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How to Save Media from WhatsApp to Your Phone or PC

You can look to this article to detail how you can save videos and pictures you receive on WhatsApp to the camera roll of your phone, or to your computer. 

How to Save Media from WhatsApp to Your Phone

So, you just got back from a vacation with your friends and you have asked them to send you all of the pictures and videos they captured through WhatsApp so you can keep them and view them whenever you wanted.

Now, once you get this flurry of media, you notice there is just one small problem: You don’t know how to save WhatsApp photos and videos to a gallery. How do you conveniently view them in the future if you cannot save them now?

Not to worry.

Hello everyone! Frankie here again to teach you another dirty little trick to help you master WhatsApp.

In fact, I can explain just below here how you can save to any operating system that is compatible with WhatsApp – even those running on a PC or Mac.

It is a very simple process that even the least tech-savvy person can handle.

All you are going to have to do is take a few minutes of time and read through what I have put together in this article. I have a few helpful tips and some specific instructions that can help you save media to your device in no time.


Frankie’s Take:

At the end of this guide, I imagine you can have all of the images and videos saved to your respective device that you wanted. With that said, all you need to do now is continue reading and try to have a little fun while you’re at it.

Let’s get started.

Save WhatsApp Photos and Videos to Android Gallery

As I mentioned earlier, saving WhatsApp photos and videos to your device is very simple.

With Android phones and tablets, even images used in WhatsApp are added to the device’s gallery once you have downloaded them.

What this means is, under most circumstances, photos and videos you receive can become immediately available within Android’s Gallery app.

Well, if you have already followed the guide I wrote on deactivating automatic downloads of photos and videos, you have to manually download these images received in the conversations you have.

To continue, tap on the download button located on the top right corner of the screen in your image preview (looks like a down facing arrow). Wait for the download to complete. Your image is available in the Gallery.

Images downloaded from the WhatsApp application are saved to WhatsApp/Media/WhatsApp folder in the Images portion of the Android’s main memory breakdown.

You can access them ‘manually’ by downloading secondary software like X-Plore File Manager.

You should keep in mind that this folder can get emptied automatically.

One advantage to this is that it can fee up space on your phone, so photos and videos in it get deleted from the device’s memory – but also consequently the Gallery app as well.


Frankie’s Take:

If you use software designed to optimize internal memory, I would advise you to keep a backup of your images and videos on a PC or cloud service.

Saving WhatsApp Photos and Videos to iOS Camera Roll

Do you use WhatsApp on an iPhone? Don’t worry, saving these images and videos is also very easy with these devices as well.

Before you continue, though, you should know that the addition of photos and videos to the Camera Roll of your smartphone is often automatic.

The operating system can ‘detect’ a WhatsApp image folder you create when you install the app.

With that being said, saving images manually can have you finding duplicates within your camera roll.

This is an operation that I would recommend you do, however, as this ensures that the files can stay on your device and remain stored.

But where?

Once you synced, you can find these files on both iTunes and the iCloud. This is true even if you delete WhatsApp or its Media Gallery.

So now that you have the right information, it is time to take action.

To save the images and videos to an iOS Camera Roll, here is what you do:
  1. Open up the message with the media that you want to download.
  2. Click on the download button (square with upward arrow) on the bottom left of the screen.
  3. Select download from the pop-up menu.

Now, photos and videos get ‘duplicated’ and saved to the system’s camera roll.

Saving Photos and Videos from WhatsApp to PCs

For a more convenient approach, have you considered using WhatsApp for PC to download images directly to your PC? That would be a wise decision!

In fact, thanks to the development of the PC version, you can save both photos and videos directly to your images folder on the computer, so you can add them to a gallery of your choosing.

You no longer need to worry about moving them from your device to your computer as you might have to for other images.

Here is what you can do to save photos and videos from WhatsApp for Windows and MacOS, as well as WhatsApp Web (online version of the service.)


If you are using a Windows-based PC, and have not already downloaded the WhatsApp client –

do the following:
  1. Connect to the WhatsApp website
  2. Click on Download for Windows button on the bottom right to launch an installation file (WhatsAppSetup.exe)
  3. Wait for this program to start automatically, which should happen within a few minutes.
  4. Once you are done downloading, you can open it using the icon created on the desktop. Also, you can find it in the Windows Start menu.

At some point, you must ‘link’ the WhatsApp application on your smartphone to the program you downloaded on the computer by scanning the QR Code that appears on the PC screen.

So, pick up your phone and start up WhatsApp on it. button

If you are using Android.

