How to Download and Save Videos From WhatsApp Chats

WhatsApp has become one of the most popular messaging apps for sharing photos, videos, and files. With over 2 billion users, it’s easy and convenient to share media with friends and family. However, you may want to download and save some of these videos for offline viewing or sharing outside of WhatsApp.

Fortunately, WhatsApp makes it easy to download videos on both mobile and desktop. Here’s a detailed guide on how to download and save videos from WhatsApp chats.

Downloading WhatsApp Videos on Mobile

WhatsApp automatically saves all incoming media to your phone’s gallery. Here’s how to enable this feature:

On Android

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap the three dots icon in the top right
  2. Go to Settings > Chats
  3. Enable Media Visibility and confirm
  4. Open your phone’s gallery to find the WhatsApp folder containing all saved media

On iPhone

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap Settings at the bottom
  2. Go to Chats > Media Visibility
  3. Toggle on Save to Camera Roll
  4. Open the Photos app to view saved WhatsApp media

Once enabled, you can simply tap any video in WhatsApp chats to have it saved to your gallery automatically.

Manually Saving WhatsApp Videos

If auto-download is disabled, you can still manually save videos from WhatsApp chats:

On Android

  1. Tap and hold the video thumbnail
  2. Tap Save video
  3. Video is saved to device storage

On iPhone

  1. Tap and hold the video thumbnail
  2. Tap Save Video
  3. Video saves to Camera Roll

This method works for saving one video at a time.

Downloading Videos from WhatsApp Web/Desktop

  1. Open on your computer
  2. Log in and navigate to the chat with the video
  3. Click the video to open it
  4. Click the download icon in the top-right corner
  5. Select a download location on your computer

The video will now be available on your computer for offline viewing and sharing.

Downloading Multiple WhatsApp Videos

While the above methods let you download one video at a time, you can use a WhatsApp backup tool to export all media from chats to your computer.

For example, ChatTrans by iMobie lets you backup and export WhatsApp chats and media to PC/Mac. You can download videos, photos, audio files, and documents from both individual and group chats.

The tool also preserves original media quality so you don’t lose any quality when exporting WhatsApp media.

Tips for Managing WhatsApp Media

  • Delete media from chats after saving to clear up space
  • Create albums/folders to organize saved media
  • Use third-party gallery apps for easier media management
  • Transfer media to cloud storage for secure backup
  • Always ask permission before sharing private media files


I hope this detailed guide helps you learn how to download and save videos from WhatsApp easily. With the automatic saving and manual download options covered, you’ll never lose your favorite video files again.

Remember to be mindful of privacy when handling media files from chats. Always ask for consent before sharing videos containing other people.

With the convenience of backing up entire WhatsApp histories, you can store years’ worth of memories on your computer for permanent archival.