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WhatsApp - Saving an Unencrypted Backup of Chat Messages?


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#1 F1Help

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 11:57 AM

Hi,

 

I am considering using WhatsApp on my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone that used Android 6.0.1.

 

Is there any way to save an unencrypted (plain text) backup of chat messages that can be accessed outside of WhatsApp?  For example, an XML file or just a plain text file.

 

I understand that WhatsApp does have a backup feature but it looks like the backup will be encrypted.  I don't like the idea of locking my data (chat messages in this case) exclusively to the app.

 

Thanks.



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 11:00 AM

There is an option to send a chat as plain text via e-mail.  However, I would prefer an option to download the chat locally without sending it over e-mail (for security and privacy reasons).



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:36 PM

Here is my option for backing up WhatsApp chats:

 

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 11:17 AM

Here is my option for backing up WhatsApp chats:

 

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The backup option is very similar on my Android phone, which backups to a local file and Google Drive.  The files of the cloud backup are not directly accessible to the user though (but should be usable through WhatsApp's proprietary restore process).






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