[4 Ways] How to Access WhatsApp Files on iPhone from PC

How to assess iPhone WhatsApp files on PC? Find answers in this passage. You will get 4 useful ways to accomplish the action.

Kathy by Kathy Updated January 15, 2024
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How can I see WhatsApp files on my iPhone on my PC?

Is there anyone who knows how to get WhatsApp files on iPhone from PC? There are too many files within my WhatsApp, I want to export and view them on my Windows 11. Thanks a lot!

- Question from iPhone users

WhatsApp, as one of the most popular social messaging apps, enables users to easily share their daily lives, learning, work routines, and more with family, friends, and colleagues.

After prolonged use, WhatsApp typically accumulates a considerable amount of important data like photos, videos, files, audio, and chat records. How can you effortlessly access and back up or export this data from WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business on iPhone to a Windows PC? Find answers in this passage!

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How to access WhatsApp files on iPhone from PC

There are 4 ways to help you get WhatsApp files on iPhone from PC. Option 1 may be the most useful way to achieve the goal. And other ways may also work when you need to back up WhatsApp or import WhatsApp media to PC.

Option 1. The best way to download WhatsApp backup from iPhone to computer

To move all WhatsApp data to PC, FoneTool must be the most convenient way to make it.

enlightenedYou can easily transfer WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business data to PC at a super-fast speed, for example, 100 photos can be moved in 3 seconds.
enlightenedFoneTool's USB connection ensures absolute data security, so you don't need to worry about any data leakage risks.
enlightenedFor people who want to change to a new iPhone, you can also use it to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to iPhone even if they are logging in with different Apple IDs.

Now you can follow the guidance below to learn how to back up and access WhatsApp without opening WhatsApp.

Step 1. Download FoneTool on your Windows PC > Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable > If asks, tap Trust on iPhone to continue.

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Step 2. Launch FoneTool > Go to WhatsApp Manager > Backup WhatsApp > Click Get Started to continue. (If you need to access WhatsApp Business data, you can choose WA Business to make it.)

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Step 3. If you need to encrypt your privacy, you can check Enable Backup Encryption > Select a destination to save your WhatsApp backup from the Backup Storage Path option > Click Start Backup to begin the task.

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Once the process is finished, just go to My Backups > Choose your targeted WhatsApp backup > Click the View dot > Select the data you need > Click Export to Computer to finish the process.

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enlightened FoneTool can also help you easily access other iPhone files like media files and contacts on PC. 
enlightened For people who are annoyed about iCloud web's transfer speed, FoneTool allows you to easily upload, download or delete iCloud data from PC. You can even use it to transfer data like notes from one iCloud account to another.

Option 2. View iPhone WhatsApp photos on PC via File Explorer

If you don’t need a third-party app to import the WhatsApp data to a Windows laptop/desktop, then you can use the File Explorer to browse your WhatsApp photos on iPhone.

Note: The File Explorer can only access your photos stored in the Photos app, so you need to save them to the app first.

Step 1. Save photos to the iPhone Photos app

enlightened To save multiple photos: Launch WhatsApp on iPhone > Select Settings in the bottom-right corner > Chats > Enable Save to Camera Roll > Wait for a while and then you can find all downloaded photos from the WhatsApp section in the Photos app.

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enlightened To save a few photos: Find the targeted WhatsApp photo and tap on it to open > Click on the share option at the bottom-left corner > Click Save to make it.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to the PC via a USB cable > If it’s the first time to connect your iPhone to the computer, you need to click Trust on iPhone to continue.

Step 3. When your device is detected, Windows Explorer should open automatically. If it doesn't, you can access it manually by clicking the "Start Menu" or finding it in the "Taskbar."

Step 4. Go to This PC, where you'll see your iPhone listed as a Portable Device. Click on your iPhone to view its contents.

Step 5. Go to the Internal Storage folder > Click DCIM > Locate and choose the photos you need to move them to the computer.

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These are all about how to access WhatsApp files on iPhone from PC via File Explorer.

Option 3. Transfer iPhone WhatsApp photos to PC via iTunes

You have an alternative method to back up WhatsApp data from your iPhone to your computer using iTunes. However, note that with this method, you can't directly browse your WhatsApp backup files on computer like FoneTool.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable and open iTunes.

Step 2. Click on Summary in the left menu.

Step 3. In the Backups section, choose This Computer on the left side, then click Back Up Now on the right. This action will create a comprehensive backup of your iPhone on the computer, encompassing your WhatsApp data.

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Note: If you need to protect your private data, you can check the Encrypt local backup option to encrypt your iTunes backup.

Option 4. Import WhatsApp media to PC via email

Sending an email can also be useful to transfer WhatsApp videos or photos from iPhone to PC. This method requires you to have two email accounts and now you can follow the guidance to know how to access iPhone WhatsApp files on PC via email.

Step 1. Open WhatsApp and navigate to the conversations containing the data you wish to email.

Step 2. Access the specific WhatsApp content you want to export. Tap the contact's name, then select Export Chat > Choose Attach Media.

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Tip: With this method, you can also back up only WhatsApp messages without media.

Step 3. Enter your targeted email address and send the WhatsApp data via email > Log in with the email account on your computer to get the WhatsApp files.


Now you can know how to access WhatsApp files on iPhone from PC. If you want to easily access all iPhone WhatsApp chats and documents on PC, the professional FoneTool will be your most ideal choice. With its powerful feature, you can also efficiently transfer WhatsApp to new iPhone with new Apple ID.

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