Telegram to let Android, iOS users move chats from WhatsApp: Details


In a bid to attract more users, cloud-based instant messenger app Telegram has now introduced a feature that would let users transfer their chats from rival platforms such as WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk to their Telegram account. Now, this feature would work on both Android and iOS devices.

As per Telegram, more than 100 million users joined the platform this month.

“Over 100 million new users joined Telegram this January, seeking more privacy and freedom. But what about the messages and memories that remain in older apps? Starting today, everyone can bring their chat history – including videos and documents – to Telegram from apps like WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk. This works both for private chats and groups,” the company said in a statement.

On Android, users will have to open a WhatsApp chat, tap > More > Export Chat, then choose Telegram in the Share menu. iOS users need to open the Contact Info or Group Info page in WhatsApp, tap Export Chat, then they have to choose Telegram in the Share menu to move the chat.

“The best part is that the messages and media you move don’t need to occupy extra space. Older apps make you store all data on your device — but Telegram can take up virtually no space while letting you access all your messages, photos and videos anytime you need them,” the company further added. 

WhatsApp rivals Telegram and Signal have been in the news in the recent times after WhatsApp’s suggested changes in data privacy policy. It was then that taking a dig at rival Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of Telegram had gone on record saying that he was willing to give away the secret of being so popular for free and said: ‘respect your users’. 

This came immediately after WhatsApp announced that a revised privacy policy, which indicated a deeper integration with Facebook over data sharing. This saw users migrating to Telegram and Signal — WhatsApp’s alternatives.

The social networking giant is sending in-app notifications to WhatsApp users where they have been informing them that it has decided to enforce new usage terms that give it wider control over users’ data.

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