If you’re an avid WhatsApp user, you probably have a collection of photos that have accumulated over time. However, these files can take up valuable space on your iPhone. To free up storage and ensure the safety of your files, you can easily transfer WhatsApp media from your iPhone to your PC or Mac. In this article, we will explore four simple methods to help you accomplish this task. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Using File Explorer to Transfer from iPhone to PC

File Explorer, the built-in file management tool on your PC, offers a straightforward way to transfer photos from your iPhone to your computer. Here’s how:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC using a certified MFi cable to establish a secure data transfer connection.
  2. If prompted, click “Trust” to authorize the connection between your iPhone and PC.
  3. Unlock your iPhone using your passcode, password, or biometric authentication (Face ID/Touch ID).
  4. Open File Explorer on your PC and locate your iPhone under the “Devices and Drives” section.
  5. Navigate to the “Internal Storage” > “DCIM” folder on your iPhone.
  6. In the DCIM folder, you’ll find all the photos saved by WhatsApp. Select and highlight the files you want to transfer.
  7. Right-click on the selected files, choose “Cut,” and navigate to the desired location on your PC.
  8. Right-click in the destination folder and choose “Paste” to transfer the WhatsApp files from your iPhone to your PC.

Method 2: Using Image Capture to Transfer from iPhone to Mac

For Mac users, the Image Capture feature simplifies the process of transferring photos from your iPhone to your Mac. Follow these steps:

  1. On your iPhone, go to “Settings” > “Photos” and scroll down to find the “Transfer to Mac or PC” option.
  2. Choose between “Automatic” (compatible with Windows and Android systems) or “Keep Originals” (ideal for Mac or iPhone use only).
  3. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a certified MFi cable.
  4. Open the Image Capture application on your Mac.
  5. Unlock your iPhone using your passcode, password, or biometric authentication.
  6. In the Image Capture app, you’ll see all the media files detected on your iPhone.
  7. Select the photos you want to import to your Mac.
  8. Choose the destination folder on your Mac where you want to store the imported photos.
  9. Click the “Import” button to transfer the selected photos from your iPhone to your Mac.

Method 3: Using iCloud Drive to Transfer WhatsApp Photos

Another option is to back up your WhatsApp media by transferring it directly to iCloud Drive. This method allows you to access the files from any device, including other iPhones, Macs, or Windows computers. Follow these steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp and select the conversation from which you want to transfer photos.
  2. Tap on the contact’s name at the top to access their details.
  3. Scroll down and tap on “Export Chat” > “Attach Media” > “Save to Files.”
  4. Choose iCloud Drive as the destination.
  5. Press “Add” or “Save” to upload the media files to your iCloud account.
  6. Once uploaded, you can access and download the files from any device with iCloud Drive.

Method 4: Using Email to Transfer WhatsApp Photos

If you prefer, you can also transfer WhatsApp media by emailing it to yourself. This method works for both Android and iPhone users and allows you to download the entire chat, including chat history, media files, and stickers. Here’s how:

  1. Open WhatsApp and select the conversation you want to transfer.
  2. Tap on the contact’s name at the top to access their details.
  3. Tap on “Export Chat” > “Attach Media.”
  4. Choose the option to send the chat via email.
  5. Enter your email address and send the email.
  6. Open the email on your PC or Mac, and you’ll be able to download the chat and media files.


Transferring WhatsApp media from your iPhone to your PC or Mac is a simple process that allows you to free up storage space and create a secure backup. Whether you choose to use File Explorer, Image Capture, iCloud Drive, or email, these methods offer convenient ways to manage and preserve your valuable WhatsApp files. Try them out and enjoy more space on your device without the worry of losing your precious memories!


Where does iPhone store WhatsApp media?

iPhone stores WhatsApp media in the DCIM folder, which you can easily locate using the file manager on your iPhone or a computer’s file explorer.

Where are WhatsApp files stored on Mac?

WhatsApp files can be stored in a location of your choice on your Mac. You can designate the location while importing media files using the Image Capture app on your Mac.

Can I view iPhone photos on my PC?

Yes, you can view iPhone photos on your PC by ensuring they are in a compatible format. If they are in HEIC format, which is not natively supported by Windows or Android systems, you may need to use third-party programs or convert the format to a readable one like JPG or PNG.