Transfer WhatsApp Messages from Android/iPhone to PC

WhatsApp chat messages can fill up storage space on your phone. You should transfer WhatsApp messages to PC from Andriod/iPhone to backup and export WhatsApp chats. This article provides you with a complete guide.

Demi by Demi Updated February 5, 2024
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How do I export WhatsApp chats to my computer?

You may used to communicate with friends and family on WhatsApp, a large amount of chat history will take up storage space and slow down Android and iPhone. What to do? If you don't want to lose any important information, transferring WhatsApp messages to PC can both backup your WhatsApp data and help free up space on your phone. 

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Here, we will guide you to transfer WhatsApp chats to PC in five boxes according to the phone version you are using, whether you are using Android or iPhone, you can find a suitable method.

Part 1. Transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to PC

We'll show you two effective ways on how to save WhatsApp chat on PC from Android., check them out. 

Way 1. Export WhatsApp chats to PC via Email

The WhatsApp app has built-in a convenient feature to transfer chat history on Android or iPhone via email. You can check out the steps below to learn how to transfer WhatsApp messages from Android to PC:

Step 1. Open the WhatsApp app on your Android phone and navigate to the chat history you want to export.

Step 2. Tap on More in the top right corner and select the More option.

Step 3. Click on Export chat and select Gmail or another mail service to send WhatsApp chats.

Transfer WhatsApp message from Android to PC

Step 4. Edit an email and enter the email address you accept, then click Send.

Step 5. Log in to your email account on your PC and download WhatsApp messages from Android to your PC.

Note: Usually Email service attachments have a limited file size, you are not able to email 10,000 messages when you are attaching media files or export WhatsApp chat more than 40,000 without media files.

Way 2. Directly transfer Android Whatsapp messages to PC

WhatsApp messages are stored in the private folder of your Android phone. By connecting your phone's USB cable to your computer, you can access your Android phone's internal storage and export WhatsApp data to your computer. Learn how to backup WhatsApp messages from Android to PC for free.

Step 1. Connect your Android phone to your computer using an appropriate USB cable.

Step 2. Once your phone is detected by the computer, open Files Explorer and browse your Android phone's internal storage.

Step 3. Locate the WhatsApp folder in your phone's storage and open it.

WhatsApp folder

Step 4. Check and copy the message and then paste it on your computer.

Note: The WhatsApp messages cannot be read on your computer, and you can only view media files such as photos, etc.

Part 2. Transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to PC

If you are using WhatsApp on your iPhone, here are three ways to help you export WhatsApp messages to PC. 

Way 1. One-click transfer WhatsApp chats from iPhone to PC

You can also try professional WhatsApp data transfer software like FoneTool to export all WhatsApp chats to PC. Besides, it also exports all WhatsApp photos, videos, attachments, and so on. And with a stable USB connection, WhatsApp transfer using FoneTool can be done quickly.

Best WhatsApp Transfer Software


  • Transfer/backup WhatsApp chat, photos, videos, attachments, etc.
  • Quick transfer WhatsApp between iPhone and PC, and iPhone to iPhone.
  • No data and privacy will be leaked during the transfer.
  • Preview and select the data before backup and restore.
  • All WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business accounts are supported.

Here are the steps to use this tool to export WhatsApp chat from iPhone to PC. Free download FoneTool to your computer, and let’s get started.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via the USB cable > Click WhatsApp Manager > Backup WhatsApp > Get Started on the FonnTool.

Backup WhasApp

   ★ Tip: Using FoneTool is a safer way to export data to another location by backing up WhatsApp messages to PC.

Step 2. Enable backup encryption and click Start Backup to confirm.

Start Backup WhatsApp

Step 3. When the backup is complete, click View to check the backup WhatsApp chat on PC, select the item, and tap Export to Computer.

Export WhatsApp messages from iPhone to PC

Tip: FoneTool is an all-in-one iPhone data manager, if you want to browse, restore, or delete more backup items, you can go to Backup History to do it.

Way 2. Export iPhone WhatsApp messages to PC via Email

The WhatsApp app allows you to export WhatsApp messages from iPhone to PC. You may email yourself the chat and then check your email on your computer. Please proceed with the steps below to export your WhatsApp messages to PC via Email.

Step 1. Open WhatsApp and go to the chat you want to export > Tap the name of the contact.

Step 2. From the prompt page, tap Export Chat > Choose Attach Media or Without Media depending on whether you’d like to export media files.

Step 3. Choose Mail and type in your email address > Click Send to export your WhatsApp chats.

save WhatsApp to email

Repeat the procedure above for each chat on your iPhone if you want to export more than one chat at a time.

Step 4. Finally, go to your email client on PC > Log into your account and check your WhatsApp chats.

Tip: The exported files are saved in ZIP format and have text. files and .mp4 media files inside. And how can you export WhatsApp chat to PDF? Click to learn more.

Way 3. Transfer WhatsApp messages to PC via iPhone screenshot

It is also a wise choice to transfer WhatsApp messages from iPhone to PC via screenshot. Although taking screenshots takes some time, especially if you have a lot of WhatsApp chats need to be transferred, screenshot guarantees that the most authentic WhatsApp chats are preserved and cannot be modified.

Follow the steps below to know how to transfer WhatsApp chat to PC via screenshot.

Step 1. Take screenshots of the WhatsApp chats to be transferred

Get to the WhatsApp chats you’d like to save to PC > Take screenshot of your WhatsApp chats.

  • Take a screenshot on iPhone with Face ID: Press and quickly release both the Side button and the Volume + button at the same time.
  • Take a screenshot on iPhone with Touch ID: Press and quickly release both the Home button and the Top/Side button at the same time.

take screenshot on iPhone

Step 2. Transfer screenshots from iPhone to PC

To transfer photos from iPhone to PC, the easiest way is to rely on a powerful iOS data transfer tool, like FoneTool. It just takes 3 seconds to transfer 100 photos to computer.

• Connect your iPhone to PC > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Transfer > iPhone to PC > Get Started.

go to transfer

• Check Photos icon to choose the screenshots of WhatsApp chat > Click OK to confirm > Click Start Transfer to begin.

start transfer

Once all the screenshots of the WhatsApp messages have been transferred to your computer, you can store them in folders according to your needs by contact, time, etc.


It is not difficult to transfer WhatsApp messages to PC from Android and iPhone, and there is always one of the above effective methods that can help you complete the process.

If you are an iPhone user, we highly recommend you to use FoneTool, a professional phone data transfer software that can not only backup and transfer all WhatsApp data in one click, but also help you manage other types of iPhone data, backup contacts, transfer photos, etc. with ease. 

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