All WhatsApp users know that exporting WhatsApp media is very different from backing up the content and restoring it. During backup and restoration, the content of the WhatsApp application is encrypted and stored in the database format that can't be opened or accessed without using the app. Unlike this, exporting the data means taking the content and downloading it on another device where it can be read and used without WhatsApp.

export data to external hard-drive

So, today, we are going to learn some methods that will allow us to export WhatsApp media from phone to an external hard drive. Let's explore them together.

Regardless of the reason to export the media files, you can quickly transfer the data to keep an extra copy. We have explained three quick and easy methods for you. Take a look and pick the one you find more convenient.

Method 1. Export WhatsApp Media from Android to External Hard Drive with a USB Cable

It is a direct method to export WhatsApp media from Android. Even though there is no direct way to transfer the files, you can follow this simple procedure to extract the media files.

Step 1: Connect your phone to the system using a USB cable and allow the system to access device data. Now, open the device to view folders and files.

allow access to device data

Step 2: Select the internal storage option and scroll to find the WhatsApp folder. Inside the folder, you will find another folder named Media. Open the media folder, and there you will see different folders for images, videos, audio messages, and music files.

open whatsapp media folder

Step 3: Now select the folder that you wish to export and right-click on it. Copy the folder and open a new explorer window.

select media

Step 4: Create a new folder with any name and paste the files inside it. It will only take a while to copy all the files if the size isn't too large.

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If you have multiple files, then the export might take some time. Make sure that the device is connected until the process finish; otherwise, you have to carry out the steps again.


Method 2. Export WhatsApp Media from iPhone to External Hard Drive via iTransor for WhatsApp

With the above method, you can extract Android files. However, if you have an iPhone, then extraction won't be that simple. Hence, you need another way to export WhatsApp media from iPhone to External Hard Drive. For this, you can use the Export to Computer feature of the iTransor for WhatsApp software. As the software supports both Android and iOS, you can even transfer WhatsApp data across different platforms.

windows version    Mac version

Just get your hands on the software and follow the steps below.

Step 1: Launch iTransor for WhatsApp and select the "Back Up WhatsApp on Devices" option from the home screen.

Step 2: Connect the iPhone to the system and make sure that the device is listed as the source in the software. To provide access to the system, you'll have to click on the "Trust this Computer" option on your iPhone.

back up device whatsapp data

Step 3: Start the process by selecting "Back Up," and once the process finishes, switch to "Export/Restore WhatsApp Backup" mode.

backing up whatsapp data

Step 4: From the home page of the export mode, choose the WhatsApp backup you just made, and click on the Export to Computer button.

choose whatsapp backup to export media files

Step 5: The software will scan the backup and display the content inside the backup along with the attachments and messages.

select media files to export

Step 6: Now, choose the media files that you want to export or select all the files and hit the Export on Computer option.

whatsapp export folders

All WhatsApp media files will be downloaded on the system in a readable format. Using this way, you have not only exported the content but also created another backup of your app data. Now, you have both messages and media files in an accessible format without any hassle. You can even open the messages using the HTML viewer online.

export whatsapp chats as html files using itransor for whatsapp


Method 3. Export WhatsApp Media Using Email Chat

As you all know, within the app, we can share the chats via Email to any contact. It provides another way to the users to export WhatsApp media from phone to external hard drive. Regardless of the device you own, an Android device or iPhone, this method can be used by every WhatsApp user.

The steps you need to follow are given below:

Step 1: Open the WhatsApp application and select the chat whose media or messages you want to export. Open the chat and tap on the three vertical dots.  For iPhone users, just tap on the contact name on the screen.

select whatsapp chat to export

Step 2: Select the "More" option, and there you will find the Export Chat option. As you tap on the Export Chat button, the supported apps where you can share the content will be listed.

select whatsapp export chat to email option

Step 3: Select the Email option from the list and choose to attach the media files in the mail. Enter your Email ID in the "To" field space and hit the Send icon.

whatsapp export chat via email

The media files can be downloaded on the system by accessing your Email on the desktop.


At last, we know three methods that can successfully export WhatsApp media from phone to an external card. From now on, whenever someone asks for your help to extract their media files and messages from WhatsApp, you have more than one way to help them.

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