How to save audio from WhatsApp

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Ever since we’ve published our article about sending MP3 files via WhatsApp on iOS, a lot of our readers have been asking for ways to save received audio files from WhatsApp. Usually, it’s easy to save received photos and videos in Camera Roll (iOS) or the WhatsApp photo album in Photos app (Android and Windows Phone). But saving audio (Voice Messages, Songs, etc.) files from WhatsApp is a bit tricky.

Save audio from WhatsApp on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone

Depending on the platform, WhatsApp stores received audio and voice files in different locations. If you are on Android, you might be able to locate saved WhatsApp audio files with the help of suitable File Manager apps. But on iPhone and Windows Phone, suitable exporting options might not be directly available for received audio files.

Save WhatsApp audio on iPhone

On iOS, WhatsApp stores audio files within its own isolated app storage, which cannot be accessed by other apps directly. However, if you are using the latest version of WhatsApp and have the latest release of iOS installed on your iPhone, you might find an option to export received media files to other third party file manager apps like Documents, via the Share menu.

Follow the steps below to export a received voice or audio file from WhatsApp on iPhone:

  1. Download and install Documents app from the App Store.
  2. Open WhatsApp and pick the conversation containing the desired audio file you want to save.
  3. If the audio is a voice message, it should be downloaded automatically. If it is a music (MP3) file, download the audio by tapping on it.
  4. Tap and hold the message containing the audio and then select Forward.
  5. Now tap on the Share icon on the bottom right corner of the screen.
  6. Select Documents app from the Share menu. The file will be exported from WhatsApp, into Documents app.

Note: Recent versions of WhatsApp store voice memos in .opus format, which is not supported by most media player apps. VLC for iOS is one app that does support playback of .opus files. Hence, you can export voice memos to VLC in order to play them. Audio (music) messages are usually stored in MP3 format, which is supported by most media player apps, including Documents’ own media player utility.

If you don’t find Documents app in the Share menu, you need an app called Workflow, which allows you to create custom workflows combining one or more basic operations available in iOS. The app costs $2.99 and can be downloaded from the App Store.

We have already created a custom workflow for exporting files to other apps, using the Workflow app. All you need to do is to install the app and get our custom flow. You’ll then be able to export audio files from WhatsApp conversions to any suitable file manager app. In this demonstration, we have used Documents app as the file manager.

  1. Download and install Workflow app from the App Store.
  2. Open this workflow page on iOS Safari browser and tap on GET WORKFLOW link. The custom workflow will automatically get added in the WorkFlow app.
  3. Now open WhatsApp and pick the conversation containing the desired audio file you want to save.
  4. Tap and hold the message containing the audio and then select Forward.
  5. Now tap on the Share icon on the bottom right corner of the screen.
  6. Tap on the “More” button in the Extensions section (bottom row) and enable “Run Workflow” from the list of available Activities.
  7. Tap on Done in the top right corner. You should now see the Run Workflow extension in the Share menu.
  8. Tap on Run Workflow from Extensions in Share menu. It will open the list of workflows available in Workflow app.
  9. Select “Save Audio – 7labs” from My Workflows. A popup will ask you whether to run the workflow or not.
  10. Tap on Run Workflow to access the Open In menu and select Documents app from the list.

The audio file will be saved in the Documents app and will automatically start playing. You can now use this file for personal use or transfer it to other locations according to your preference.

Note: Voice messages, which are stored in .opus format, are not supported by Workflow app at the moment. Hence, you won’t be able to save voice memos using the above method. Other audio messages (MP3) can be saved as usual with the help of Workflow.

Save WhatsApp audio on Android

Thanks to Android’s not-so-closed architecture, you can directly access downloaded audio files from WhatsApp conversations. The following steps will guide you to export audio files from WhatsApp on Android, using a suitable File Manager like ES File Explorer.

  1. Download and install ES File Explorer from Google Play Store, if not already installed.
  2. Using ES File Explorer, browse to the /sdcard/WhatsApp/Media/ location.
  3. If you’re looking for a received voice message, go to the WhatsApp Voice folder. If you’re searching for other received audio files, look into the WhatsApp audio folder.

Files will be organized into date-wise folders. Once you have located the right audio file, just copy it and save it to a location of your choice. You may also save WhatsApp audio files to your computer via USB transfer.

Save WhatsApp audio on Windows Phone

Due to the closed ecosystem of Windows Phone, there is no way to export received WhatsApp audio files from your phone. But you can download the received audio files to your computer with the help of WhatsApp Web.

For those who are unaware, WhatsApp Web is a new feature that allows you to chat with your WhatsApp contacts on your PC/Mac. However, for this to work, you need to be connected to the Internet on both your computer and your WhatsApp activated device. WhatsApp Web is right now available for all popular smartphone platforms except iOS.

You might also like: Send MP3 via WhatsApp on Windows Phone.

In order to use WhatsApp Web, you need to register your computer on WhatsApp using the Windows Phone app. On your computer, open Chrome, Firefox or Opera Mini and navigate to “web.whatsapp.com”. A QR Code will be displayed on screen.

  1. Open WhatsApp on Windows Phone and tap on More (…) button in the bottom right corner of the screen and select “whatsapp web” option. A QR Code scanner will be launched.
  2. Scan the QR Code displayed on your computer using the WhatsApp QR Code scanner. Once verified, you can access your WhatsApp chats from the registered computer.
  3. Find a received audio in a particular conversation and click on the chat dialog to open the audio in preview mode.
  4. In the preview mode, click on the Download icon on the top right corner to download the file.

Thus the selected audio file will be saved to your computer.

Note: The above method for saving received audio files on WhatsApp works with all platforms that supports WhatsApp Web (such as Android and BlackBerry).

If you know of any other ways to save audio files from WhatsApp conversations, tell us about it in the comments below. Subscribe to our newsletter for more interesting articles like these.

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  • Adrian

    I was a droid user, recently switched to iPhone 6. It was easy for me to find and extract WhatsApp voice memos on Android. But due to all its restriction, I wasn’t able to do the same on my new iPhone 6. But this workaround makes it super easy to do that in sec!!! Thank you 7labs! ~ Love from Frankfurt 🙂

    • Abbottkal

      How did it work for you on iPhone 6- followed instructions carefully- then workflow threw up error meassage saying “cannot convert file to media” and the closes down

      • Laith

        I believe, you’re trying to share an Apple Music file, which is DRM-protected.

        You can only share music, if it’s not DRM-protected (Like, synced from computer, etc.).

        • Abbottkal

          Hey Laith
          I wrote to workflow support and they replied and answered my querie
          Thank you Laith for your assistance…..
          Cheers
          ___.._______

          Hey,

          Thanks for writing in!

          Unfortunately that method stopped working when Whatsapp switched to Opus. They previously used a different format which was supported. Currently we don’t support Opus, but we do plan to add support in the future and that should then work.

          Sorry for the inconvenience.

          Let us know if we can help with anything else. Thanks again!


          Charlie Bucher
          support@workflow.is

  • Andy Chung

    well now you can use Chrome and login as the Whatsapp Web…you can access the recordings from there 🙂

    • Abbottkal

      How to do that? What is the URL?

      • Laith

        It’s https://web.whatsapp.com/

  • Jaan Raja

    I am a HTC windows phone user. On whatsapp web, I couldn’t find perview mode. Kindly help me in find that. Thanks.

  • worked perfectly on my Nexus, cheers!