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CopyTrans Contacts is a solution that allows you to back up WhatsApp messages to your PC in exactly the same way the messages appear on your iPhone (including attached photos, videos, GIFs and emojis). If you want to keep a safe backup of your iPhone WhatsApp Chat History, follow this quick tutorial.

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Back up WhatsApp messages to PC via CopyTrans Contacts

Use the latest version of CopyTrans Contacts to back up WhatsApp messages off the iPhone. If needed, update as expained in the following guide: How to update to the latest CopyTrans version.

  1. Download CopyTrans Contacts from the following page: Download CopyTrans Contacts

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Contacts, please refer to the Installation Guide.

  3. Run CopyTrans Contacts and connect your iPhone. The program starts loading all the iPhone data. save your whatsapp messages to the pc

  4. Click on the Messages tab (a speech-bubble icon on the left) and stand-by until you see all your iPhone text messages loaded.

  5. Select “WhatsApp” from the “Sources” pane on the top left. You will see all your WhatsApp conversations listed below: WhatsApp, Line, Vibes amd sms messaging services are all in CopyTrans Contacts

  6. To export messages for the specific period, click on a cogwheel symbol under a list of services and choose the exact time frame: Save and print iPhone text messages for a certain period of time

  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: Backup text messages on iPhone to Word document

  8. Select the backup format. CopyTrans Contacts can back up WhatsApp messages in various formats including PDF, web page (HTML), Word, Plain Text, and Excel: how to save all whatsapp photos from iphone in a pc folder

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

  10. Now 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. Do it and click OK: how to export attachments from whatsapp imessage sms viber and line threads on iphone to pc

  11. CopyTrans Contacts will create a folder with your device name on your desktop. In my case it’s “Rina’s iPhone 6S”: how to save all iphone messages to the pc

  12. So open this folder and tap on Messages: how to back up gifs and videos from whatsapp on the iphone to a pc folder

  13. Select the latest backup folder: how to save imessage stickers and voice messages to a pc folder

  14. Open the conversation of your choice. You’ll find a folder containing all attachments from this exchange inside: back up your iphone conversations to a folder on your computer

Back up WhatsApp messages via iCloud (an alternative solution)

WhatsApp chat histories are not stored on WhatsApp servers. So using iCloud to save your Whatsapp chats backups can be an option. iCloud allows you to keep a backup copy of WhatsApp chat histories online. However conversations stored in iCloud are not readily accessible on either the iPhone or the PC. Use this backup method in case you wish to transfer WhatsApp conversions to another iOS device.

  1. Run WhatsApp on the iPhone: Open WhatsApp

  2. Navigate to Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup: Back up the chat

  3. If you want your WhatsApp videos included in the backup, shift the toggle against “Include Videos” to the ON position. Turn the Auto Backup option on if you want to enable automatic backup: Turn on Auto Backup and include videos

    You can set up the frequency of auto backups: set whatsapp auto-backup interval

  4. Tap on”Back Up Now”: Back up your WhatsApp Chat Histories

Restore WhatsApp messages via iCloud

If you previously backed up WhatsApp chats to your iCloud account, you are able to restore the messages back to the iPhone. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Once WhatsApp is installed to your new iPhone, enter your phone number and tap “Done”: enter whatsapp cell phone number

  2. Edit your profile: enter your name and add an optional profile picture. Alternatively, you can import your facebook profile: Edit your WhatsApp profile
    NOTE: We do not recommend linking your social profiles for security reasons. Your valuable social media assets can be hacked more easily once all your social accounts are interlinked.

  3. From the next screen, tap “Restore Chat History”:
    Click on Restore Chat History
    NOTE: the above option will only appear if you previously backed up the WhatsApp messages via iCloud.

  4. Stand by until the WhatsApp messages are restored back to the iPhone: Restored WhatsApp thread
    If you have questions left, read the following article on the official WhatsApp website:
    How do I restore my messages.

Exporting WhatsApp conversations via email(an alternative solution)

Sending WhatsApp messages via email is easy but not ideal as this will only generate a TXT file. You can send only 10,000 messages at one time. To send WhatsApp conversations via email do as follows:

  1. Open WhatsApp and navigate to the conversation you wish to email. Then tap the contact name on top:
    Restored message

  2. Tap on “Export Chat” and choose whether to include media (i.e. attached photos or videos): Attach Media

  3. Now choose Email or another service:
    Select the service

An email will be sent containing the conversation(s) text saved into an attached TXT file. If you selected to include media, all photos/videos from the conversation(s) will also be included as individual attachments. You are only able to send WhatsApp chats via email but not restore them back to the iPhone using this method.

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