Transferring Whatsapp export file from iphone to PC, without going via the internet or the moon and back


This is probably asking the impossible from a (rotten) Apple device, but here goes...

I want to help someone backup some very long Whatsapp chat history, there's the "Export chat" option which creates a huge file which then can be uploaded to Onedrive or wherever, if you have a few hours to leave your phone doing this.

Instead, I'd like to just save the file on the phone, and then move it to a PC via USB (or maybe local WIFI). Apple lets you copy your photos via USB, maybe there is an app that makes other files visible the same way?

I have tried an app called Airtransfer for a wifi method, but it didn't work, the file arrived empty. Maybe there is a trick i missed.

Any suggestions welcome.

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Qian BaoDigital Media Specialist and Web DesignerCommented:
I would suggest you to make a backup of the iPhone with either iTunes or third party applications such as PhoneRescue, iMazing or iExplorer. Once you have the backup file, you can simply extract the WhatsApp history with PhoneRescue, iMazing or iExplorer. Since the backup file is encrypted and unreadable by the computer itself, these software are able to export the chat history of WhatsApp in HTML format.

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xeniumAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks that looks like a possibility. I would prefer an ios app that can push the data off and make it available via a standard usb mount on windows, rather than a desktop tool, but still it's an option.
xeniumAuthor Commented:
Thanks yes i agree
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