How to Backup Only WhatsApp Messages Without Media

When you are annoyed about how to back up only chats in WhatsApp, why not find answers in this post? You can back up single chat or all chat quickly. If you need, you can also use FoneTool to back up all your WhatsAppl data.

Kathy by Kathy Updated November 21, 2023
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As one of the world's most popular messaging applications, WhatsApp enables users to send text and voice messages, as well as share images, videos, documents, user locations, and various other types of content with their friends.


For those who have a large number of WhatsApp chat records, backing up WhatsApp is an important way to protect against unexpected data loss.  If you have too much media within WhatsApp, then choosing to back up only the messages without the media files is a good option.

How to backup only WhatsApp messages without media

In this section, you can learn how to back up WhatsApp chats directly on your iPhone or using iCloud.

enlightenedWith method 1, you can only export your single chat without media with one person or one group, and you can simply send the chat using Mail or other apps.

enlightenedWith method 2, you can back up all chats within WhatsApp to iCloud and choose to include videos or not. The backup will contain other media files such as photos and cannot be selectively excluded.

Method 1. Backup specific WhatsApp chat on iPhone directly

To create a backup for a specific WhatsApp chat on iPhone, follow these steps:

Step 1. Open WhatsApp and select the individual or group chat you want to save by tapping on the contact's name or group subject > Click the Export Chat option to export the specific chat.

Step 2. A pop-up will appear, asking if you want to include media (photos, videos, etc.) in the backup or not. Choose Without Media to create a backup. And you can export this specific WhatsApp chat using the Mail app or any other application you prefer.

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Method 2. Backup all WhatsApp messages with iCloud

WhatsApp provides a manual way for iPhone users to back up their chats using iCloud. However, there are certain requirements you should meet before learning how to backup only chats in WhatsApp on iPhone:

enlightenedEnsure that the internet connection on your device is available.
enlightenedLog in with the Apple ID you use to access iCloud.
enlightenedYour iPhone must be running iOS 12 or a later version.
enlightenedMake sure iCloud Drive is enabled. (Navigate to Settings > Tap on your Apple ID > Choose iCloud > iCloud Drive.)
enlightenedVerify that you have enough space, at least 2.05 times the size of your WhatsApp backup, both on your iPhone and in your iCloud storage. 
Note: If there is not enough space on your iPhone or iCloud, you can skip to the next part to back up all WhatsApp data with FoneTool. It will help you back up WhatsApp to Windows without consuming your iPhone and iCloud storage space.

Once you've confirmed that these conditions are met, you can proceed to back up only your WhatsApp chats on your iPhone by following these steps: Open the WhatsApp application on your iPhone > Go to the Settings option > Chats > Chat Backup > Make sure the Include Videos option is disabled and click on Back Up Now to back up your WhatsApp chats to iCloud.

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You can also enable automatic, scheduled backups by turning on the Auto Backup option. After that, choose your backup frequency (Daily, Weekly, or Monthly). 

These 2 ways above are all about how to backup only WhatsApp messages without media.

Bonus: How to backup WhatsApp on iPhone efficiently

The two options above can help you back up a single WhatsApp chat without media or all WhatsApp chat without videos. Backing up with iCloud can be more convenient for iPhone users to protect all  WhatsApp chats.

And the capacity of your WhatsApp backup on iCloud depends on your available iCloud storage. Free users are typically limited to the initial 5 GB of iCloud storage, which can become frustrating when there is too much data.

So why not choose another professional app - FoneTool to back up all WhatsApp data? You can get a different experience from using it.

blushSuper-fast transfer speed: FoneTool allows you to move all your WhatsApp data from your iPhone to your PC in a very short time. For example, even thousands of messages can be transferred within a few minutes.
blushNo data leakage: FoneTool exclusively relies on a USB connection for the transfer, ensuring that all your data is moved in a secure environment without the risk of leakage.
blushNo Apple ID limitation: You can effortlessly transfer WhatsApp data from one iPhone to another, even if they have different Apple IDs.
blushEasy data export: Once the backup process is completed, you can simply export your WhatsApp messages and other data to your computer, allowing you to view them directly.

Now you can click the download button to get FoneTool and follow the steps below to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to PC.

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1. Launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer via a reliable USB cable.

2. Click WhatsApp Manager on the left pane > Go to WhatsApp or WA Business > Here we choose WhatsApp > Backup WhatsApp and click Get Started.

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3. Check Enable Backup Encryption if you need > Select the storage path > Click Start Backup.

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4. When the transfer is completed, you can click the View icon to check the details and choose to export the specific chat.

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Except for the WhatsApp backup, you can also go to Phone Transfer > Choose iPhone to PC to transfer other iPhone data to PC.

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That’s all about how to backup only WhatsApp messages without media on iPhone, you can realize the process with WhatsApp or iCloud. If you need to protect all WhatsApp data, you can consider using the iPhone data management software - FoneTool to back up it even though WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business is not working.

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