[2022 Full Guide] Easy Ways to Export WhatsApp Contacts


Jan 11, 2022 (Updated: Jan 11, 2022) • Filed to: Transfer WhatsApp

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Contacts are without doubt among the most important data on WhatsApp. They represent the connections you have built over time, including contacts of family members, loved ones, and even business partners.

As there is only limited contact you can commit to your memory, save on your phone or, write down in your diary – especially when you belong to a number of WhatsApp groups, there is always the need to export these contacts for safety and future access.

With the likelihood of hundreds or even thousands of contacts to be exported, you sure need a guide such as this to effortlessly export your WhatsApp contacts. Let's get started!

Part 1: Export WhatsApp Contacts in 3 Verified Ways

Exporting WhatsApp contacts is pretty easy with the right information. In this section, we will discuss three simple yet effective methods to export WhatsApp group contacts and individual contacts on both Android and iPhone.

Way 1. Export All WhatsApp Contacts to CSV/HTML/PDF via WhatsMover

The easiest way to save your WhatsApp contacts without limitation or dealing with any technical jargon is with the use of WooTechy WhatsMover software.

It is a complete WhatsApp management tool that makes exporting WhatsApp contacts a walk in the park. WhatsMover requires no technical knowledge and works for both iPhone and Android WhatsApp. More importantly, this software guarantees 100% data privacy and safety. It is just a no-brainer for straightforward and swift contact exportation.

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  • Exports all personal or group contacts at once, no risk of data leakage.

  • You can preview your contacts and other data before exportation.

  • The program allows you to selectively export the files you want and leave the rest.

  • It can also carry out WhatsApp data backup, transfer (cross platform), restore, and more.

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Below are straightforward steps on how to export WhatsApp contacts after you must have downloaded and installed the WhatsMover software.

1 Back Up WhatsApp Data

Launch the WhatsMover software on your PC and connect your device via a USB cable. Click on the Back Up WhatsApp on Devices on the left plane to back up your data.

WhatsApp backup with WhatsMover

2 Export WhatsApp Files

After the backup, select Restore/Export WhatsApp Backup to initiate the exportation process. Choose the backup you just created and click Export to Computer.

choose a WhatsApp backup

3 Preview WhatsApp Files

The chats in the backup will be shown after a scan is completed. You can also preview the files and select the contacts you want to export. Choose either XLS/CSV/HTML or PDF format to export your contacts.

preview WhatsApp data

4 Successfully Export WhatsApp Contacts

Click Export and wait for the process to finish. All chats and the contacts in the backup will be displayed after the exportation is completed.

Way 2. Export WhatsApp Group Contacts to Excel via WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp groups usually contain lots of people (maximum of 256 people) from different places coming together for a common goal such as Business or sharing of information.

More often than not, users do not have the vast majority of contacts on their WhatsApp groups saved locally on their phones. This is even more true when you belong to various groups.

Hence, to avoid losing some of these important contacts, there might be a need to export WhatsApp group contacts. For this exportation method, you need to sign in to WhatsApp web and follow these simple steps:

Step 1. Open WhatsApp web on your PC and click on the WhatsApp group you want to export contacts from.

Step 2. Right-click on the group name and select Inspect from the options displayed. This will split the screen and display a window containing the backend code of the page.

export contacts WhatsApp web

Step 3. Click the arrow sign on the top left-hand corner and click on the contacts on the group title. This displays the area of code where all the group contacts are located.

copy WhatsApp contacts from web

Step 4. Select all the contacts and right-click on them. Choose the copy option and subsequently the copy element option.

Step 5. Open Excel on your PC and paste the contacts there. The contacts will contain some coding jargon at the start and towards that can be easily deleted. Also, the contacts will be pasted on a single cell.

Step 6. To get the contacts arranged in different cells, go to the Data tab and choose the Text to column option. From here, click on Fixed Width from the prompt and then click Finish to close the window. Lastly, select the entire row you want to copy the contacts to and right-click on it. Now select Paste Special and check the Transpose checkbox. Now, click OK to close the window and the contacts will be arranged in an orderly manner.

paste WhatsApp contacts to excel

Way 3. Export WhatsApp Contacts in a CSV file (Android Only)

Exporting WhatsApp contacts to CSV files makes it easy to access the contacts and also convert to other formats such as VCF or vCard formats. Also, it is the foundation to export WhatsApp contacts to Gmail.

This method works only on Android because the third-party app that will be used is only available on Google Playstore. Follow the steps below to get started.

Step 1. Download and install the Export Contacts for WhatsApp app from Google Playstore. Launch the app and log in with your Google account to get started.

Step 2. Click on the Export Contacts button. This will prompt you that you can only export 100 contacts at once in the free version. To export more, you will need to pay for the premium version.

export contacts for WhatsApp app

Step 3. Select the Export 100 Contacts option. This will display a text box for you to name the contact CSV file. Enter the preferred name and select Export to complete the process.

After exporting the contacts to CSV file, you can now convert it to vCard format for easy access.

Step 1. Open the run utility by pressing Window + R. Type wab in the run box and click OK to run the command. This will open the contact window.

Step 2. Click the Import tab from the top of the contact window. From the window displayed, select the CSV file you created and click Next to continue.

import contacts windows pc

Step 3. Now, choose a contact field name for which you would like to create the vCard and click Finish. Wait for the process to complete.

import to windows contacts

Step 4. After the process, choose the Export option from the menu bar at the top of the screen. From here, choose the vCards option and click Export.

convert csv file to vcard on pc

Step 5. Choose a path you would like to use to save the vCards and click OK. This will convert all the contacts imported from the CSV file to vCards format at the chosen path.

Part 2: How Do I Export WhatsApp Contacts to Gmail

As stated earlier, exporting WhatsApp contacts to a CSV file is the prerequisite for exportation to Gmail. Since we have discussed the steps to export WhatsApp contacts to CSV files, let's just get right into exporting the CSV files to Gmail.

Step 1. Open the web version of Gmail and tap the Gear icon on the top right-hand side of your screen.

Step 2. From the options displayed, tap on the Contacts icon. Now, select More and choose the Import option.

import contacts to gmail

Step 3. Tap on the Select File option and attach the CSV file you created. Click OK to complete the process.

Part 3: Can I Transfer WhatsApp Contacts to Another Phone?

Yes, you can transfer WhatsApp contacts to another phone directly with a WhatsApp transfer tool like WooTechy WhatsMover. This top-notch software allows you to transfer all your WhatsApp data such as contacts, chats history, media files and more from one phone to another, no matter it is an Android device or iPhone. This is, without doubt, the best option available to you.

You can also transfer your contacts by uploading them on a sim card and inserting the same sim card on the phone you want to transfer the contacts to. The contacts will automatically be available for chatting on WhatsApp.

Wrapping Up

We have come to the end of this extensive guide containing everything you need to know about how to export WhatsApp contacts. This article has covered series of practicable and working methods to export those all-important contacts.

While all the methods on our list are pretty straightforward, we recommend the use of WhatsMover software as it is not only the easiest but the most effective option. Lastly, it is a complete WhatsApp management platform that gives you control over your WhatsApp data. You surely don’t want to miss out on it.

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