I'm trying to export the complete chat between a user on WhatsApp. I have tried using the "Email Chat" option, but it seems this feature does not export the complete conversation. I believe it has some sort of size limit. I experimented with several large conversations (dating back to 2 year ago) - they should definitely be 4 MB+ in file size when exported, but when I export them via Gmail, the file size is always 2 MB. The messages before that are ignored.

I also tried using web.whatsapp.com and scrolling upwards using iMacros and then selecting the text using jQuery but that is proving to be difficult. Browser crashes after a certain point.

I don't believe the database backups in /sdcard/WhatsApp/ are of any use - they're heavily encrypted.

Any interesting work-arounds or solutions?

  • The only solution I could think of, would be to manually pull the unencrypted database from WhatsApp's data folder, and filter it with a thrown-together tool. Unfortunately, this requires root access.
    – Grimoire
    Jul 23, 2016 at 12:28
  • Do you mean the text file it creates before attaching to an email conversation? Yes, it definitely requires root access, but I'm open to ideas. If it works. Jul 24, 2016 at 7:54

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Requirement: rooted device.

Download WA Tweaks and install it. Close WhatsApp process, open WA Tweaks inside the WATweaks App and there you would find a "Conversation" tab. Load conversation. As your chat sizes are huge it may take alot of time. From there you can get complete conversation backed up / emailed.

You can see demo video of the app here on my channel. This should solve your issue. If you have a low end phone it will get stuck.

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