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If you have ever wondered how to backup WhatsApp messages, you have come to the right place. You can export WhatsApp chats to PC, including photos, voice messages and gifs, in just a few clicks and without much hassle.

Maybe you’ve already heard that WhatsApp is going to block every user who doesn’t accept the new license agreement. What to do? Well, for one, don’t panic and back up WhatsApp – just in case. You can choose between five different ways of transferring WhatsApp chats to PC. Note that these methods will only help you backup iPhone Whatsapp messages. If you are an Android user, you can follow the official WhatsApp guide on how to back up WhatsApp to Google Drive.

There are 5 ways to backup WhatsApp on iPhone:


Backup WhatsApp

as PDF or HTML

If you need to save WhatsApp chats to computer in a readable format to print out later, CopyTrans Contacts is by far the best solution to save WhatsApp chats.

With CopyTrans Contacts, you can:

💭 save WhatsApp chats with all the attahments (photos, videos, emojis) to your PC;
💭 save iPhone contacts to PC;
💭 transfer contacts between Gmail, Outlook, Android and your PC or iPhone;
💭 recover, delete or edit iPhone contacts;
💭 manage notes and calendars

View your WhatsApp chats, messages and export them to your PC. And if you found yourself asking: how to save WhatsApp videos? How to save WhatsApp photos? How to save WhatsApp audio? – Well, among other obvious benefits, CopyTrans Contacts can save all your WhatsApp attachments (photos, videos, and audio messages) to PC. So, how to save WhatsApp chat on PC? Here is a solution:

  1. First, download and install CopyTrans Contacts from the following page:
  2. Download CopyTrans Contacts
  3. Run CopyTrans Contacts and connect your iPhone. The program will start loading all the iPhone data… This may take a while, so be patient.
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  5. Click on the Messages tab (a speech bubble icon on the left) and stand by until you see all your iPhone text messages loaded. Select “WhatsApp” from the list of sources in the top-left corner. You will see all your WhatsApp conversations listed below.
    WhatsApp, Line, Viber and sms messaging services are all in CopyTrans Contacts

    TIP: To export messages for a specific time period, click on the cogwheel symbol under the list of services and choose the exact time frame.

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  7. Choose the conversations you wish to back up. To select a conversation, tick the checkbox next to each message thread on the left. To select all conversations at once, check the “Messages” box on top. You can also select individual messages within each conversation in the same way. Click on the “Export selected” button.
  8. Select the WhatsApp conversation to export

  9. Select the backup format. CopyTrans Contacts can save WhatsApp chats in various formats including PDF, web page (HTML), Word, Plain Text, and Excel.

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    Note: CopyTrans Contacts will automatically place all photos, videos, GIFs, voice messages and stickers from each conversation into a separate folder created on your PC. Please note that the attachment folder will be created for all export formats except for Excel and CSV.

  10. It’s time to transfer that WhatsApp backup to PC! Browse for a location on your PC to place the exported messages (or create a new folder). I prefer saving messages on my desktop so that I could find them easily later. Once selected, click OK.
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  12. When the backup is finished, open this folder, and tap on Messages.
  13. Select folder to backup WhatsApp Chat

  14. Select the latest backup folder.
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  16. Open the conversation of your choice.
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    BONUS: You’ll find a folder containing all the chat attachments right next to the exported document.

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WhatsApp Backup

on PC

There are two ways to transfer WhatsApp messages to your new iPhone: iCloud and PC. Free iCloud storage is limited and creates problems with large amounts of data. So, we advise you to have a WhatsApp chat backup on your PC with CopyTrans Shelbee. Then you can restore WhatsApp from backup.

🔋 Advantages of CopyTrans Shelbee:

💭 You can recover selected data only or perform a full restore;
💭 Back up iPhone to an external hard drive or to a PC folder of your choice;
💭 Back up apps in .ipa files and transfer them to your new device;
💭 Make a full or incremental backup;
💭 Compatible with iTunes backup;
💭 Supports encrypted iPhone backups;

CopyTrans Shelbee backs up all the iPhone data, not only the WhatsApp messages.

