Learning how to export large WhatsApp chat isn't difficult in theory, but you have a number of different options to choose from when it comes time to actually save your messages. Picking a single technique can be difficult simply because you have so many to select from.
Email is, in some ways, the most obvious method for exporting WhatsApp chat messages. Unfortunately, it's also among the most limited. As a result, users have been looking to a number of other alternative methods in the hopes of finding something that could make this process at least somewhat easier.
Part 1. Comparison of Different WhatsApp Chat Export Methods
|iTransor||File Manager & WhatsApp Viewer|
||Not free, but it can also export messages, contacts and etc.||Require technical knowledge|
|File Type Available||Medias, Messages||All WhatsApp data||Messages|
|Exported File Format||TXT, JPEG||CSV, XLS, HTML||TXT, JPEG|
Part 2. WhatsApp Export Chat Limit
WhatsApp offers solutions for WhatsApp chat backup, transfer, and export. However, these solutions are all limited in some ways. For example, chat backup on Google Drive or iCloud will overwrite the previous backup, the WhatsApp transfer is only available between the same operating system. As for WhatsApp export chat limit, includes
- Users are required to individually export each chat on a case-by-case basis.
- Assuming that your messages contain media, you're limited to the 10,000 most recent messages.
- You won't be able to complete an export this way at all if you have a German IP address. WhatsApp doesn't offer an export function for the German version.
If your chat messages are less than 10,000 with media files or 40,000 without media files, you can ignore the WhatsApp export chat limit and use its' internal export chat function:
- For Android users, open the chat you plan to export, click on the three dots on the right top corner, select Chats > Chat History > Email Chat. Then choose if you would like to attach media files. After that, fill in your email address and click send.
- For iPhone users, open the chat, tap on the contact's name and choose Export Chat, select if you would like to attach media files. Then fill in your email address and click send.
If you would like to know further about the WhatsApp chat export function, check out this article. When it comes to exporting large WhatsApp chats, the export chat might not be the perfect solution. You may consider the next two methods below.
Part 3. Export Large WhatsApp Chat on iPhone via iTransor
In an overwhelming majority of cases, iTransor should prove easiest for those who are already working with iOS devices. While an Android version hasn't been released yet, it should work with all iOS versions up through iOS 13 seamlessly. It's also compatible with nearly all devices from iPhone 4 to iPhone 11 Pro.
By using iMyFone iTransor, you can export large WhatsApp chats easily at once. Simply follow these easy steps:
Step 1 Install and launch the app. Connect your iPhone to the computer.
Step 2 Go to the left pane and select Export from Device & Backup.
Step 3 Hit Export from Device. Follow the prompts to pick the WhatsApp to export, click the scan button.
Step 4 When it finishes the scan, The preview of your WhatsApp data would be shown and it would be exported to your computer once you select the "Export" option.
The process really is that simple, and as a result many people are starting to make the switch. For the time being, an Android version of the app is only available in pre-beta, so it might be a little while before users have the opportunity to try it on that platform. However, it remains the top choice for iOS users in part because it supports iCloud and iTunes backups in addition to discrete offline files.
Part 4. Export Large WhatsApp Chat on Android via File Manager and WhatsApp Viewer
WhatsApp Viewer is a small open-source tool that has a repository on github, so it's easy for technically-inclined users to find. That's why this method is not for non-technical users.
People can install it on a Microsoft Windows-based PC and then use the app to extract data from a connected Android device using the following method:
Step 1 Start with locating the WhatsApp database file using a file manager on you Android device. Access the database file by going to Internal Storage > WhatsApp > Databases.
Step 2 Look for the file you need to export the chat and change its name from msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 to msgstore.db.crypt12.
Step 3 Extract the key and database identifier from your phone. Start the WhatsApp Viewer on the PC your phone is plugged into.
Step 4 Select the msgstore.db file in the extracted directory. Blank out the account name. Import contact names from the onboard wa.db file.
Step 5 Click on any chat to view and export the messages.