How to Copy a WhatsApp Message

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How to Export WhatsApp Chat History (iPhone and Android)

Using the export chat feature, you can export WhatsApp chat history from Android and iPhone.

Here are some vital points to keep in mind:

  • No one knows if you exported the chat.
  • You can export up to 10,000 latest messages with media. You can export up to 40,000 messages without media. This one is because of the maximum email size.
  • WhatsApp doesn’t offer the option to export multiple or all chats simultaneously.
  • This feature is not available on WhatsApp Web.

Here are the steps for exporting a WhatsApp chat. I’m starting with Android and then iPhone.


Here are steps for exporting WhatsApp chat on Android:

Launch WhatsApp on your mobile device.

Open the drop-down menu by tapping three vertical dots in the top right corner of your screen.

Choose “Settings” from the list of options.

Open chat settings by tapping the “Chats” option.

Choose “Chat History,” then “Export chat.”

You can choose the chat you like. There are now two options – Without Media and Include Media. If you don’t want media attachments, choose the former. Otherwise, opt for the latter.

You can now view many apps. Choose the email app of your choice. I’ve chosen Gmail here.

Enter an email address to which you wish to send the WhatsApp conversation in the “To:” field.

In the “Subject:” field, change the subject as you want. Tap “Send.”

The receiver will now receive an email. This email will include WhatsApp conversation history as a text attachment. If “Include Media” is selected in the above steps, you’ll also see media attachments in their original formats.

That’s all.

Here’s an alternate method:

Launch WhatsApp chat.

Tap the three vertical dots on the top right, then “More.” Select Export chat between “Clear chat” and “Add shortcut.”

Afterward, follow the same steps as above.


To email WhatsApp chat history on iPhone, follow these steps:

Open a WhatsApp conversation. Tap name on top.

You can find Export Chat between Share Chat and Clear Chat by scrolling down. Tap it.

You can now choose between Attach Media and Without Media. The former includes media attachments, while the latter doesn’t.

You can pick the one you want.

The options and apps are now visible. Choose the email app of your choice. Here, I choose Gmail.

Please enter the email address to which you’d like to send chat history.

If you wish, type the subject. Tap the Send icon.

That’s it.

The receiver will now receive an email with a ZIP file that contains chat history as a text file.

If “Attach Media” is selected in the above steps, you’ll also see media attachments in their original formats.

Here’s an alternate method:

Tap Settings at the bottom of WhatsApp.

Tap Chats between “Account” and “Notifications.”

Under Chat Backup, you can see “Export Chat.” Tap it.

Choose the chat, and the rest of the steps are the same as above.

See: How to Star WhatsApp Messages

How to Copy a WhatsApp Message on Android, iPhone, and WhatsApp Web

Keep in mind that:

  • This one works for contact and group chats.
  • You can only copy the text on WhatsApp Web and Android. On the iPhone, however, you can copy text and media.

Here are steps to copy a message from a WhatsApp conversation (Android and iPhone):

On your smartphone, open WhatsApp.

Tap the chat on which you wish to copy text. 

Hold down the message. Select multiple messages if you’re on Android.

On the iPhone, you’ll see the Copy option between “Forward” and “Reply Privately.”

For Android, tap three vertical dots on the top right and select Copy.

That’s all there is to it.

Note: If you copy over one message, each message will have a timestamp. If you don’t want a timestamp with the duplicated message, copy each message one by one.

You copied the message to the clipboard of your mobile device.

You can paste it into an email or any other app by tapping and holding its text field. Select Paste.

Here’s how to copy the text on WhatsApp Web:

Open chat. Select a message. Press Ctrl + C. So that’s it. Paste the text into the field you want.

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