phone by accessing to 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 notice that even with a non rooted phone I can access to 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?

Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide me!!

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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 Dec 14 '17 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 Dec 14 '17 at 15:15
  • Did you reboot the phone? – beeshyams Dec 14 '17 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 Dec 14 '17 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 Dec 14 '17 at 15:51

what you are trying to do is very possible but your methods will never work. firstly you gotta know that there are two different com.whatsapp folders. The one you were just talking about is so useless anyone any device can access, you need the whole directory from . 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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