To do this:
  1. Tap the ⋮ button (three vertical points) on the top right of your phone screen.
  2. Select WhatsApp Web in the drop down menu.
  3. Tap on the (+) button in the upper right corner and you can scan the QR Code displayed on the PC screen.

If you are using an iPhone.

The process is nearly the same:
  1. Press the Settings button on the bottom right of the screen
  2. Click WhatsApp Web/Desktop on the new options that appear
  3. Choose Scan QR Code option

Once you have logged in and linked, click on the chat that contains photos and videos you wish to download.

Then do the following:
  1. Move your mouse over the image until a downward arrow appears on the upper right portion of this message.
  2. Click on it, and when the menu appears, choose download.
  3. Once you do this, click on the Windows IMAGES folder located on the left bar, inside the new File Explorer window, and then choose to save.

Also, you can get the same results by clicking on the image in the conversation, then choosing download. This icon is found in the bottom right corner of the image preview.


The procedure necessary for downloading images and videos with WhatsApp for Mac to the Gallery is just as simple, and in many ways, similar to what you have read just above.

The only difference here is the way that you download and install the program, and in the way the image saving window gets managed.

With that being said, to transfer your photos or videos from WhatsApp to the Pictures folder on your Mac,

Here is what you do:
  1. Connect to the WhatsApp website for computers and click on Download for MacOS button. Wait for the client to get copied to your disk.
  2. Click on the file you just downloaded and drag it to the Applications folder on your Mac.
  3. Right-click on this created icon in the folder, then choose Open from the available menu. Click on the Open button again (but you only need to do this second part the first time).

Now, you can follow an almost identical step-by-step process to reach the QR Code for linking your account and downloading images.

How these pictures get saved, however, is a different story.

Once you have selected to download, you can assign a name to the photo or video that you intend to save by typing in the Save As box that appears. You need to also choose a destination for the file (e.g. Downloads). This is located in the drop-down menu. Once you have done this, you can choose to save.

Once you have done this, import new images as you usually would with the Photos app.

Start the photo app by clicking on the icon in your Dock (colored flower). Drag photos or a video that you want to add to this gallery from WhatsApp into this opened program window.

Saving Photos or Videos from WhatsApp Web

Have you chosen to use WhatsApp Web simply because you don’t want to have to install any more programs on your computer? I completely understand.

You can still comfortably use this service as a starting point for downloading and saving photos and videos directly to your PC or Mac.

You will find that the process is very similar to the steps listed for both WhatsApp for Windows and MacOS, and requires no additional steps or special hoops.

To do this:
  1. You must first connect to the WhatsApp Website
  2. If you have not already done this, link the app to a smartphone/tablet using a QR Code shown on the screen as I have explained in other sets above.
  3. Now, click on the conversation containing the media that you want to save. If necessary, download this to WhatsApp Web by pressing on the download option located on the preview screen.

Once the download completes,

proceed as you have in other steps to save it to your computer:
  1. Move your mouse over the photo or video to download.
  2. Click the down arrow and then on the actual Download option that appears in the menu. You can also choose to click on the image’s download button on the top right.
  3. Choose the Images (Windows) folder or the Pictures (Mac) folder as a destination. Macs use a manual import using the Photos app, and you can see this process listed above.

Frankie’s Take:

If you are curious to get a detailed guide on how to utilize the web versions of famous messaging apps. I would recommend that you thoroughly read through a tutorial I have comprised on how to use WhatsApp Web.

I hopefully have been of assistance to you with this matter. If you have any questions or concerns – I am always available to answer them when you drop a message below.

3 Things You (Likely) Don’t Know About Sharing Photos and Videos Through WhatsApp

This is a video intended to tell you three things that you might not know when you share a photo or video on WhatsApp.

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    1. Every media item shared through WhatsApp loses its original capture quality. Photos and videos get automatically compressed by the WhatsApp application before they send so they are lighter and easier to send across already crowded servers.Do you know there’s a way to share photos and videos on WhatsApp without losing the original quality? I’ll tell you about it in this article, have a look
    2. When you are sharing photos and videos through the site, you have lost control of them. It sends in seconds to a server that you cannot access. Basically, even if you delete the media from your smartphone, it can remain on this server and continue to get shared by others you have sent the file to.
    3. All of the media shared through the application is susceptible for interception by spyware. There are many ways people have to spy on WhatsApp, and an attacker using a spyware program to monitor your smartphone can intercept this image or video.

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I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media, instant messaging apps and computer security. I help all those frustrated people who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world.