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How to Export Chat History on Whatsapp

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Do you want to keep a backup of all of your favorite WhatsApp chats? Here’s how to export chat history on WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is an extremely popular messaging app that’s used by people all over the world. It’s likely that you have the app installed on your phone, filled with chats ranging from conversations with close friends and family to discussions with colleagues and casual acquaintances.

While some of these chats may not be particularly important to you, there are likely others that you would be devastated to lose. Thankfully, it’s possible to export your chat history so that you keep all of your favorite chats safe, even if your WhatsApp account gets deleted or you lose your phone.

Learn how to export chat history on WhatsApp below.

How to Export Chat History for a Single Chat on WhatsApp on Android

If you just want to export your chat history for one chat, whether that’s with just one other person or a group chat, there are a couple of ways you can do so. You can export the chat history directly from the chat itself, or go through WhatsApp settings.

To export chat history from a specific WhatsApp chat on Android:

  1. Open WhatsApp and navigate to the chat that you want to export.
  2. Tap the More Options (three dots) icon.
    whatsapp more options
  3. Tap More.
    whatsapp more
  4. Select Export Chat.
    whatsapp export chat
  5. Choose if you want to include media in the export.
    whatsapp include media
  6. Decide how you want to export the file.
    whatsapp export options
  7. Your chat history will now export.

How to Export Chat History for a Single Chat on WhatsApp on iPhone

If you want to export directly from within a WhatsApp chat, the method to do so is a little different for iPhone users.

To export chat history from a specific WhatsApp chat on iPhone:

  1. Launch WhatsApp and navigate to the chat you want to export.
  2. Tap the name of the group.
    whatsapp chat name
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap Export Chat.
    whatsapp export chat
  4. Choose if you want to include media or just the chat text.
    whatsapp attach media
  5. Choose a method to export your file.
    whatsapp export options
  6. Your chat history will now export.

How to Export WhatsApp Chat History from Settings on Android

You can also export the chat history for a specific chat through WhatsApp settings. You will be asked to select the chat you want to export.

To export your WhatsApp chat history through Settings on Android:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. In the Chats tab, tap the More Options (three dots) icon.
    whatsapp more options
  3. Select Settings.
    whatsapp settings
  4. Tap Chats.
    whatsapp chats
  5. Select Chat History.
    whatsapp chat history
  6. Tap Export Chat.
    whatsapp export chat
  7. Choose the chat that you want to export.
  8. Decide if you want media to be included in your export.
    whatsapp include media
  9. Select a method for exporting your chat history.
    whatsapp export options
  10. Your chat history will now export.

How to Export WhatsApp Chat History from Settings on iPhone

The settings to export your WhatsApp chat history are also different for iPhone users.

To export chat history through Settings on iPhone:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the Settings icon.
    whatsapp settings icon
  3. Select Chats.
    whatsapp chats
  4. Tap Export Chat.
    whatsapp export chat
  5. Select the chat you want to export and decide whether you want to include media such as photos and videos in the export.
    whatsapp attach media
  6. Decide how to export your chat backup.
    whatsapp export options
  7. Your chat history will now export.

How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats on Android

You can also back up your chats to Google Drive or iCloud so that your chats are protected even if you lose or damage your phone.

To back up WhatsApp chats on Android:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. In the Chats tab, tap the More Options (three dots) icon.
    whatsapp more options
  3. Select Settings.
    whatsapp settings
  4. Tap Chats.
    whatsapp chats
  5. Select Chat Backup.
    whatsapp chat backup
  6. Tap Back up to Google Drive.
    whatsapp backup to google drive
  7. Select a frequency.
    whatsapp backup frequence
  8. Select a Google account to use, or add a new one.
    whatsapp choose gmail account
  9. Tap the Back Up button and your chats will back up to the Google Drive account you selected.
    whatsapp back up button

How to Back Up WhatsApp Chats on iPhone

You can also back up your older WhatsApp chats on your iPhone.

To back up WhatsApp chats on iPhone:

  1. Launch WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the Settings icon.
    whatsapp settings icon
  3. Select Chats.
    whatsapp chats
  4. Tap Chat Backup.
    whatsapp backup ios
  5. Tap Back Up Now and your chat history will back up to iCloud.
    whatsapp back up now
  6. If you want to automatically back up your chat history at regular periods, tap Auto Backup.
  7. Select a frequency and your chats will automatically back up at the frequency you selected.
    whatsapp backup frequency

Managing Your WhatsApp Settings

Learning how to export chat history on WhatsApp ensures that your favorite chats are kept safe even if your WhatsApp account gets wiped, or you lose your phone. There are more useful tips for WhatsApp that are worth knowing.

If you’d prefer your messages didn’t hang around, you can learn how to send disappearing messages in WhatsApp. If you’re tired of being added to groups you don’t want to be part of, you can control who can add you to WhatsApp groups. And if you decide you want to move to a more privacy-focused messenger app, you’ll want to learn how to delete your WhatsApp account.

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