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Telegram rolls new update to import chat history from other apps like WhatsApp

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WhatsApp faced a backlash recently after it changed its privacy policy and terms of service. As a result, people started moving to other platforms and alternatives like Telegram witnessed a surge in downloads. In a bid to sustain and seize the opportunity, the latter is now rolling an update to import chat history from other apps.

In a blog post, Telegram shares how to migrate the chats from other social media Apps. The company, which has witnessed 100 million downloads in January, says users can import the chat including videos, documents. Currently, supported apps include WhatsApp, Line, and KakaoTalk.

To move a Chat across the App on Android/iOS, just press export Chats and select Telegram on the Share menu that appears. Precisely, you can follow the steps below:

  • Android: Open the Donor App(eg. WhatsApp)-> Individual Chat/Group->tap ⋮ > More > Export Chat, then choose Telegram on Share Menu.
  • iOS: Similarly, Open the WhatsApp->Contact Info/Group Info page in WhatsApp, tap Export Chat, then choose Telegram in the Share menu.

Note: In iOS, you can also export chats directly by swiping left on Chat->Export

As soon as you do this, the messages will get migrated to Telegram including Timestamps to the current day. This means the same User/Group, whose chat is migrated will be notified and can see the messages.

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Telegram, which stores all the data in Cloud, saves Space too as you can delete the local storage(incl. Messages, Doc, Videos) and re-download it whenever needed.

Apart from the migration feature, Telegram’s new update also brings other improvements to Privacy. For instance, you can now delete groups, secret chats, and call history for everyone at the same time.

Other features like improved audio players, voice chats with volume controls for each chat, improved accessibility with TalkBack and VoiceOver, report fake channels/groups(Profile->tap ‘…’ >

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Report > Fake Account), Greeting stickers for new chats, and more.

Android users get better animations when downloading files, playing music, or loading chats. If we recall, the last update brought voice chats, with revamped animations and SD card support.

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