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How to Export WhatsApp Chat from iPhone or Android

Sofia Albert
Sofia Albert

Updated on Jan 11, 2021 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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WhatsApp is a popular cross-platform instant messaging application that allows Android and iPhone users to exchange text, photos, and videos for free. Hundreds of thousands of conversations take place on WhatsApp every day. Some of these conversations contain some important and useful text, others include images and videos that are worth sharing. Whether you want to save a conversation to keep those good ideas, to keep your resume handy, or to save funny videos, backing up WhatsApp or exporting chats from WhatsApp is the best way to ensure they're not lost. If you have no idea how to export WhatsApp chats from iPhone and Android, this guide will show you how.

Part 1. How to Export WhatsApp Chat from iPhone
Part 2. How to Export WhatsApp Chat from Android

Part 1. How to Export WhatsApp Chat from iPhone

For iOS users, there are some different ways to export WhatsApp chats, depending on what kind of data you want to export.

  • To export photos, videos, audios, and contacts in one-click, you can choose this all-in-one WhatsApp Transfer in Option 1.
  • To export only media files, you can use its built-in "Export" feature as we listed in Option 2.
  • To export WhatsApp chats to pdf on iPhone, you can use a different method in Option 3.
  • To export an entire WhatsApp chats that contain media files and .txt files, you can refer to Option 4.

Option 1. How to Export WhatsApp Chat from iPhone with One-click

If you are searching for a comprehensive way to export WhatsApp chat, then EaseUS MobiMover is exactly what you need. EaseUS MobiMover is a wonderful tool that allows you to selectively export contacts, photos, videos, and audios from iPhone to your PC. Before exporting, you can preview the data you wish to export. Whatsmore, it has many other key features, as listed below.

  • Supports transferring WhatsApp messages from iPhone to iPhone within steps, and it won't cause data loss during the process.
  • Supports transferring messages, contacts, photos, videos, and other iOS data between iOS devices.
  • Supports downloading videos/audios from over 1000 video/audio-sharing websites.
  • Allows backing up WhatsApp messages and restoring WhatsApp from a backup. 

Now, you can free download EaseUS MobiMover to your computer and then follow the steps below to export WhatsApp messages from iPhone to PC.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable, launch EaseUS MobiMover, and choose "WhatsApp" > "Backup".

Choose WhatsApp backup

Step 2. Select the location you want to back up WhatsApp data to and click "Back up" to start backing up your WhatsApp messages and attachments to PC.

Back Up whatsApp to PC - select backup location

Step 3. Wait for the backup process to complete. The messages will be saved as an HTML file on your Mac. Thus, you can view the details with a browser whenever you want.

Back up WhatsApp to PC - backup process

Step 4. When it has done, you can go to "WhatsApp" > "Backup History" to check the WhatsApp messages and attachments in the backup.

Back up WhatsApp to PC - backup complete

Option 2. How to Export Individual/Multiple WhatsApp Media Files

To use this method, you'll need to confirm two things:

  • Make sure that all pictures and videos are loaded. To do this, you can play them first to see if they are loaded or not. Usually, unloaded files (pictures/videos) are not available for exporting or downloading. 
  • Make sure you have given WhatsApp the Read & Write permission to your iPhone, which gives WhatsApp developers to access your entire Camera Roll. This behavior is not good for data security, so we recommend you change it back to "Never" after exporting WhatsApp files. 

Step 1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone > Scroll down to find "Privacy" and tap it > Tap "Photos" > Tap "WhatsApp" > Tap on "Read and Write" option. 

Give WhatsApp Access to iPhone

Step 2. Then, go to your WhatsApp > Locate and tap on the chat or group that contains media files you want to export.

Step 3. Select the desired video/image you want to export > Tap it >Tap the share icon (the little square with the arrow erupting out of it) > Tap "Share" > From the Share Menu, select your desired way to share.

Share WhatsApp Media Files

Or you can also export multiple media files by tapping and holding the picture/video until you see some options as shown below > Tap "Forward" > Select the pictures you want to export > Tap the share icon (the little square with the arrow erupting out of it) > Choose the way you want to export.

Share Multiple Media Files from WhatsApp

It's tedious to export photos and videos one by one, especially when you have a lot of photos/videos to download or export. To avoid tedious manual operations, we recommend you give WhatsApp the permission to auto-save photos to Camera Roll by using the following steps. Also, you can apply the same way to stop WhatsApp auto-saving pictures/videos to your Camera Roll. Here's how to do it.

Step 1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone > Settings > Data and Storage Usage.

