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WhatsApp Backup Extractor: Read WhatsApp Conversations on Your Computer

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Feb 29, 2024 • Filed to: Manage Social Apps • Proven solutions

Have you ever wanted to read your WhatsApp messages more conveniently, on your computer? Or, it might be that you want to recover older, possibly archived messages, because they include something which you want to remind yourself of. You should be happy to know that it is possible to extract information from your WhatsApp backup and do these things.

What you need is a WhatsApp backup extractor. Sounds good? It is good, and we are going to walk you through the steps to take just exactly what you want to do. It is not a matter of extracting the whole of your WhatsApp backup. Furthermore, it is a case of giving you the ability to select some or all messages that you want.

Part 1. iPhone Backup Extractor WhatsApp

We at Wondershare have been working for a long time to produce tools to help you live with your smartphone through the good times and the bad times. One of these tools is Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (iOS). It is a program that allows you to easily extract WhatsApp messages from your iPhone itself, or an iTunes or iCloud backup. We think that should cover all the situations.


Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (iOS)

World's 1st iPhone Backup Extractor for WhatsApp.

  • Flexible extract data from iOS devices, iTunes backup, and iCloud.
  • Extract WhatsApp messages, photos, videos, contacts, messages, notes, call logs, and more.
  • Allow previewing and selectively export your data.
  • Save exported data as a readable file.
  • Support all models of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. New icon
Available on: Windows Mac
3981454 people have downloaded it

There are three routes, solutions you can take.

Solution One - Extract WhatsApp Messages from iPhone

Step 1: Download and launch Dr.Fone and connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.

whatsapp backup viewer from iOS devices

Dr.Fone's dashboard – simple and clear.

Then, click on “Data Recovery” from Dr.Fone tools and you should see the following window.

free whatsapp backup extractor

Step 2: Click on 'Start Scan' to begin scanning your device.

whatsapp backup extractor-begin scanning

All your available data, plain to see.

Step 3: Once the scan is complete, all the data found on your device will be displayed, as is shown above. Choose the WhatsApp messages you would like to see on your computer and click 'Recover to Computer', and they will then be saved to your computer.

whatsapp backup extractor-Recover to Computer

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Solution Two - Extract WhatsApp Messages from iTunes Backup

Step 1: Sync your iPhone with iTunes. Run Dr.Fone toolkit and click on “Data Recovery”, then select 'Recover Data from iTunes'.

extract messages from whatsapp backup - iTunes backup

The backup files found on your computer.

Step 2: Choose the iTunes backup file which contains your messages, then click on 'Start Scan'.

extract messages from whatsapp backup - iTunes backup

Step 3: Once the scan is complete, all the files from the backup you selected, will be displayed. Select the WhatsApp messages you want to extract and click on 'Recover to Computer' to save them to your computer.

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How brilliant is that? As we have said, we think that Dr.Fone's tools are great for doing all sorts of things with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, things which help you in so many ways.

Part 2. WhatsApp Backup & Restore (iOS)

We have described how to scan and recover existing, even deleted, messages from WhatsApp. The other WhatsApp backup viewer which you might find useful is Dr.Fone - WhatsApp Transfer. It can back up and selectively export your WhatsApp content. Further to that, the files are extracted and moved in a readable format. They can be read on your computer or any other device.

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Dr.Fone - WhatsApp Transfer

One-click to transfer WhatsApp data from iPhone to your computer

  • Easy, fast, and safe.
  • Backup, read, or export iOS WhatsApp messages to computers.
  • Restore iOS WhatsApp backup to any smartphones.
  • Transfer iOS WhatsApp to iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Android devices.
  • 100% secure software, no harm to your computer or device.
Available on: Windows Mac
3981454 people have downloaded it

This brilliant tool is very easy to use.

Step 1: Download and install Dr.Fone - WhatsApp Transfer on your computer. Run the program and connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer.

Step 2: From the Dr.Fone tools, select “WhatsApp Transfer”. Then you will see the window like below. Just choose 'Backup WhatsApp Messages' from the below window.

whatsapp backup extractor-Backup WhatsApp Messages

Four great choices.

