3 Methods to Backup and Export WhatsApp Chat Log from iPhone to PC

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I really hate pressing "load more" to find chat history long ago but contained important information from WhatsApp and plus the fact that bloated (and still growing) chat history would slow down WhatsApp on my iPhone 6, can you tell me how to backup and export WhatsApp chat log from iPhone to PC? Many thanks in advance!

Indeed, extracting WhatsApp chat history from iPhone to PC do facilitates you to view chat log in an easier way and frees up WhatsApp space so as to optimize its performance. Without further ado, I'm to show you 3 different methods to extract iPhone WhatsApp chats to PC to save iPhone space.

Important Tips: Taking all into consideration, Method 3 is highly recommended if you want to backup and export iPhone WhatsApp data to PC efficiently. See the brief comparison via the table below.
  Method 1 Method 2 Method 3
Types of WhatsApp data that can backup All except videos All All
Is backup file readable? No No Yes
How does restore perform, all or selectively? All All Selectively backup what you want
Does it free up iPhone space? Yes No Yes
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Method 1: Backup WhatsApp Data to PC via iCloud/iTunes

As we all know, iTunes/iCloud plays significant role in assisting the functionality of iOS devices including Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc. Hence, you can log onto https://www.apple.com/support/ and click iCloud or iTunes icon to learn how to backup iPhone data to PC with it.

But note that videos are excluded from iCloud backup though it save WhatsApp chats and media. Moreover, neither iTunes nor iCloud backup file is readable on PC. Namely, this method only frees up WhatsApp space but does no good for viewing detailed WhatsApp chats on PC.

Method 2: Backup WhatsApp Chat History with WhatsApp by Default

Aside from iCloud and iTunes, WhatsApp itself offers 2 modes to backup contacts, messages, videos, audios and other chat history as well: Auto Backup and Backup Now. The following are the detailed operations on how to backup WhatsApp chat history on iPhone.

Auto Backup

Open WhatsApp on your iPhone and tap the Settings button at the bottom-right, then tap Chat Settings >> Chat Backup >> Auto Backup in turn and turn it on. After that, WhatsApp would automatically backup chat history.

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Note: Auto Backup offers you 3 backup options: daily, weekly and monthly. Choose one that fits your needs best.

Backup Now

Head for WhatsApp >> Settings >> Chat Settings >> Chat Backup >> Backup Now on your iPhone guarantees you to backup the up-to-date chat log for WhatsApp.

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Different from Method 1 that backup all iPhone data, Methods 2 only saves WhatsApp data. However, both methods backup the whole WhatsApp conversations (unnecessary data included) and the corresponding backup files are unreadable on PC.

Method 3: Selectively Export WhatsApp Photos/Messages/Contacts/Videos to PC

Honestly speaking, iPhone WhatsApp Transfer would be your best choice to extract WhatsApp chats to PC when compared with above 2 methods. It's a cost-effective program that empowers you to export WhatsApp contacts, videos, messages and audios from iPhone (iPhone SE/6s/6s Plus/6 Plus/6/5S/5/4S/4 supported) to PC for better viewing. See how it exports iPhone WhatsApp history to PC below.

  • Step 1: Download iPhone WhatsApp Transfer to PC and launch it afterwards.
  • Step 2: Connect your iPhone to PC and then it will automatically display existing as well as deleted WhatsApp pictures, videos, messages, audios and contacts on the primary interface.
  • Step 3: Tick your desired WhatsApp chat logs and contacts that you want to backup under Chat/Contacts section. After that, click "Export" to extract them to PC.

Within minutes, WhatsApp message would be saved in .xls, .txt or .xlm format and photos, videos, audios in original formats on PC for better viewing. Furthermore, it also supports reading the unreadable backup files mentioned in Method 1 and Method 2.

These are all for the detailed operation to backup WhatsApp data for iPhone. But if you want to recover lost WhatsApp messages rather than back them up, you can click here for reference.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iPhone Data Follow @Jerry Cook