Some friends of mine want to use WhatsApp to send me messages from time to time. But, I don't want to install the app (or I don't want to have it running all the time). Can I configure something within WhatsApp or another service to forward the messages from WhatsApp to an e-mail address via SMS?

Even a solution that requires me to configure a program on my own server would suffice.

  • Whatsapp uses encryption plus proprietary methods which do not allow apps / services to interact with its internals. They're is no such configuration in app - guess that's s dead end
    – beeshyams
    Nov 2, 2018 at 23:43
  • i personally would ignore people who are such ignorant that they won't respect your decision not to use whatsapp and/or too stupid for sending you email instead ;)
    – alecxs
    Apr 17, 2019 at 10:07

2 Answers 2


You can bridge WhatsApp to Matrix using mautrix which can be bridged to other serives like email. It is unfortunatley quite the hacky setup:

  1. Have a Synapse or another Matrix server
  2. Run an Android VM to run WhatsApp
  3. Run the mautrix bridge
  4. Run another bridge, e.g. this one, to bridge to email or wherever desired.

There is no such solution available. But you can install whatsapp and turn off notification - from app settings.

If you want to use whatsapp like email on pc. Try using whatsapp web.


  • Please let me know if it helps Nov 3, 2018 at 20:16
  • I guess you don't want disturbance due to whatsapp messages coming evey now and then or may be you prefer working from your pc Nov 3, 2018 at 20:17

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