Backup WhatsApp messages and data from Android phone to computer

WhatsApp and Messenger are two most popular chat apps owned by Facebook company. Many mobile phones users use WhatsApp or Messenger or both of them on their cell phones. WhatsApp allows users to make unlimited free phone calls over the internet, send unlimited text, video, images, audio files for free. Today, we will discuss how WhatsApp users can transfer and backup WhatsApp data, such as messages, photos, videos and more, from Android phones to computer. This WhatsApp backup solution works with all major Android phones, such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, Nexus, Lenovo, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. iPhone users may refer to these methods to backup WhatsApp chats from iPhone to computer.

method 1. Backup WhatsApp messages from Android phone to computer

WhatsApp for Android has the built-in feature to create a local copy of your chats and conversations on the phone’s storage. See how to backup WhatsApp chat history on Android phone. After that you can find the backup files from Internal storage/WHATSAPP/Databases or sdcard/WhatsApp/Databases if your data is not stored on the phone’s internal storage. The WhatsApp chats backup files saved on the folder as msgstore-YYYY-MM-DD.1.db.crypt12 or msgstore.db.crypt12. It is possible that an earlier backup may be like crypt9 or crypt10. You can then connect your phone to computer via USB and copy the WhatsApp backup files from Android to PC or Mac. Note that you cannot open and read the WhatsApp chats and conversation on computer as they are encrypted. If you like to save them as user friendly files on PC or Mac, please refer to the second WhatsApp chats backup solution below.

WhatsApp media files are all save in the Media folder. To backup WhatsApp photos, videos, audios, sound recordings, just copy WhatsApp Media folder from phone to computer.

method 2. Backup WhatsApp chats from Android phone to computer

To transfer your WhatsApp chat history to computer or copy files attached to WhatsApp chat conversations to a PC or Mac and save them as readable files, you need to install the Android phone recovery software on the computer end.

Now go to your Android phone and turn on the USB debugging for Android. After that, connect your phone to computer via its USB data cord. Run the above Android phone data retrieval tool on your computer, select WhatsApp Messages & Attachments and then scan your phone for the WhatsApp data.
scan whatsapp messages and files on android phone

The scanning of your mobile phone storage takes a while especially when you have large storage capacity or memory. After that you will see the scan result page like below.

transfer whatsapp messages and data from android phone to computer

Back up WhatsApp messages to computer

You can select file and data types from the left menu, then all files in the same type will be listed in the middle, you can select any or all found data in the middle column and click the Recover button at the bottom right corner to save the selected data from your Android phone to computer. To transfer WhatsApp messages and files, click WhatsApp from the left category, select the chat in the middle list, you can then preview all chat history in the selected WhatsApp conversation, finally click the Recover button to save WhatsApp chats to your PC or Mac computer. Your WhatsApp messages will be saved as HTML and CSV files on computer. You can open and read WhatsApp messages using your web browsers or a CSV compatible program, such as Microsoft Excel, Numbers and so on.

Back up WhatsApp photos videos to computer

When you save a chat conversation from WhatsApp to computer, you will save both your WhatsApp messages and other files sent and received in the conversation. If you only want to transfer WhatsApp files to computer, you can also click WhatsApp Attachments, then preview the files contained in your WhatsApp chats and back up any of WhatsApp files to your computer. You can find more details from this guide to backup WhatsApp photos and videos from Android to computer. Your WhatsApp files will be saved in their original formats on computer, such as PNG, JPG, MP4, MP3, M4V, MOV, AVI, etc. You can open, read or play these WhatsApp files using compatible program, such as a image editor, video player, music player, etc.

Note that this Android phone data recovery and transfer software can’t only find and export existing data from phone to computer, but also retrieve deleted files as well. For example, you can visit this guide to recover deleted WhatsApp messages from Android phones. This works with almost all Android powered phones, like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, Moto, Lenovo, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Nexus and more. Another thing about this data retrieval solution is that it will temporarily root your phone before it can scan your phone and recover data from it. After the recovery, the software will remove root from your phone automatically.

Update: this article was updated in 2017 with the instructions to make local backups of WhatsApp chats on android device and transfer them to computer.