Whatsapp mobile messenger is a mobile messenger messaging application that allows users to exchange messages from anywhere in the world for free. Whatsapp is a cross-platform app compatible with various mobile phones like Blackberry, iPhone, Android, Symbian and even Nokia S40 series. Most smartphone users today use Whatsapp for free messaging and the conversations are store in a log.
Sometimes one may change phone and will want to retain his conversations from the old phone, so backing up your Whatsapp can allow you transfer your chat log from one phone to another. But today I want to show you how you can backup whatsapp conversations on a computer. The chat log contains all your messages and its contents be it videos, images, audio and texts. So for the purpose of this article, I will be using an iPhone and a Windows computer though you can repeat the same process with any smartphone and OS.
How to Backup Whatsapp Conversations on a Computer:
Before you can backup Whatsapp conversations of an iPhone Smartphone on a computer, you may have to first root it to gain the privilege to some files. You can read ‘Android Rooting: Benefits and Disadvantages’ first. Then you will need an iPhone Backup Extractor, ActivePython and Whatsapp Xtract tool.
Create a backup for your Whatsapp on your mobile phone. Open your Whatsapp and navigate to Settings >> More>> Backup Chats.
Install the ActivePython on your computer first, and then launch it. Open the iPhone Backup Extractor on your phone and navigate to net.whatsapp.WhatsApp/Documents/ChatStorage.sqlite.
Ensure to create an unencrypted backup with iTunes, as these tools can’t handle encrypted backups.
On Android it will be /data/data/com.whatsapp/databases/msgstore.db and /data/data/com.whatsapp/databases/wa.db
And copy them to your memory card.
Create a folder on your computer Desktop and name it Whatsapp backup. Extract the ‘Whatsapp Extract tool.zip’ to the folder you just created. E.g C:\Users\Computer_name\Desktop\Whatsapp Backup. Run “!install pyCrypto.bat” as administrator, then paste the ChatStorage.sqlite (for iPhone) or msgstore.db and wa.db (for Android) and overwrite any files.
Then open the “whatsapp_xtract_iphone” for iPhone or “whatsapp_xtract_android” for Android. The HTML file from the database will be opened and open it on a web browser to see your Whatsapp conversations.
How i hope you can backup Whatsapp conversations on your computer easily. If you have any questions to ask or comments to make, use the comment box below. Remember to share this post with your friends.