Treasure Your Conversations with a WhatsApp Chat Book

How to create a whatsapp chat book

After my Mom passed away, preserving memories of my Mom became extremely important to me. A smartphone was the best thing I could ever have given to her because even though we were in different countries, keeping in touch was so easy and it didn’t feel like we were that far away from each other. Our daily WhatsApp conversations are now a precious memory I shall always treasure and are now even easier for me to read and enjoy in a book format.

Coincidentally, I discovered that there are a few companies that offer this service. This is a great option if you’d prefer someone else to do it for you and if it’s important to you to have all the images and emoji symbols included in your chat book. I considered this briefly but after weighing up the costs, I decided on the cost effective route of creating my own WhatsApp Chat ebook.

The steps I’m about to share will give you 2 options:

  1. Create an electronic book of your WhatsApp conversations that can be viewed on a tablet, e-reader or computer
  2. Create a paper book of your WhatsApp conversations

You will need:

  • Your phone
  • A PC or laptop
  • Microsoft Word 2007+ installed on your machine
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your machine

I decided to exclude the images from my book as I couldn’t come up with a quick and easy one step method of inserting the images. (I’m lazy that way – but it’s not impossible to do if you have the patience and have a small book to create).

Please also take note that these steps are taken from an iPhone. The steps will differ for an Android or Windows phone.

Steps on how to create a WhatsApp Chat book

1. Export the chat conversation

  • Open the WhatsApp conversation you want to export by choosing the contact or group
  • Tap the contact’s name or the group subject in the navigation bar (in the same way as if you were to view the contact or group info of the conversation)
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap “Export Chat”

How to create a Whatsapp chat book - export conversation

  • Select if you want to Attach Media or email the conversation Without Media

How to create a Whatsapp Chat Book - export conversation

  • A dialog box will appear where you can directly send your WhatsApp chat to any email. Just type in the email address and tap on Send. Log into your email from your PC and download this file to your PC.
  • If the file is too big, then you will be asked to upload the file to the iCloud drive. If your iCloud drive is not enabled you may get an option to send it via Mail Drop. The Mail Drop option didn’t work for me so make sure your iCloud drive is enabled from Settings -> iCloud -> iCloud Drive -> On. If your iCloud drive is enabled then a dialog box will appear allowing you to save it to the drive. From here you then need to log into your iCloud account via www.icloud.com from a PC and can now download the file from the iCloud to your PC. If you chose to Attach Media, the images will be included in a separate folder as part of the zip file.

2. Editing the conversation

  • Now that the text file is saved on your PC, the next step is to open it from Microsoft Word.

How to create a Whatsapp Chat book using MSWord

  • A dialog box may appear asking you to select the encoding. Leave it on the default “Unicode UTF-8” and click on OK.

How to create a Whatsapp Chat book using MSWord

  • It may take a few seconds for the file to load into Word but once the text is visible you can now proceed with editing.
  • Edit the document by changing the font, adding page numbers, spacing, a book title and a cover page image. If you’re OCD like me then you could change the font to one of the more popular fonts used in self-published books such as Garamond, Janson, Palatino or Book Antiqua.

How to create a whatsapp chat book

  • If you chose the option to Include Media when you exported your Whatsapp conversation from your phone then there will be a reference in the conversation to the name of the image file. You could use this as a pointer for where to insert the images. You can use Microsoft Word’s “Insert Picture” facility to do this. I chose to skip this step.

3. Save as PDF for an ebook

Once you’ve completed editing your document, you are now ready to save it as a PDF. By default, Microsoft Word 2007 and up has the option to save your document as a PDF. To save the document go to File -> Save As -> Click on the File Types drop down and choose the PDF option.

How to create a Whatsapp Chat book - save as pdf

Depending on the size of the file, it may take a little while for the PDF file to generate. A spinning circle will be visible while the PDF document is being created. When the file is finished generating it will open in Adobe Acrobat Reader as can be seen in the screenshot below. And voila! You now have an ebook which cost nothing to create!

How to create a whatsapp chat book

To view this Ebook on your iPad you need to upload it to your iCloud Drive from your PC and then download it from the iCloud Drive onto your iPad. Or you could also email it to yourself and access the PDF file from your device that way. If you use the Kindle app on your iPad, you could save the PDF to the Kindle app so that you can access your book using this app.

4. Save as RTF to create a printable book

If you’d prefer to create a hard copy of your book, then instead of saving the document as a PDF, save it as an RTF file.

How to create a whatsapp chat book

5. Create a printable book

I briefly considered using a company called Blurb to have my book printed. They have 3 different sized options to print Trade Books in black and white or colour. Should you wish to follow this route then you’ll need to install their application for creating books. There will be an option to add the RTF file that you created in the previous step. From here, you can then continue to create your very own book which will obviously come at a cost.

How to create a whatsapp chat book
I thought this was a post worth writing because maybe one day mobile phones will become extinct. And maybe you also might have entertaining or meaningful conversations that you’d like to keep forever, printed in a book for yourself or as a gift to someone 🙂

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One Messy Mama

20 Comments

  1. Cheryl Lau Foy
    13th April 2017 / 6:31 AM

    Good one Nat!

    • whatudidntknow
      13th April 2017 / 7:43 AM

      Thank you!

  2. 13th April 2017 / 8:47 AM

    What a lovely way to preserve memories. I did not even know that you could create chat books. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • whatudidntknow
      13th April 2017 / 8:56 AM

      Hi Miriam, I’ve been racking my brain the last few months on how to do this in the simplest manner! I don’t have the images and all the emoji but it’s the text thats most important to me 😉

  3. 25th April 2017 / 1:27 PM

    That’s something I didn’t know you could do! Very interesting.

    • whatudidntknow
      26th April 2017 / 9:07 AM

      Glad you found it interesting! 🙂

  4. 28th April 2017 / 3:30 AM

    This is such a lovely idea, and I am sorry to hear about your mom passing away. Thank you for sharing it with us =o) I have so many chats I would love to save them.

    dreamofadventures.com

    • whatudidntknow
      28th April 2017 / 6:15 AM

      Hello, thanks for your message. I’m glad I was able to share something that will hopefully be useful to you.

  5. 29th April 2017 / 10:12 AM

    Good idea!

    • whatudidntknow
      1st May 2017 / 5:13 PM

      Thank you!

    • whatudidntknow
      29th May 2017 / 7:46 PM

      Thanks Heather

  6. 29th May 2017 / 10:07 PM

    I don’t use WhatsApp but I have hat least heard of it. I’m sorry to hear about your mum, I hope your family are coping with your loss. It must be special to have any conversations kept safe #globalblogging

    • whatudidntknow
      30th May 2017 / 6:06 AM

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m so grateful for the many conversations I shared with my Mom and that I’m now able to relive her voice through my memoir of her.

  7. 30th May 2017 / 1:31 AM

    Just love this! What a precious keepsake! Thanks for sharing! #globalblogging

    • whatudidntknow
      30th May 2017 / 6:06 AM

      Thank you

  8. 3rd June 2017 / 6:25 AM

    I never knew you could do this! What a revelation. Although there’s a fair few whatsapp convos I’d really rather forget about! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging

    • whatudidntknow
      3rd June 2017 / 7:40 AM

      Hi Rach, glad I could share something new with you 🙂

  9. 5th June 2017 / 8:58 AM

    What a great way to save your memories, it’s a bit scary now that everything is digital because you could easily lose all of your memories. Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

    • whatudidntknow
      5th June 2017 / 5:40 PM

      Yes I completely agree that it’s easier to lose digital memories hence why we have to remember to back up 🙂

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