Step 3: Then the WhatsApp backup process will start. After a few minutes, the backup process will be finished. You can now click 'View it' to see your WhatsApp messages.

whatsapp backup extractor-finish backup process

Backup processing

Step 4: Further than that, whatever WhatsApp contents you choose can now be exported, by clicking the “Recover to Computer” button, to your computer, or another computer, and saved as HTML, CSV, or Vcard files. You can read them directly on your computer.

whatsapp backup extractor-read them directly

How brilliant is that?

Not only do we, at Wondershare, produce useful tools for iOS, but also we put the same care into tools to help those with phones running Android too.

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Part 2. WhatsApp Backup Extractor Android

For Android users, the right tool to help you selectively extract WhatsApp messages from your device is Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (Android).


Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (Android)

One-click Android WhatsApp Backup Extractor

  • Preview extracted WhatsApp messages on the computer for free.
  • Recover photos, videos, contacts, messaging, call logs, WhatsApp messages, and more.
  • Compatible with 6000+ Android devices.
Available on: Windows Mac
3981454 people have downloaded it

Follow the steps given below to be able to read your WhatsApp messages on your computer, and more.

Step 1: Download and install Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (Android) on your PC and then follow these simple steps to extract your WhatsApp messages. Launch Dr.Fone toolkit and then connect your phone using a USB cable.

Step 2: For the next step, you will need to enable USB debugging to allow the program to communicate directly with your device. This is a standard requirement with Android phones, but how it is done varies from one version to another. A quick search for “debugging” and the model of your phone, or version of Android, will soon tell you exactly what is required if you do not already know.

Step 3: In the next Dr.Fone window, click 'Recover Android Data' or 'Recover Google Drive Data’ and then begin the scanning.

whatsapp backup extractor-begin the scanning

You have choices.

Step 4: After the scan is complete, all your WhatsApp messages will be displayed in the next window. Select just the messages you would like to extract, then click on 'Recover' to save them to your personal computer.

whatsapp backup extractor-Recover the messages

As promised – all your WhatsApp messages!

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It is easy. It is only easy if you use the right tool. Dr.Fone makes this, and other tasks, easy.

Part 4. WhatsApp Backup Viewer - Backuptrans

In the last part, we would like to show you another method of how to read WhatsApp backup., Backuptrans to view WhatsApp conversations on your computer. Here is how to use Backuptrans to decrypt and read chat messages from WhatsApp backup.

Step 1: The first thing which you need to do is find the WhatsApp backup file and copy it to your computer. You can do this by connecting your device to your computer, navigating to the location of the backup, and then copying the file from the device to the computer.

How to read WhatsApp backup - Backuptrans

Step 2: Run Backuptrans on your computer and then right-click the database icon to choose 'Import Android WhatsApp Backup Data'.

Import Android WhatsApp Backup Data

Step 3: Select the encrypted backup file and then click on 'Ok' to continue

whatsapp backup extractor-Select the encrypted backup file

Step 4: You may be required to enter your Android account to decrypt the file. Click on 'Ok' to continue

whatsapp backup extractor-decrypt the file

Step 5: All the messages in that file will be decrypted and extracted successfully. You can then choose to export, print, or restore the messages.

whatsapp backup extractor-choose to export, print or restore the messages

Backuptrans has its style and way of doing things. It is an effective tool.


In conclusion, the highlighted WhatsApp backup extraction tools, including Dr.Fone for iOS and Android, as well as Backuptrans's WhatsApp Backup Viewer, provide users with versatile options. Dr.Fone's solutions cover iOS data recovery and WhatsApp transfer, while the Android version extracts messages from devices and Google Drive. Backuptrans offers a user-friendly WhatsApp Backup Viewer. These tools empower users to effortlessly manage their conversations, from extraction for safekeeping to seamless transfers and comprehensive backup viewing. In a dynamic digital landscape, these solutions enhance accessibility, offering users control over their WhatsApp data.

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