How to Download WhatsApp Contacts

Now, you can access WhatsApp messenger from your Desktop or Mac. The only thing which you need to make sure that the WhatsApp is running on your mobile device (unfortunately, not an iPhone). Just browse web.whatsapp.com with Google Chrome at your desktop, scan the QR code and you are done! You can now read and write messages to any friend from your WhatsApp Contacts. Another benefit of the desktop version of WhatsApp is that from now, you can send pictures to your WhatsApp friends right from your desktop. You don’t need to transfer them into your mobile device.
However, the release of the desktop version of WhatsApp has unveiled some new doorways. The mobile version of WhatsApp doesn’t offer to download the WhatsApp Contacts so that you can upload them into other address books. It also does not allow you to save the profile pictures from your contacts in WhatsApp. But, both the profile pictures and the contacts can be extracted from the WhatsApp Web.
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How to Download WhatsApp Contacts in Bulk

You can download WhatsApp contacts by using the following bookmarklet and extract them from the Google Chrome browser.
Download WhatsApp Contacts
Drag the above bookmarklet to the toolbar area of your Google Chrome browser, then open the web.whatsapp.com and expand the contact list from the left sidebar.
Next, click on the bookmarklet from the toolbar to create a CSV list or a photo address book. You can see that the contact list at the left side is being scrolled automatically. The JavaScript automatically extracts all the WhatsApp Contacts from the browser and presents them in a organized way.
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You can either choose to export them into a CSV list (press the “Cancel” button from the popup box) or a printable address book with high-resolution Profile pictures, Names and Phone numbers (press “OK” button into the popup box).
CSV-or-photo-address-book
You can also save the total HTML page at your local hard disk. Press Ctrl + S (Cmd + S for Mac) to save it as a HTML file at your desktop.

How to Save WhatsApp Contacts as PDF

After extracting the contacts from the Google Chrome browser, you can save the contact list as a PDF file. Just press Ctrl + P and change the “Destination” from the printer to “Save as PDF”.
Download-WhatsApp-Contacts-as-PDF
Once done, press the “Print” button and it will save the whole page as a PDF file.
Credit: The JavaScript for the bookmarklet was originally written by Mr. Amit Agrwal. See the original code from here.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Tanmay,
    A special thanks to you for sharing this helpful guide related to WhatsApp. Downloading WhatsApp Contacts using the bookmarklet seems quite interesting and simple. Thanks for this useful tutorial.

  2. Really Good and Simple Way … I actualy wanted to download the numbers which are unsaved in whatsapp
    I run a company where i get a lot of enquiries from people so to save them for my database i have to save those number manually .. So all i want is to get those number on a excel… After that things are simple
    Do Tell me if any such thing would be possible

  3. The download process was done, however, the end result is a webpage (not csv file) with a list of contacts till the end of the webpage without any option to scroll down the page, print it or saving to a file. Seems like the webpage is stuck…

  4. The download process was done, however, the end result is a webpage (not csv file) with a list of contacts till the end of the webpage without any option to scroll down the page, print it or saving to a file.how can we download as csv file.

  5. I have downloaded whatsapp contacts using the instructions above.
    For some reason it does not download the entire contact list.
    In my case I have 850 contacts but the application only downloads
    700.
    Any advice on how I can go about downloading the complete list?

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