Step 2. On the next page, you can choose which type of media files can be downloaded and under which internet circumstances. You'd better select Wi-Fi as the default download circumstance since large media files may consume a lot of traffic.

Auto-Save WhatsApp Media

Option 3. How to Export an Entire WhatsApp Conversation

If you want to export all chat history, including text, photos, audios, and videos, then you can use WhatsApps's built-in "Export Chat" feature for this purpose. Here are the steps to do it.

Step 1. Go to your WhatsApp > Select the desired individual or group conversation that contains the media files you want to export > Tap on the name of the individual or group conversation to show its detailed information.

Step 2. From the showed information, tap "Export Chat," and choose whether to include media or not. If you want to include media, just select "Attach Media."

Step 3. Then, you can choose your desired method (Message, Mail, Add to Notes...) to export chat history.

Export WhatsApp Chat History

Step 4. The exported file is a ZIP file containing .txt documents. And if you attach media, the media file is .mp4 format.

Export WhatsApp Chat History

Note: If you want only want to export contexts, taking a screenshot is a quick and useful way to do it.

Option 4. How to Export WhatsApp Chat to PDF on iPhone

There is no direct way to export WhatsApp chats to pdf. But you can achieve this in an indirect way. First, you can export WhatsApp chat history by following the steps in Option 2 and then convert the chat history to pdf by using a Microsoft Word document. To do this, you'll need to prepare a computer with Microsoft Word installed. If everything is ready, you can follow the detailed steps to do it.

Step 1. Export WhatsApp chat history via Email. To do this, you can follow the steps in Option 2. Note that when you proceed to step 3, remember to choose "Mail" as your desired method to export. You can send this email to yourself.

Step 2. Log in to the email account you use to receive the email on a computer > Download the attached file you received.

Step 3. Open this text file > Ctrl+A to copy all your content > Paste it to your word document > Click "Save the files as" > Choose "PDF" under the file format option.

Convert WhatsApp Chat to PDF

Part 2. How to Export WhatsApp Chat from Android

Want to export media files from WhatsApp? Or want to export WhatsApp chat to PDF? Regardless of what kind of data you want to export from WhatsApp, there are three options for you to do it.

Option 1. Export Individual/All Media Files from WhatsApp

To export individual or all media files of WhatsApp, you'll need to download media files from WhatsApp and then export these files to another location.

Step 1. Go to your WhatsApp > Select the individual or group chat history that contains the media files you want to export.

Step 2. Find the photos/video you want to export > Select the photo/video by tapping on it and hold it.

Step 3. After that, you will see the three-dotted menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen > Click on it and select the "Share" option.

Step 4. From the Share page, select your desired export way.

Additionally, you can also give your WhatsApp permissions to auto-download data from WhatsApp. To do this, you can go to the WhatsApp Settings > Data and Storage Usage > When connected on Wi-Fi > Choose what kind of messages you want to auto-download. Note that this behavior will give WhatsApp developer access to your gallery, which is not good for your data security. Therefore, remember to disable this option after exporting.

Option 2. Export an Entire WhatsApp Chat

Want to export both media files and text files from WhatsApp? If you do, the following steps can help you do it.

Step 1. Go to your WhatsApp > Open the conversation you want to export > Tap the three-dotted menu icon in the upper right corner of the chat window > Select "More" > Select "Export chat."

Step 2. From the pop-up window, select your desired method to export (Gmail, Telegram...). Here we choose Gmail.

Step 3. After choosing Gmail, you can enter your Gmail address and hit the send icon.

Export WhatsApp Chat from Android

Option 3. Export WhatsApp Chat to PDF

There is no direct way to export WhatsApp chat to pdf. To do this, you have to export your chat via Gmail by following the steps in Option 2 and then convert it to pdf format. Now you can do it by following the steps below.

Step 1. Export WhatsApp chat by following the steps in Option 2.

Step 2. Refresh your mailbox and open the mail you just sent > Tap the download icon > Open the attachment with the WPS Office app. (Download one if you haven't installed)

Download WhatsApp Chat from Mail

Step 3. You're now in the WPS Office page. Tap the "Tools" at the bottom of the screen > Tap "Export to PDF" > Preview the document and tap "Export to PDF."

Choose Tools from WPS Page

Step 4. After that, you'll come to a new screen where you can change the path to store the exported chat and rename the PDF files.

Export WhatsApp as PDF Format


The solutions above can help you export WhatsApp files effectively. No matter which method you use to export WhatsApp messages, remember to backup WhatsApp messages beforehand since data loss can occur anywhere and anytime.

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