To save WhatsApp chats, you have to:

  1. First of all, download CopyTrans Shelbee and install it.

    Download CopyTrans Shelbee

  2. Now start CopyTrans Shelbee and connect your iPhone to your PC.

  3. Click on “Backup”…

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  5. … and then “Full Backup”.

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    If your iPhone is encrypted, you can enter your iOS backup password to validate the backup. If you want more info, we have an article about iPhone backup password.

    Insert your iOS backup password

  7. Wait until the backup successfully finishes.

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As you’ve already guessed, CopyTrans Shelbee is perfect for Whatsapp transfer, backup and restore.


How to save Whatsapp chats

Extract from backup

If your WhatsApp chats stayed on another device, use CopyTrans Backup Extractor to search for a backup of this device and thenrecover WhatsApp messages to your PC: the messages will be automatically found, extracted to PC in PDF format, and you will be able to read the anytime.


🖤 Advantages of CopyTrans Backup Extractor:

💭 save attachments from SMS messages, WhatsApp or Threema chats;
💭 compatible with all backup types: iCloud, iTunes, CopyTrans Shelbee or other programs;
💭 find all the backups automatically;
💭 the trial version allows you to preview data types in the backup.

CopyTrans Backup Extractor searches for backups on your PC and in iCloud. It also allows you to access your old WhatsApp backups. The process is rather simple:

  1. Download, install and run CopyTrans Backup Extractor:

  2. Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

    CopyTrans Backup Extractor works with iTunes backups, iCloud backups, as well as backups made with CopyTrans Shelbee. If the backup is corrupted and cannot be restored with iTunes, CopyTrans Backup Extractor may still recover the data.

  3. The program will now search for all the iPhone backups saved on your PC. Then you can select the iPhone backup you need and click on it.

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    NOTE: If you are restoring from iTunes backup, you may be asked for a backup password. What password?

    iCloud backups will be marked with a cloud icon and they are never password-protected.

  5. If you have an iCloud Whatsapp backup, click on “Log in to iCloud” to find the iCloud backup and extract whatsapp backup from iCloud..

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  7. When the backup opens, click on “WhatsApp” -> “Extract”.

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  9. Now select a destination folder on your PC.

  10. That’s it! You can now read your WhatsApp messages on PC, look up images from WhatsApp chats or find some long-lost piece of information.


WhatsApp iCloud backup

iCloud allows you to keep a backup copy of WhatsApp chat history online. However, these messages cannot be accessed from iPhone or PC. Also, WhatsApp backup takes space in your iCloud storage, so you may need to pay to store your messages and attachments in iCloud. If you plan on viewing your WhatsApp chats later, consider making a backup to your computer.

It’s recommended to use this backup method in case you wish to restore WhatsApp conversations to another iOS device. So, how to backup WhatsApp on iCloud?

  1. On your iPhone, open WhatsApp.
  2. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone

  3. Secondly, to make iCloud WhatsApp Backup, navigate to Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup.
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  5. If you want your WhatsApp videos included in the backup, set the toggle next to “Include Videos” to ON. Turn on Auto Backup if you want to enable regular automatic backups.
    Turn on Auto Backup and include videos

    The frequency of automatic backups can easily be adjusted.

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  7. Tap on”Back Up Now”.
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That is how you make your icloud whatsapp copy and then you could restore WhatsApp from iCloud.


WhatsApp transfer

Sending WhatsApp messages via email is not a perfect option, as your messages will be sent in TXT format. Also, you can only send 10,000 messages at a time. Another major drawback – you will not be able to restore them to iPhone later. If you’re interested, we have a guide on how to restore WhatsApp chats tutorial.

If you are OK with these restrictions, follow the guide below to backup WhatsApp on iPhone via email.

  1. Open WhatsApp and navigate to the conversation you wish to email. Then tap the contact name on top.
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  3. Tap on “Export Chat” and choose whether to include media (i.e. attached photos or videos).
  4. Expor WhatsApp with Attach Media

  5. Now choose Email or another service.
  6. Select the service to backup

An email will be sent containing the conversation(s) in TXT format. If you chose to include media, all photos/videos from the conversations will also be sent as individual attachments.


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