WhatsApp is a paramount platform for communicating. It gives users a chance to send messages, photos, and other valuable data. Sometimes, we may delete or lose some WhatsApp data by accident, so it is wise to save important audio messages, photos, and videos on your computer for backup. This article, therefore, explains how you can save your WhatsApp media files on your iPhone for later use.


All the three ways work for iPhone running iOS 7/8/9/10/11/12/13, even the latest iOS 14.

Method 1. Save WhatsApp Media Files to Your iPhone

To save your WhatsApp media files, you just need to follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Navigate to the WhatsApp application and launch it.

Step 2: After opening it tap the icon on the bottom right corner of your iPhone and click the "Settings" option.

Step 3: After opening the settings, click on "Chats" to select the media that you want to save.

Step 4: Then tap "Save incoming media" to make sure that all the incoming images and videos that you receive are automatically saved in your WhatsApp folder.

Save WhatsApp Media Files to your iPhone   Save incoming media

Method 2. Save WhatsApp Media Files by Enabling Auto Backup via iCloud

You can prevent the risk of losing your WhatsApp media files by enabling auto-backup through iCloud. To do that, you need to follow these three simple steps.

Step 1: Locate the WhatsApp application, open it and then tap on the "Setting" option.

Step 2: When you open the settings, go to the "Chat" option and click to open it. Then tap on the "Chat Backup" option.

Save WhatsApp Media Files to your iPhone   Save incoming media

Step 3: Select iCloud as your backup account and then choose the "Back Up Now" option. This selection will instantly backup your WhatsApp photos and messages.

Step 4: Turn on the automatic backup by choosing the "Auto Backup" option. Then select the schedule for your backup. The schedule could be daily, weekly, or monthly. Your messages and media will also be backed up to your iCloud and you can restore them when you reinstall WhatsApp.

backup whatsapp media files using iCloud   turn on auto backup

Method 3. Save iPhone WhatsApp Attachment, Voice & Text Messages to Computer via iMyFone iTransor Lite

It is vital to save WhatsApp attachments from iPhone to the computer and you can also make it by a data extraction tool. Though varieties of applications offer this function, none matches the service provided by iMyFone iTransor Lite iPhone Data Exporter, which has been renamed from D-Port. With credible features, the program can do more than you expected.

iMyFone iTransor Lite iPhone Data Exporter (iOS 14/13/12 Supported)

  • Besides WhatsApp, it extracts voice memos, notes, photos and more, altogether 18 types of data from your iPhone.
  • It can also be used to back up your iOS device completely or selectively, for example, you can backup your contacts messages, WhatsApp data, WeChat data separately.
  • It works efficiently with almost all versions of iPhone including iPhone 8/X/XS/XR/11, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • The program can also extract data from iTunes/iCloud backup.
  • Its pro version iTransor can do more. For example, restore selectively from iTunes or iCloud backup.

Windows version      Mac version

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to save WhatsApp voice messages, text messages, and attached photos/videos from iPhone to computer using iMyFone iTransor Lite (compatible with all iOS versions including iOS 14/13/12).

Step 1: Choose "Back Up & Export from Device" Option

Launch the iMyFone program on your computer and then select the "Back Up & Export from Device" option on the left panel. Connect your device to the computer. Then click "Export Data" to proceed.

export data from iOS device

Step 2: Choose File Types and Scan iOS Device

Select the WhatsApp as the file types you want to scan. You can select all the file types of course.

Choose the data type(s)

After you click Next, the program will start to scan your device.

scan for the files on your iPhone

Step 3: Preview and Choose WhatsApp Data to Save

Once the scanning is finished, all the WhatsApp data will be displayed. Preview and select media files that you want to save. Then click on "Export" and choose a folder on your computer to save the exported files.

Preview WhatsApp Attachments

With iMyFone iTransor Lite iPhone Data Extractor (iOS 14/13/12 supported), you can always save your WhatsApp and other data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your PC/Mac with the above easy steps. Just download its free trial version to have a try!

Method 4. A More Powerful Tool to Manage Your WhatsApp Data

iTransor for WhatsApp is a tool that focus on managing WhatsApp data. Other than exporting WhatsApp media files from iPhone, it also support WhatsApp backup, restore and transfer between iOS and Android devices. If you are planning to switch to an Android phone and hope to keep all your WhatsApp data, iTransor for WhatsApp will be the perfect tool for you. Saving WhatsApp media files from iPhone with iTransor for WhatsApp, you can

  • Save only WhatsApp media files individually from your iPhone to computer.
  • You can choose to save some or all of the media files.
  • Save WhatsApp media files with WhatsApp messages and read the chats like they appear on you iPhone is also supported.
  • Not only the regular WhatsApp Messenger, WhatsApp Business version is also available in iTransor for WhatsApp.
  • Support almost all iOS versions 9.0 to 13.4 and iOS devices from iPhone 4s to iPhone 11 Pro.

windows version      Mac version

Following are the steps about how to save WhatsApp media files from iPhone.

Step 1: Back Up WhatsApp on iPhone

Before saving WhatsApp media files, we suggest that you do a backup of all the WhatsApp data of your iPhone first. In this way, you can keep the backup on your computer to stay away from data loss. After launching the program, connect your iPhone with the computer and choose the "Back Up WhatsApp on Devices"

back up whatsapp on iphone

Step 2: Scan the WhatsApp Data in the Backup

Once the backup is done, change to Export/Restore WhatsApp Backup from the left menu. Find the backup you hope to save media files from, and click Export to Computer from the buttons at the end of interface. The program will start scanning the WhatsApp data in your backup.

scan whatsapp data in the backup before export

Step 3: Preview and Select the Media Files to Save

You can see all the media files of your WhatsApp data in the software. And you can select all the media files or use search bar to filter the media files you hope to save to computer. Once make up your decision, choose where and which format to export. We suggest you to use HTML format so that your media files will be exported with timestamps. Then you can filter them by time as you like.

preview whatsapp attachments and choose to export