How to Export Your WhatsApp Chat History to PC

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It’s one thing to back up your WhatsApp chats and conversations, but these can only ever be retrieved back to the original account, and you can’t use or access them externally to the app. If you export your WhatsApp chats, however, you can access them as regular text files (with media files stored separately). Whether you want to share the entire history of a conversation with a friend or use it as evidence of who-knows-what, here’s how to export your WhatsApp chats to PC.

Go to the WhatsApp chat you want to export, tap the three-dot menu icon at the top right, then tap “More -> Export chat.”

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Now you’ll have a choice of exporting the chat with or without media. Note that in our experience, selecting “Include Media” won’t export either your entire chat history or all the media in your chat history. It will be limited to around the last 60,000 to 70,000 characters that you wrote and whatever media is contained back to that point.

So if you want to get the entire conversation and media’s not a priority, select the “Without Media” option.

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Next, select where you want to export the chat to. If you want to open it on PC, your best bet is to upload it to Google Drive (or other cloud service that you have both on your PC and phone).

Once you’ve uploaded it, your conversation will appear as a “txt” file which can be opened in the browser version of Google Drive or by using any basic text editor app like Notepad on PC or TextEdit on macOS.

Want to learn more WhatsApp tricks? Why not try enabling the new WhatsApp Dark Mode or check out these great extensions for WhatsApp.

Robert Zak Robert Zak

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