Did you ever think of saving your WhatsApp conversation as PDF for future use? Or did you want to export WhatsApp chat to PDF for printing or sharing? If the answer is ‘Yes”, you are at the right place. Here you will not only learn the process of exporting WhatsApp chat to PDF using the traditional method but also how to get the job done more efficiently.
How to Export WhatsApp Chat to PDF
We will discuss 3 different ways to save WhatsApp as PDF. Two of them work for both Android and iOS, but one of them only works for Android.
1. Use WhatsApp export feature (For Android & iOS)
Under normal conditions, i.e., if you want to save WhatsApp chat as PDF occasionally, things can be done without any hassle as the app itself has a built-in feature to help you with the task. However, the only limitation of using this integrated option is that it can export only one conversation thread (chats with one contact) at a time.
Nevertheless, as mentioned above, if you are a home user and don’t want to export WhatsApp chat to PDF frequently and/or for official documentation, the method that is given below should be quite useful to you.
Step 1: Get to the Export Options Screen
Open the WhatsApp conversation that you want to export to PDF. If you’re using an Android smartphone, tap the Options icon from the top, tap More from the menu that drops down, and tap Export chat to see the available export options. On the other hand, if you are an iOS user, tap the contact’s name from the top, scroll down the Contact Info screen that comes up next, and tap Export Chat.
Step 2: Select an Export App and Send the Chat to the PC
From the “Send chat via” menu, tap to pick your preferred app to export the chat to your PC. It is recommended that you choose the email option for convenience. On the Compose screen, make sure that the WhatsApp conversation is attached as a TXT file, and then tap the Send icon from the top-right corner to send the email with the attachment to yourself.
Step 3: Convert the Conversation to PDF
On your computer, use your favorite web browser to access your email account, go to Inbox, and download the attached TXT file to the local hard drive of your PC. Now, right-click the downloaded file, go to Open with, and click Word to open it with MS Word.
After this, click File from the top of the MS Word interface, click Save As, click to select a destination folder, choose PDF from the Save as type list on the Save As box, and click Save to save WhatsApp chat as PDF.
2. Use Exporter for WhatsApp (For Android)
If you are an Android user, Play Store has a dedicated app called Exporter for WhatsApp that allows you to export your WhatsApp chat to PDF pretty conveniently. Because the tool is developed specifically for the purpose, its efficiency is way beyond satisfactory level.
You can learn how to export WhatsApp chat to PDF with Exporter for WhatsApp by following the step-by-step procedure given below:
Note: Unfortunately, as is the case with the method explained in the previous section, even Exporter for WhatsApp lets you export only one conversation thread at a time.
Step 1: Prepare Exporter for WhatsApp for Use
Launch Play Store and download and install Exporter for WhatsApp on your smartphone by going to the https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gilapps.whatsappexporter URL. Alternatively, you can also search Exporter for WhatsApp by typing its name in the Play Store’s search bar at the top. Once installed, launch the app and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the initial setup steps.
Step 2: Choose Exporter for WhatsApp as an Exporting App
Follow the procedure explained in Step 1 of the previous section to get to the Send chat via options menu. Tap to select Exporter for WhatsApp this time.
Step 3: Export WhatsApp Chat to PDF
On the Permission required screen, tap GRANT PERMISSION and tap Allow on the confirmation boxes that appear next to allow the app to access your device and its files. On the RoboTi box, tap NEXT, and then tap to select your WhatsApp number.
On the next screen, check the conversation box that you want to export and tap EXPORT from the bottom. From the Select Exporting Format screen, tap to select PDF Document, and then tap your preferred theme from the Select A Theme screen to export WhatsApp chat to PDF.
Tap Close on the Success screen.
Once exported, you can access the PDF file by going to the WhatsAppExporter > conversations folder on your Android smartphone, and then use your preferred method to transfer the file to your PC or any other device.
3. Use iMyFone iTransor for WhatsApp (For Android & iOS)
If you want to export all WhatsApp chats at once to PDF, you must use a dedicated third-party tool that supports the feature and can work with both Android and iOS platforms. This is where iMyFone iTransor comes into play. The program is available for both Mac and Windows computers, and can easily detect smartphones running iOS and Android operating systems.
In addition, unlike the methods explained above, iTransor makes things as simple as the matter of a few mouse clicks. You can learn how to export WhatsApp chat to PDF using iTransor by following the instructions given below.
Step 1: Back up WhatsApp Chats
After downloading iTransor from the official website and installing it on your Windows/Mac PC, launch the program. Use the correct cable to connect your Android or iOS phone to the computer (iPhone 13 Pro Max here for illustrations), and wait while iTransor detects and shows your smartphone on the screen. Next, click Back Up from the navigation bar on the left, and click Back Up from the bottom of the right window. On the next screen, click WhatsApp Messenger and wait while the software backs up your WhatsApp chat messages. Click Done when the process completes.
Step 2: Prepare iTransor for Conversion and Exporting
Click Restore/Export from the left bar, select the WhatsApp Messenger backup instance you created in the previous step, and click Export to Computer from the bottom-right corner. Wait while the application scans for the WhatsApp backup.
On the next window, check the boxes representing the conversations that you want to export as PDF. Define an output folder in the Export to field at the bottom, and choose PDF from the Save as menu.
Step 3: Export WhatsApp Chat to PDF
Click Export from the bottom-right corner, and follow the on-screen instructions from there to save WhatsApp chat as PDF on your PC.
1. How to export WhatsApp chat to Excel?
To export WhatsApp chat to Excel, you will again need iTransor. As for the process, you can choose ‘XLS’ from the ‘Save as’ menu instead of ‘PDF’ as explained in ‘Step 3’ of the previous section, and continue with the exporting process. Once the XLS file is generated, you can open it in MS Excel normally.
2. How to export all WhatsApp chats at once?
Even for this, you need iTransor as it allows you to back up all your WhatsApp messages, and while restoring, you can select all of them or pick your favorite ones before clicking the ‘Export’ button.
The process to learn how to export WhatsApp chat to PDF is simple. If you want to do this occasionally and for personal memories, the app’s built-in ‘Export chat’ feature is sufficient for the purpose. On the other hand, if the backup and restore are to be done regularly, you must use a professional tool such as Exporter for WhatsApp (if you’re an Android user) or iTransor that has been developed for the purpose.