How to download media from WhatsApp (audio, photos and video)

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Wondering how to download media from WhatsApp? It’s easy! Stay with us as we’ll explain it throughout this article. If you’re reading this article, chances are that you’ve been using WhatsApp for quite a while. Like you, more than 2 million around the globe are working with it too.

It is being used not only by regular people but also by big company’s employees, and students from all grades for study purposes and regular daily chatting.

WhatsApp is the leader when it comes to communication apps with more than 2 million global users by 2021. A figure that is quickly rising day by day. It has been experiencing outstanding growth since its release in 2009 and has now taken over the communication space.

It runs on mobile devices, both Android and iOS, but you can also access it from your computer. There is a convenient web version of the messenger that you can use on your PC as long as your mobile device remains connected to the network while you’re using the app.

WhatsApp Web can be run by accessing https://web.whatsapp.com on your web browser or through a dedicated Windows or Mac application you can download directly from the WhatsApp website. Although you can only use it on one computer at a time – along with your phone.

It offers a lot of features to allow you to control its use more effectively. Besides, it also lets you download shared media to your phone or computer.

How to download media from WhatsApp (audio, photos and video)

Knowing how to save and keep WhatsApp multimedia stuff in a secure location is highly important. Think of that bunch of photos from the last vacation your friend just sent you. Or those personal photos that were sent by your girlfriend and you don’t want to lose at any cost.

If you have an Android or iOS device – be it a phone or a tablet – those operating systems will keep, by default, every multimedia file in a dedicated folder under your device’s gallery once you have downloaded them.

Having that said, in most circumstances, videos, pictures, and other media files are automatically saved in your device’s internal storage as soon as someone shares that content with you in WhatsApp. You can access it through your gallery app.

Note: WhatsApp lets you choose to automatically or manually download Photos, Videos, or Audio whenever you’re using mobile data or Wi-Fi networks. If you have the automatic setting disabled, then you have to tap each photo, video, or audio to manually download it, so it shows in the specific folder through your device’s gallery.

How to download photos from WhatsApp

On your Android device

As we stated above, if you don’t have your photos set to automatically download from WhatsApp to your phone when you’re using Wi-Fi or mobile data, you need to go through an additional step.

  • Launch WhatsApp on your device and open the desired conversation thread;
  • Then tap on the download icon present on the photo to save it to your Android phone or tablet;
  • Next, open your device’s gallery app and choose the “WhatsApp Images” folder. You may find it under the “Other” section of the Gallery;
  • There you’ll find all of your WhatsApp images. You can copy those photos to any other desired folder on your Android device.

On your iPhone

If you’re using WhatsApp on your iPhone don’t worry, we’ve got you covered as well. Downloading images is also very easy on these devices.

Just like what happens with Android, the addition of photos to the iOS Camera Roll on your iPhone is often automatic. iOS automatically detects a WhatsApp Images folder that is created when the app is installed. Knowing that, saving images manually can be getting you duplicates within your camera roll.

Although, these are the steps you need to go through to save images manually on your iPhone:

  • Open the desired conversation thread where is the media that you want to download;
  • Click on the “Download” button (square with upward arrow) on the bottom-left of the screen;
  • Tap “Download” from the pop-up menu.

On your computer

Learning how to download pictures from WhatsApp Web is also easy. Follow the steps below:

  • Open your WhatsApp Web application;
  • Go to the conversation thread where the photos you want to download are located;
  • Then click on the “three dots icon” on the top-right corner of the chat screen and select “Contact Info” from the drop-down menu;
  • Select “Media, Links and Docs” and go to the “Media” tab;
  • Choose all the images that you want to download to your computer;
  • Click “Download” and choose the destination.

How to download a video from WhatsApp

On your Android phone or tablet

Generally, saving videos is done in the same way as saving photos, as we’ve explained in the above steps.

If you don’t have your videos set to automatically download from WhatsApp to your phone when you’re using Wi-Fi or mobile data, you need to go through an additional step.

  • Launch WhatsApp on your device and open the conversation thread where is the video you want to download;
  • Then tap on the download icon present on the video to save it to your device;
  • Next, open your device’s gallery app and choose the “WhatsApp Video” folder. You may find it under the “Other” section of the Gallery;
  • There you’ll find all of your WhatsApp videos. You can copy the video on there to any other desired folder on your Android phone or tablet.

On your iPhone

Are you an iPhone user? There is also a solution for your situation. Downloading videos is also very easy with iOS devices.

The same way as on an Android, the addition of videos to the iOS Camera Roll on your iPhone is often automatic. iOS automatically detects a WhatsApp Videos folder that is created right when the app is installed.

So, saving videos manually can be getting you unwanted duplicates within your camera roll.

If you want to do it anyway, these are the steps you need to go through to save videos manually on your iPhone:

  • Open the desired conversation thread where is the video that you want to download;
  • Click on the “Download” button (square with upward arrow) on the bottom-left of the screen;
  • Tap “Download” from the pop-up menu.

On your computer

Learning how to download a video from WhatsApp Web is piece of cake. Just pay attention to the following steps:

  • Open your WhatsApp Web application;
  • Go to the conversation thread where the videos you want to download are located;
  • Then click on the “three dots icon” on the top-right corner of the chat screen and select “Contact Info” from the drop-down menu;
  • Select “Media, Links and Docs” and go to the “Media” tab;
  • Choose all the videos that you want to download to your computer;
  • Click “Download” and choose the destination folder.

How to download audio from WhatsApp

Saving audio from WhatsApp is a bit different than saving photos or videos as audio files are not automatically saved within your Android device’s gallery.

On your Android phone or tablet

Wondering how to download WhatsApp audio? There are two methods you can go through to do it.

The first one is by accessing your Android’s internal storage. Follow the steps below:

  • Open the file manager. It is the Files app by default, in most Android devices but you can also use any third-party apps (like ES File Explorer) for the same purpose;
  • Browse to the Internal Storage > WhatsApp > Media > WhatsApp Audio;
  • There you’ll find all the audio files that were sent to you. You can move or copy those files to another destination of your choice.

The other method is even easier, but not so effective when saving a bunch of audio files:

  • Open the WhatsApp application;
  • Go to the conversation where the audio files you want to download are present;
  • Press and hold de audio clip you want to save and tap de share icon at the top right of the window;
  • Then you can save it to your e-mail, send it via Bluetooth, or chose any other destination.

On your iPhone

If you’re using an iPhone, you can go through the second method described above for an Android device and proceed the same way.

On your computer

Downloading audio files from WhatsApp Web is easy. Pay attention to the following steps:

  • Open your WhatsApp Web application;
  • Go to the conversation where the audio files you want to download are present;
  • Then find the audio clip you want to save and click on the arrow to download it;
  • A pop-up menu will be shown where you have to click “Download”;
  • Choose a suitable destination folder on your computer to save the audio, and it’s done!

Wrap Up

Saving media from WhatsApp is simple, be it on your Android device, your iPhone, or your computer. You can easily save photos, video, and audio clips.

Thanks for reading, we hope this article has been useful!