Did you know that you can easily export individual chats as well as your entire WhatsApp chat history? This feature is extremely handy when you switch from Facebook’s WhatsApp Messenger to an alternative and want to archive your conversation threads. NextPit shows you how you can secure your chats – with and without media included.
WhatsApp magically backs up your chat history to your cloud account every night. However, the instant messenger saves the backup in a file format that you cannot easily open and browse. If you also want to save your chat history as a text file on your computer, you can do this using an export function in WhatsApp.
For example, you can print out your chat history with your partner on endless sheets of paper. Isn’t that romantic? Alternatively, the chat threads will not be lost if you want to switch to a WhatsApp alternative. If you choose Telegram, you can even conveniently export your WhatsApp chats. How to export your chats:
How to export WhatsApp chats
There are basically two ways to export WhatsApp chats. The first is to go to the chat thread with a friend and then tap the three dots at the top of the screen. Under “More” you will find the option “Export Chat” – and off you go!
This method works just as well on your iPhone too. There is another method on Android that is a little easier, especially if you want to export multiple chats in a row. Just follow the steps below:
- Go to WhatsApp The settings.
- Choose Chats.
- Choose Chat history.
- Choose Export chat.
- Select a chat thread.
- From here you can choose to export the chat with or without data.
- After making a decision, choose the destination where you want to export the data.
The exported media are then available as individual files and you can view your chat history as a TXT file. WhatsApp also writes the respective timestamps and names in front of each message. This is particularly useful as you can also export group chat history.
Unfortunately there is currently no way to export all chats in WhatsApp at once. Therefore it is a bit tedious to click on every single chat and every group individually. One storage option for all of your WhatsApp data would be backups, but these can only be opened in WhatsApp itself. We have summarized how you can perform WhatsApp backups in the linked article.
Does the export function in WhatsApp help you or do you have a better option for us? Let us know in the comments which instant messenger you switched to after exporting.