Messaging app Telegram has added a new feature enabling users to migrate their chat history from competing apps like WhatsApp, and it comes at an opportune time.
However, likely inhibiting the decision to depart from WhatsApp Island is leaving behind all of those year’s-long group chats and archived messages from loved ones. Now iPhone and Android WhatsApp users can export their chats to their new home on Telegram, or so the theory goes.
In a blog post on the matter, Telegram explains how to migrate entire chats so contacts can seamlessly pick up the thread. The app says all messages will continue to bear their original timestamps and include attachments like media and documents. All members of the chat will then see the messages if they have Telegram installed.
The process is explained below:
To move a chat from WhatsApp on iOS, open the Contact Info or Group Info page in WhatsApp, tap Export Chat, then choose Telegram in the Share menu.
On Android, open a WhatsApp chat, tap ⋮ > More > Export Chat, then choose Telegram in the Share menu.
As well as WhatsApp, the export option is also available to users on Line and KakaoTalk users as Telegram seeks to bring in more users from services around the world.
For its part, WhatsApp says the changes do not require any further user data to be shared with Facebook, but has delayed the introduction of the policy for a few months as it seeks to clarify the situation and clear up what calls “confusion” surrounding the matter.